The novel Coronavirus has brought the world to a halt. As the days pass by, life seems more and more like a dystopian movie. There’s every reason for us to be cautious but it’s best to draw the line before caution turns into panic.
There have been countless news articles and social media posts about the outbreak that have continued to spread online. But this relentless flood of information makes it difficult to separate fact from fiction — and during these vulnerable times, rumors and misinformation can be dangerous.
Myth No. 1: Coronavirus cannot transmit in hot and humid weather
The evidence gathered so far suggests that the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in any area, including ones with hot and humid weather. Whatever the climate may be, don’t be lax in adopting safety measures. Protect yourself against COVID-19 by cleaning your hands frequently . This kills the viruses that may be on your hands and prevents the spread of infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
Myth No. 2: Cold weather and snow kills the virus.
There is no evidence that cold weather had any impact on the new coronavirus or other diseases. The normal human body temperature of humans remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, at all external temperature or weather. Safety measures must be adopted regardless of the weather or the temperature.
Myth No. 3: Taking a hot bath prevents coronavirus
Hot baths/showers does not prevent anyone from catching COVID-19. The body temperature remains the same i.e. 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of your bath’s temperature. In fact, taking hot baths with extremely hot water can be dangerous, as it can burn you.
Myth No. 4: Coronavirus can transmit through mosquito bites.
Till date there hasn’t been any information or evidence suggesting that the new coronavirus may be transmitted by mosquitoes. It is a respiratory virus that primarily spreads through droplets produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs, or through saliva droplets or nasal discharge.
Myth No. 5: Hand dryers are effective in killing the new coronavirus
No. Hand dryers have no effect against the coronavirus. Take the right safety measures against the new coronavirus. Clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them using soap and water. Once the hands are clean, dry them thoroughly using paper towels or a warm air dryer.
Myth No. 6: Thermal scanners can detect people infected with the new coronavirus
Thermal scanners can detect people who have developed a fever (i.e. have a higher than normal body temperature) because of infection caused by coronavirus. But, they cannot detect those infected people who are not sick with fever yet. This is because it takes between 2 to14 days for infected people to start showing the symptoms of coronavirus.
Myth No.7: Eating garlic prevent coronavirus
Garlic is a very healthy condiment/spice as it has some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence that suggests that eating garlic can prevent the new coronavirus.
Myth No. 8: Coronavirus only affects older people
People of all ages are susceptible to getting infected with new coronavirus. Although, older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. Regardless, WHO suggests that people of all ages take precautionary measures to protect themselves.
Myth No. 9: If you can hold your breath for 10 seconds without any difficulty, you don’t have Coronavirus
The main thought behind this myth is that if one is infected with coronavirus, you’ll have trouble breathing because 50% of your lungs will have pulmonary fibrosis — a lung disease that causes irreversible scarring and hardens lung tissue.
But, while it’s possible for the coronavirus to cause fibrosis, holding your breath is not a suitable test for determining if you have lung damage or coronavirus. For a proper diagnosis, there’s a variety of tests that will determine whether or not you’ve coronavirus.
Myth No. 10: Getting COVID-19 is a death sentence
False. About 81% of the people infected with the coronavirus have mild cases of COVID-19. About 13.8% report severe illness i.e. shortness of breath, or require supplemental oxygen, and about 4.7% are critical i.e., facing respiratory failure, multi-organ failure or septic shock. The data so far suggests that only around 2.3% of people infected with COVID-19 die from the virus. This does not mean that you should be lax while taking safety measures. It may not be deadly for you but that does not mean it won’t be a death sentence for other members of your family or anyone you’ve been in contact with. Older people or those with underlying health conditions are the most at risk of having severe disease or complications.