Busting COVID-19 Myths

The world is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century because of the global pandemic. Ever since the outbreak of coronavirus, situations have changed drastically. The world has switched from outdoor normalcy to indoors, just as the tortoise draws its limbs within the shell in case of a potential threat. Everything is now being done online, be it meetings, conferences, classes, seminars, events, and whatnot! Virtual is a new reality.

With increased engagement in social media platforms, there has been an increase in the number of misinformation and false rumors being spread, particularly about the coronavirus. The only way to curb this is to know the facts about the virus. Moreover, Knowing the facts is also important because this will ensure that you do not fall prey to any such misinformation and also avoid being a potential spreader of the same. So, In this article, we will be dissecting some of the most common myths related to Covid-19 that are currently being circulated on social media and beyond.

Let us begin with a piece of brief information about Covid-19 and its origin.

The WHO states that  COVID-19 is a disease that is caused by a new virus called coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2.  The first reported instance of this new virus was on 31 December 2019, following a cluster of cases of ‘viral pneumonia in Wuhan, People’s Republic of China.
The World Health Organization (WHO) changed its classification of the situation from a public health emergency of international concern to a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Till date, the virus has cost more than four million of life globally and is increasing every minute.

Some of the most common myths related to Covid-19 are as follows :

The Virus Cannot Sustain In The Cold Weather

There is no such evidence or scientific reason for us to believe that coronavirus cannot survive in cold weather. Moreover, the normal human body maintains its temperature around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of external factors such as temperature or weather. The most effective way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer or washing them with soap and water.

The Hot Climate Will Kill The Virus

This claim is baseless as several countries which are known for their hot and humid climate have reported COVID-19 cases and that too in bunches. COVID-19 can spread in any climate. It can be transmitted in all types of areas irrespective of the surrounding or tropical conditions. Be it a region of extremely hot weather or even humid conditions, the virus still has the potential to spread. The only way of prevention is by adopting protective measures such as frequently washing your hands. This will eliminate the possibility of the virus spreading in your locality.

Spraying Alcohol All Over Your Body Can Kill Coronavirus

This is yet another common misinterpretation of information. The novel coronavirus primarily infects any person by entering through the nose or mouth. Spraying, alcohol, or disinfectant such as hand sanitizers will neither kill the viruses that have already entered your body nor cure the disease. It is only that frequent washing of hands with these alcohol-based sanitizers, hand rubs, or soaps can prevent the germs from entering your nose, eyes, or mouth through infected hands.
In fact, spraying such substances can be even harmful to one’s health. 

Alcohol Consumption Cures COVID-19 Infection

The WHO clearly mentioned that although alcohol can disinfect the skin but it does not show any such effect inside the body. There isn’t any such established evidence which can claim that drinking alcohol can cure COVID-19. 

Moreover excessive or regular consumption of alcohol has the potential to increase the risk of health problems. Drinking alcohol is dangerous and can weaken your immune system thus reducing the ability to cope with infectious diseases. Ingestion of alcohol and because alcohol is associated with several other diseases, it may make people more vulnerable to COVID-19.

5G Helps In Spreading Coronavirus

Among all the myths this seems to be the most stupid one to believe at. With the technological advancements, some regions are rolling out 5G mobile technology which has raised a dispute among a few communities. Some people tend to believe that the 5G technology helps viruses to spread and communicate.  However, experts completely condemn this theory as it is entirely baseless.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that the claim that viruses such as the novel coronavirus can travel on mobile networks or radio waves is entirely false. Moreover, It has been found that the virus is spreading across countries that do not have the 5G technology or have very little 5G coverage such as Iran.

Being Able To Hold Your Breath For 20 Seconds Means You Don’t Have Coronavirus

There’s no way for you to tell whether or not you have the virus, at least without going through official medical testing. A post circulating around social media suggests that anyone who can hold a deep breath for more than 20 seconds without chest pain or tightness likely did not have coronavirus.

But the truth is that it’s possible to be infected and not show any symptoms at all. A person who looks and feels healthy, and can hold their breath without a problem could have the virus. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are dry cough, tiredness, and fever. The best and only way to confirm if you have the virus-producing COVID-19 disease is with a laboratory test. You cannot confirm it with this kind of breathing exercise, which can even be dangerous and may lead you into trouble. 

Everyone With COVID-19 Dies

Again this is another false claim. COVID-19 is fatal for a small percentage of people who develop the illness.
The WHO has reported that around 80% of people with COVID-19 experience a relative form of the illness and do not need special treatment in a hospital. Some of the commonly reported mild symptoms include a sore throat, cough, tiredness, fever, and sometimes shortness of breath. Most treated persons have recovered and have eliminated COVID-19 from their bodies.

Also, many people with the underlying infection experience very little or no symptoms at all.
Hence, It will be completely inappropriate to conclude that everyone with this disease dies or is seriously affected.

However, you must seek medical attention as soon as you realize you have COVID-19 symptoms. Immediately call your local health facility and seek medical care at your earliest, if necessary.

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