Myths about Corona virus (COVID-19)

Myths that are spreading like this virus:

 

  • COVID-19 virus can be spread in areas with hot and humid climates

The evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be spread in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures and take care if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose. Use handkerchief while sneezing or coughing.

  • Drinking alcohol can cure Covid-19

No evidence can prove this is true. While alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a recommended precaution against any virus, drinking alcohol can make you sick and it can affect your immune system.

  • Garlic boosts the immunity system

This is a myth. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that the consumption of garlic boosts the immunity system or safeguards one from being infected with Covid-19. But you can use garlic if you like.

  • Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus?

No. Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not protect against the new coronavirus. The virus is so new and different that it needs its vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV, and WHO is supporting their efforts. Although these vaccines are not effective against 2019-nCoV, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health.

  • Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus?

No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, it works on bacteria only.  The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment. However, if you are hospitalized for the 2019-nCoV, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.

  • Thermal scanners can detect novel coronavirus

This is not entirely true. A thermal scanner detects body temperature and is great for identifying someone with a high fever, however, medical experts and doctors treating Covid-19 patients have said that initial research shows how people who display no symptoms can also be infected with the virus. Or people who have temperatures are just affected by normal flu.

  • Novel coronavirus affects only aged people, not young people

This is wrong. The transmission of novel coronavirus has been seen in people of all ages. Yeah, older people indeed have to be safe because their immune system is lower than the younger people. Doctors suggest that people with co-morbid conditions such as blood pressure, heart or respiratory diseases are at a higher risk if they get infected with Covid19. However, a perfectly healthy person can also be infected in the presence of a Covid-19 patient. So please stay safe.

  • The virus will die off when temperatures rise in the spring

Some viruses, such as cold and flu viruses, do spread more easily in the colder months, but that does not mean that they stop entirely when conditions become milder. As it stands, scientists do not know how temperature changes will influence the behavior of SARS-CoV-2. So please don't spread any rumors.

  • Any Home remedies can cure and protect against COVID-19

No home remedies can protect against COVID-19, including vitamin C, essential oils, silver colloid, sesame oil, garlic, fish tank cleaner, and sipping water every 15 minutes. Just make sure to boost your immunity. Stay away from the rumors. The best approach is to adopt a good hand wash or sanitizer and to avoid places where there may be unwell people. Do not visit any crowded area and do believe in social distancing.