When you surf the internet, you will find a lot of information about coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. All the news gets overwhelming and it’s important to know which one is true and which one is false. Thus, when you find hoaxes on social media, you won’t be confused anymore.
We will tell the myths that you may have heard of and help you understand the facts about this new coronavirus. Hopefully after reading this article, you will get a better understanding about the virus.
Myths and Facts about COVID-19
Basic protective measures that you should follow during this outbreak are washing your hands frequently and not touching your eyes, mouth and nose. No doubt, those are facts. What about things that you may have heard from someone? Are they myths or facts? Let’s read more info about it below:
1. MYTH: Cold or hot weather can kill coronavirus
FACT: Unfortunately, evidence shows that coronavirus can transmit in ALL AREAS. The virus won’t disappear in hot or cold weather. Despite the weather, our normal body temperature is around 36 – 37 degree Celsius.
Currently, coronavirus has spread all over the world to more than 80 countries with different weather and climate conditions. Knowing this situation, what we should do is to protect ourselves and others by frequently washing our hands using hand soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
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2. MYTH: There is a specific medicine/ treatment to cure coronavirus
FACT: So far, there is no cure for coronavirus. Some specific treatments are under investigation and still need to be tested through clinical trials. People who are infected by the virus need to seek medical care, especially if they experience shortness of breath or other symptoms.
Treatments for coronavirus are now based on the kind of treatment given for seasonal flu and other respiratory illnesses. In cases in which pneumonia causes shortness of breath, treatment involves ventilation with oxygen.
3. MYTH: COVID-19 can be transmitted through mosquito bites
FACT: No, COVID-19 cannot be transmitted by mosquitoes bites. What we know today is coronavirus is a respiratory virus that spread through droplets of infected people. So when a person with COVID-19 sneezes or coughs, it can transmit the virus to other people. Thus, what you need to do is to avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
4. MYTH: Coronavirus can only affect older adults
FACT: People of all ages can be infected by this highly contagious virus. However, older people need to be extra careful, especially if they have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or asthma.
The truth is, age and condition in our life drive our susceptibility to the virus. Although you are young, if you have chronic health conditions, you can become very sick as well.
So, always take care of your personal hygiene!
5. MYTH: Pneumonia vaccines can protect us against COVID-19
FACT: You may be wondering if shots for pneumonia will be effective in fighting COVID-19 or not. The short answer is: No. Vaccines against pneumonia such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine do not protect us against this virus.
The World Health Organization said that coronavirus is new and very different that it needs its own vaccine. Currently, researchers from all over the world have been trying to find the vaccine against coronavirus.
6. MYTH: Thermal scanner is effective to detect people with the virus
FACT: Thermal scanner is effective to detect people who are currently showing symptoms, such as fever. However, since the incubation period of coronavirus ranges from 1-14 days, many infected people will pass the screening undetected. It takes a few days before people begin to develop a fever.
If you have higher than normal body temperature, which is above 37.5 degree Celsius and you have developed other COVID symptoms, you better seek medical care.
7. MYTH: Taking a hot shower can prevent the coronavirus disease
FACT: Trying to heat your body or expose yourself to the sun won’t be effective to fight against the new coronavirus. Having a hot bath won’t change your actual body temperature which remains around 36 – 37.5 degree Celcius. Many experts have said that to actively kill the virus, you need temperatures of around 60 degrees, which is far hotter than any bath or sauna.
8. MYTH: Drinking a few sips of water every 15 minutes can prevent infection
FACT: Currently, there is no scientific evidence behind the claim that drinking a lot of water can prevent infection from the COVID-19. However, staying hydrated can help to keep your immune system strong.
Staying hydrated is important for many reasons. Water helps to regulate your body temperature. Your body needs more water, especially if you have a fever. That said, drinking a lot of water is a good advice, although water will not prevent the coronavirus from entering your lungs!
9. MYTH: COVID-19 is a bioweapon manufactured in a lab
FACT: Do you love conspiracy theories? You may have heard this statement everywhere on the internet that COVID-19 may be bioengineered. COVID-19 closely resembles other viruses that triggered the outbreaks in recent decades, which were the SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV and all those viruses seemed to have originated in bats. Scientists from multiple countries have concluded that the coronavirus originated in animals and spread to people.
10. MYTH: Wearing more than one face mask can stop coronavirus
FACT: Wearing more than one face mask can cause breathing difficulties. So, don’t do it. Although wearing a face mask is not a guarantee that you won’t get seek, this is an effective way to cut the chance of the disease being passed on.
If you are ill, you should wear a mask to protect yourself and others. Viruses can transmit through eyes, mouth and nose. So, remember to wear a mask when you go out.
Soo… those are some myths and facts about coronavirus. Hope you are informed now and remember to always stay healthy and do social distancing to slow down the spread of COVID-19!