Coronavirus: Myths & Misconceptions Busted!

In such extreme, grave times, the government and the healthcare bodies are constantly appealing to you to stay indoors, use sanitizers frequently, stay calm, and immediately reach out for medical advice in case of showing coronavirus infection symptoms—cough, fever, sneezing, fatigue, and difficulty in breathing. Amidst all these, there’s severe panic among the citizens, a lot of them relying on the fake news and messages being spread through social media regarding the coronavirus causes or modes of treatment. So here’s taking a look at some of these misconceptions that are getting circulated, and busting the myths around them:

  • Myth: Getting COVID 19 is a death sentence.

Fact: Most people who get COVID-19 recover from it. Most people who get COVID-19 have mild or moderate symptoms and can recover thanks to supportive care. If you have a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing seek medical care early – call your health facility by telephone first. If you have a fever and live in an area with malaria or dengue seek medical care immediately.

  • Myth: The prolonged use of medical masks cause CO2 intoxication nor oxygen deficiency

Fact: The prolonged use of medical masks when properly worn, DOES NOT cause CO2 intoxication nor oxygen deficiency

The prolonged use of medical masks can be uncomfortable. However, it does not lead to CO2 intoxication nor oxygen deficiency. While wearing a medical mask, make sure it fits properly and that it is tight enough to allow you to breathe normally. Do not re-use a disposable mask and always change it as soon as it gets damp.

  • Myth: People can wear masks while exercising

Fact: People should NOT wear masks when exercising as masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably.

Sweat can make the mask become wet more quickly which makes it difficult to breathe and promotes the growth of microorganisms. The important preventive measure during exercise is to maintain a physical distance of at least one meter from others.

  • Myth: Thermal Scanners can detect Coronavirus

Fact: Thermal scanners CANNOT detect COVID-19

Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have a fever (i.e. have a higher than normal body temperature). They cannot detect people who are infected with COVID-19. There are many causes of fever. Call your healthcare provider if you need assistance or seek immediate medical care if you have a fever and live in an area with malaria or dengue.

  • Myth: Chloroquine drugs can cure the virus.

Fact: There are currently no drugs licensed for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19. While several drug trials are ongoing, there is currently no proof that hydroxychloroquine or any other drug can cure or prevent COVID-19. The misuse of hydroxychloroquine can cause serious side effects and illness and even lead to death. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop and evaluate medicines to treat COVID-19.

  • Myth: Adding chilies and hot peppers to your meals will prevent COVID-19

Fact: Adding peppers to your soup or other meals DOES NOT prevent or cure COVID-19

Hot peppers in your food, though very tasty, cannot prevent or cure COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is to keep at least 1 meter away from others and to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. It is also beneficial for your general health to maintain a balanced diet, stay well hydrated, exercise regularly, and sleep well.

  • Myth: COVID-19 can be transmitted from flies and mosquitoes.

Fact: COVID-19 IS NOT transmitted through house flies or mosquitoes

<p>To date, there is no evidence or information to suggest that the COVID-19 virus transmitted through house flies or mosquitoes. The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. You can also become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth before washing your hands. To protect yourself, keep at least a 1-meter distance from others and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces. Clean your hands thoroughly and often and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.

  • Myth: 5G caused COVID-19

Fact: 5G mobile networks DO NOT spread COVID-19

Viruses cannot travel on radio waves/mobile networks. COVID-19 is spreading in many countries that do not have 5G mobile networks.

COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. People can also be infected by touching a contaminated surface and then their eyes, mouth or nose.

  • Myth: Antibiotics and antibacterial soaps are effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus

Fact: No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria.

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.