Myths about coronavirus

Television, Newspapers, Social Media, YouTube – whatever it means, there is now a word everywhere – ‘coronavirus.’ There’s a lot of news going around about COVID-19 – sometimes it’s hard to tell fact from fiction. As much as people knowing about the disease caused by this virus, they are also getting a lot of misinformation, which is a big obstacle in the way of building a proper resistance against the disease.
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Today’s article highlights the various rumors circulating about the novel coronavirus so that we can all be aware and convey the correct information to everyone. Let’s tackle a few common myths.

1) COVID-19 is not a big deal for young people

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Actually, people of all ages can be affected by COVID-19. In fact, the Centre for Disease Control reports that of all COVID-19 cases, the age of 35% of people are in 49 and under. And 1 in 5 people hospitalized for severe COVID-19 was between the ages of 20 and 44.

But perhaps the greater danger is that young people may spread the virus to those most vulnerable to COVID-19, people with other health problems, and the elderly.

So let’s look out for each other by staying home and stopping the spread.

2) Coronavirus doesn’t spread in very Hot or very Cold Climates

Based on current data, coronavirus can spread all types of weather.

3) If you spray alcohol or chlorine on the skin, the virus will die

This is completely false. Instead, the application of alcohol or chlorine to the skin can harm the skin, especially if it gets into the eyes or mouth. Although we can use it to disinfect the surface of various things, they should not use on the skin. Alcohol or chlorine can do nothing for the virus inside the body.

4) Only the Elderly and the Young are at risk

Coronavirus can infect people of any age. However, any person, whether he is old or young, if he already has a disease, such as diabetes or asthma, then he is more likely to get sick. So such people should be more aware of themselves and other members of their family at the same time.

5) Children’s can’t get COVID-19

It has been said in the previous point that people of any age can be affected by it. Although most of the cases so far are in adults, children are not immune. Their symptoms may not be so severe, but they are also at risk.

Anyone of any age can be affected.
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Coronavirus was found in the body of a newborn in London on March 15, 2020.

6) Covid-19 is just like the flu

The symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 are similar to those of the flu; Such as- body pain, fever, and cough. Both of these can range from mild to horrific, even leading to death. Both of these can lead to pneumonia.

However, the issue of this Covid-19 is more severe than the flu. The mortality rate varies from region to region, as of Worldometers so far (June 29, 2020) it has been seen as 8% overall. Researchers are trying to determine the exact mortality rate.

7) Coronavirus is spread through parcels from China

Scientists say the virus could not survive on the surface a letter or any other parcels for more than 4 hours. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if a product finally arrives at its destination after several days or several weeks of travel, it is less likely to be infected through a coronavirus-infected area.

Read: How Long Does Coronavirus Survive On The Surface Of Different Objects?

8) Infection with the novel Coronavirus means Death

This is absolutely False. This issue has been raised in the previous point. Anyone can be sure of the matter by visiting Worldometers and looking at different statistics. A recent report by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that in 80.9 percent of cases, the symptoms were mild.

9) Cats and Dogs can spread Coronavirus

There is little evidence in this regard. A few days ago, however, a man from Hong Kong was infected with Covid-19, and his dog was also affected. Yet, the dog did not show any symptoms of the virus. Scientists blame humans for the widespread of the virus.

10) Safety is guaranteed while using a Face Mask

Healthcare workers use professional face masks, which fit tightly around the face, to protect themselves from infection.

The masks that health workers use are professional face masks that fit tightly around their faces. As a result, it provides them excellent protection against the virus. On the other hand, disposable face masks are unable to provide this protection. They do not stick tightly around the mouth; small particles of fluid can easily enter the nose and mouth. Tiny viral particles can also pass through them. But yes, if someone has a respiratory illness, using a mask can protect others from being infected.

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According to Dr. Ben Killing, a consultant in Acute Medicine and Infectious Diseases at University College London Hospital in the United Kingdom, there is little evidence that using a face mask can protect a person from coronavirus. Instead, many people use face masks to become overconfident about their well-being. They no longer have to worry about other important ways to avoid the disease (such as washing hands).

According to the World Health Organization, if someone is in charge of caring for someone infected with Covid-19, they should use a face mask. However, this mask’s use will be useful only if one keeps his hands clean with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water regularly. After using the mask, it should destroy in such a way that it does not act as a source of the disease again.

11) Hand Dryer Destroys Coronavirus

No, hand dryers can’t do that. To protect yourself and your family and loved ones against the virus, wash your hands regularly with alcohol-based hand rubs, soap, and water.

