Common Myths and Facts About Coronavirus Disease
Till date the death toll due to coronavirus has reached around 4,00,000 worldwide. But still, there seems no end to this heinous devastation that has left the entire world in jitters.
Neither the governments are seeing any silver lining nor are the healthcare workers able to find the vaccine of this virus till date.
The outbreak of the virus has not left the online world out of its trap and living in the era of social media; people are quickly consuming whatever the social platforms are injecting in them.
Misinformation is thriving on every platform whose aim was to make people aware.
Let’s not spread the myths or believe in them, being a responsible citizen of the country. Because together we can, and we shall pass this horrific time.
Myth vs Facts
Times are uncertain, but facts are not. And with every nation entering the lockdowns with an effort of flattening the curve of the outbreak, it becomes indispensable to refrain ourselves from believing some miraculous cures or theories spread about COVID-19.
Here’s a list of common myths that need to be debunked as they stand nowhere on the scale of scientific relevance:
Myth 1: Wearing masks guarantees no transmission of the virus.
Fact: Wearing masks does not assure that you will not be infected; it is just advisable to wear them for not spreading the water droplets in the environment. As per Dr Randeep Guleria from AIIMS, this gear of protection can lead to infection if a person touches an infected surface and then touches the mask for adjustment. This still leads to the transmission of the virus in the body.
Myth 2: The virus is going to end in hot and humid weather.
Fact: As reported by the World Health Organisation, there is no evidence or scientific proof that the transmission will not occur in hot and humid areas. Also, thinking that with a rise in temperature, the virus will get killed is untrue.
Myth 3: Non-vegetarian food can result in infection.
Fact: Though COVID-19 belongs to the group of zoonotic diseases(diseases that transfer from animals to humans), yet there are no medical findings of the virus being present in the non-vegetarian meals like poultry products, meat etc.
Myth 4: Mosquito bites can accelerate transmission.
Fact: Till date, there has been no information or evidence that suggests new coronavirus transmits through mosquitoes or mosquito bites. The primary cause of its spread are water droplets or touching the infected surfaces that transfer the virus to your lungs through face, nose and mouth.
Myth 5: Pneumonia vaccines can protect against the newl corona
Fact: This is a myth that pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (HIB) vaccine can help you fight Covid-19. No vaccine has been invented yet to cure the COVID-19.
Even the antibiotics cannot prevent the virus; they help you fight the bacterial infection.
Myth 6: Garlic and Vitamin C supplements will stop you from catching the infection.
Fact: Garlic and vitamin C are healthy supplements that benefit the body in many ways. However, there is no scientific evidence that people who consumed garlic or vitamins are not affected by the present virus or will not be affected.
Myth 7: Only adults are prone to infection and kids cannot catch the virus.
Fact: COVID-19 is affecting people of all ages. In India, as reported by Times of India, the youngest patient of the corona was a three-year-old baby in Mumbai. Older people or the people housing some medical conditions like asthma, heart & lung disease, and diabetes are more vulnerable to the virus.
Myth 8: Cold weather will burst the virus.
Fact: According to WHO, the cold weather cannot kill the virus. To add scientific relevance, they even said whatever the temperature is outside; the body temperature remains 35 to 36 degrees only.
Myth 9: Receiving any package from the infected area is dangerous.
Fact: It is highly recommended that you wear gloves whenever you are going to buy essentials and wash your hands thoroughly after returning. But as such, there exists no scientific relevance that people receiving packages are at higher risk of catching the virus. The virus has poor survivability on such packaging surfaces.
Myth 10: Don’t breastfeed if you are infected with COVID-19.
Fact: According to WHO, the mother having COVID-19 must not stop breastfeeding her child, because being already in contact with the virus, breastfeed will help the child in having a stronger immunity and get protection against illness.
Since no vaccine or particular medicine is yet invented to kill the virus, it becomes mandatory for all of us to follow every precautionary and preventive action to combat COVID-19. It becomes essential for all of us to be aware of and spread awareness.
Just follow these simple steps as per the health advisory, which seems the best solutions as of now for curbing the virus:
- Strictly follow lockdowns
- Self-isolation and quarantine is the prominent control measure
- Frequently wash your hands
- Don’t touch your face and mouth often
- Sanitize your place and hands with an alcohol-based sanitizers
- Wear masks and gloves
Support Your Government and Health-aid workers
As the responsible citizens of any nation, let’s all unite to fight this darkening period that shall pass. Make sure to follow every guideline that your respective governments and authorities in -charge are issuing. Together we can, and we will fight this virus by taking every measure that we require to take.
Here’s a link that can help you keep yourself updated with dos and don’ts of the virus: MoHFW
Let us all support all the rules and stay at our homes so that our health aid workers can help those in need. It’s high time we help all the responsible authorities so that they can help us.
If you have any query related to the virus or have other health issues, you can contact Ojas Hospital.