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MYTHS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

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Myths about the coronavirus are almost endless with new ones popping up on a daily basis and because of easy accessibility to media these days, it is very simple to lead people astray. These are some of the myths about the coronavirus and the real truth behind them. These myths are to clarify what is false, true and the reason behind it. Pay rapid attention to this post as it might save you from panic, doing unnecessary things and educate you on what to believe. 

1. CORONAVIRUS CAN NOT BE TRANSMITTED IN AREAS THAT ARE HOT & HUMID

MYTHS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Can not be transmitted in areas that have hot and humid climate. This myth is FALSE. This virus is known to survive in all weather conditions. Coronavirus is compared to SARS which is similar to this virus. It can thrive in all weather conditions but is mild under certain conditions. 

2. TAKING HOT BATHS KILLS CORONAVIRUS

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Taking a hot bath kills new coronavirus (COVID-19). This myth is FALSE. Whether you bath with hot or cold water your body temperature still remains 37 degree celsius. 

3. TRANSMITTED THROUGH MOSQUITO BITES

MYTHS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

It can be transmitted through mosquito bites. This myth is FALSE. There has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. 

4. HOW EFFECTIVE ARE THERMAL SCANNERS IN DETECTING PEOPLE WITH CORONAVIRUS ?

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How effective are thermal scanners in detecting people infected with CoVID-19 ? They are not 100% effective for detection of the virus. Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have developed a fever. Fever is one of the the symptoms of the coronavirus infection, this causes an increase in temperature. However, thermal scanners can not detect people who are infected but are not yet sick. 

5. RINSING YOUR NOSE WITH SALINE

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Rinsing your nose with saline (salt solution) will kill the virus. This myth is FALSE. There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from being infected with the coronavirus. There is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline can help people recover more quickly from the common cold. However, regularly rinsing the nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections.

6. EATING GARLIC PREVENTS GETTING CORONAVIRUS.

MYTHS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Eating garlic will reduce your chances of getting the coronavirus infection. This myth is FALSE. Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the coronavirus (COVID-19).

7. ONLY OLD PEOPLE CAN BE INFECTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS.

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Only old people can be infected by the coronavirus. This myth is FALSE. People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart diseases, etc appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. WHO advise people of all age to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene. It has reportedly affected babies too so it does not have an age barrier.

8. ARE ANTIBIOTICS EFFECTIVE IN PREVENTING & TREATING CORONAVIRUS ?

MYTHS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the virus ? No, antibiotics do not work against viruses only bacteria. The coronavirus is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment. However, if you are hospitalized for the coronavirus, you may receive antibiotics since bacterial co-infection is possible. 

9. SWALLOWING & GURGLING BLEACH/SALINE

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Swallowing or gurgling bleach, acetic acid, steroids or saline (salt solution) will kill the coronavirus. This myth is FALSE. There is no evidence that this prevents the virus. 

10. PNEUMONIA VACCINES

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Pneumonia vaccines protects us against COVID-19. This myth is FALSE. Pneumonia vaccines has its purpose but since the coronavirus is different there has not been any vaccine yet. 

11. HOLDING YOUR BREATH FOR 10 SECONDS

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Holding your breath for 10 seconds without feeling any discomfort means there is no fibrosis or scaring in the lungs thus no infection. Holding your breath is not a test for fibrosis. Fibrosis is not a symptom of the coronavirus infection. 

12. DRINKING WATER EVERY 15 MINUTES

MYTHS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Drinking water every 15 minutes. This myth is false. Being hydrated is good for your health but no evidence has shown that drinking water every 15 minutes protects or prevents you from getting the coronavirus. 

13. DRINKING COW URINE

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Drinking cow urine will cure the disease. This myth is FALSE. Some Indians believe that the cow urine has some medicinal properties but there is no evidence of cow urine preventing or curing the disease.

14. DOES NOT AFFECT AFRICANS / BLACK PEOPLE

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The coronavirus does not affect africans or black people. This myth is FALSE. It has been reported to affect all kinds of races. So far, it has cut across all types of races. Africans are not immune.

Sources: WHO, BBC, Hopkins Medicine & Medical News Today

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