12) You have to be with someone for 10 minutes to get infected with Covid-19

The longer you stay with someone infected with Covid-19, the more likely it is for another person to become infected. However, it can be less than 10 minutes.

13) Washing the nose with saline protects against coronavirus

No, there is no scientific explanation behind this statement.

14) It is possible to protect yourself through gargling Bleach

No, this statement is entirely baseless. Instead, the person who does this will have to suffer a lot of physical damage.

15) Antibiotics are Coronavirus Suppression

Ops, Antibiotics only kill Bacteria, not Viruses.

16) Thermal scanners can detect coronavirus

A thermal scanner can detect if someone has a fever. Seasonal flu can also cause a person to have a fever.

Thermal Scanner
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However, it takes 2-14 days to appear symptoms of coronavirus. This means that the infected person will remain at normal body temperature before fever begins. And this time, the thermal scanner will not be able to detect coronavirus any way.

17) Garlic is able to resist Coronavirus

Although some research has shown that garlic’s antibiotic properties are indicated, there is no evidence that it can protect against coronavirus.

18) Prevention against corona is possible through Home Remedies

No effective home remedy was found against Covid-19. This means that things like taking vitamin C, essential oil, silver colloid, sesame oil, garlic, or drinking water after every 15 minutes will not protect you against coronavirus. Instead, clean your hands regularly and avoid areas where there may be people infected with Covid-19.

And cleaning products, like Bleach, should never be swallowed or injected!

19) You can get coronavirus even if you eat Chinese food in different countries.

No, that’s completely baseless.

20) The virus can be spread through Feces and Urine.

No, this is not true!

21) If the temperature rises, the virus will Die.

Some viruses, such as flu viruses, can spread more easily in the winter. But this does not mean that when the temperature rises, their efficiency drops to zero.

Scientists are still not quite sure what kind of change in temperature is going to bring about Covid-19.

22) This coronavirus is the most dangerous virus in the History of Humankind

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SARS-CoV-2 may be more deadly than influenza. But it is inappropriate to call it ‘The deadliest virus in Human History.’ For example, the Ebola virus has a higher mortality rate than the novel coronavirus.

23) It is possible to prevent Covid-19 with flu and pneumonia vaccine

So far (June 29, 2020), no vaccine has been discovered to challenge this virus.

24) The origin of this virus in a laboratory in China

There are many rumors on the internet, but there is no evidence. Scientists speculated that the virus might have originated in the human body from pangolins (African and Asian mammals) or bats.

25) The virus has spread so fast because people ate bat soup.

Although scientists are convinced that it spread to humans from the animal kingdom, there is no hard evidence that coronavirus came from bat soup.

26) Bathing with hot water can prevent coronavirus.

No! That’s also absolutely baseless. Instead, if you take a bath with hot water to build more resistance, then maybe you can burn your skin with hot water!

27) The virus dies in cold weather and snow.

No, brother!

28) Coronavirus can also be spread through mosquito bites.

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So far, no scientific evidence has been found to support this claim. The virus can be spread through the sneezing-coughing-saliva of an infected person.

29) An ultraviolet disinfection lamp Can it be used then?

This lamp cannot be used for cleaning hands or any other part of the body, as it will cause burns to the area.

30) Drinking alcohol reduces the risk of infection

In response to the one-story plot surrounding alcohol and Covid-19, the WHO issued a statement. They explain that alcohol can disinfect the skin, but it does not work the same way inside the body.

What should we do?

We can arm ourselves with information from trusted sources like the World Health Organization, Centre for Disease Control, and your local health authority. The CDC recommends these following simple measures to reduce the spread of SARS-Covi-2:

  • Avoid close contact with people who seem ill
  • Not trying to touch the eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay at home when you sick.
  • Sneezing into a tissue, then throwing it in the trash or sneezing at the elbow joint.
  • Uses standard clearing sprays and wipes to disinfect often touched objects and surfaces
  • Wash hands with regular soap for at least 20 seconds or use hand rub.
  • Covering the face of clothes in stores, pharmacies and other public settings

Last Words

It is true that information has become available. As a result of the significant advancement of communication technology, rumors spread even faster than this. So be aware of yourself, and make others aware of these things. Don’t spread rumors, but spread the message that these are rumors and lies. Even then, if someone says these words, tell him with the link of this writing, “Hey brother, where are you listening to all this! These are absolutely false! Read this article in; then, you will know everything!”