COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the entire world. As of now no preventive treatment or cure has come again there is lot of misinformation available on the social media. From warm water, home remedies, immunity stmulant and most important self-diagnosis, you will find array of messages in regards to the COVID-19 infection. Again all the information on the social media or received on WhatsApp messages cannot be called misinformation or false.
If you are paranoid about the coronavirus, following Myths and facts might help you.
Gargling with warm salt water helps in preventing COVID-19
Saltwater does not have any effect on respiratory viruses, though there are claims that warm water can neutralize virus or having ice cream can be risky is not true data shows temperature or weather doesn’t affects new coronavirus
A vaccine to cure COVID-19 is available
Currently there are lot of companies who have been conducting human trials vaccine is expected to launch after few months for masses.
The virus is a mutated version of common cold virus
No, it’s not. Coronavirus is a large family of viruses which may cause many different diseases. SAARS-CoV-2 does not share similarities with other coronaviruses, out of these family only four are known to cause cold and cough
Cold Weather and freezing temperatures can kill the new corona virus
No. According to the world health organization, freezing temperatures cannot kill the new coronavirus. As our normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37° C irrespective of surrounding weather.
Kids are immune to coronavirus
Though initial reports did said that there are fewer cases in children then adults. However, recent studies have shown even children too can get infected like adults
Garlic and ginger help prevent infection
Garlic and Ginger though being a healthy food and might exhibit some antimicrobial properties but there is no evidence that it helps prevent infection due to new coronavirus
Alcohol or chlorine being sprayed on all over your body can kill the new coronavirus
According to WHO, spraying alcohol or chlorine all your body will kill viruses that are on the surface of your body not the one which have already entered your body. Again spraying such substance can damage your eyes and can irritate your skin.
Should avoid breastfeeding if you are infected with covid-19
As per WHO, mother infected with Covid-19 should hold newborn and breast feed baby and should also stay with her baby.
As baby who has already been exposed to infection from mother will benefit most by breastfeeding.
As we are aware breast milk provides protection against many illness would help building up baby’s immunity.
A vaccine to cure COVID-19 is available
Currently there are lot of companies who have been conducting human trials vaccine is expected to launch after few months for masses as per assurances given by the said companies.
Can Vitamin C Supplements help prevent Covid-19 infection?
As of now there is no evidence that vitamin C supplements can make people immune to COVID-19 infection.
Coronavirus is similar to seasonal flu
No it is observed that COVID-19 is about 10 times deadlier as compared to seasonal flu.
Package or letter is unsafe if it is from infected area
There is very low risk from letters or packaging that are shipped from infected areas as chances of viruses surviving on that surfaces for days is rare.
Pneumonia vaccines can offer you protection against the new coronavirus
No. Pneumonia vaccines, such as pneumcoccal vaccine or Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, offers no protection against the new coronavirus.
Virus might not survive in warm weather or in hot climate
No the data so far available that the virus is prevalent even in hotter countries like Singapore and Australia.
Can mosquitos spread new coronavirus?
As of now there is no information or evidence which suggest that coronavirus is transmitted by mosquitoes. Novel coronavirus is a respiratory virus. Coronavirus spreads through droplets exhaled from an infected person while coughing or sneezing, or through saliva droplets or nasal discharge. Only way to protect yourself is to follow WHO guidelines, clean your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol based sanitizer. It is advisable to keep distance from anyone who is coughing and sneezing, try and avoid crowded areas.
Individual infected with new coronavirus can be detected by using thermal scanner
No thermal scanner as the name suggest can only detect rise in temperature it can help in detecting individuals having fever which is one of the symptom of the new coronavirus infection.
Can drinking warm water help prevent COVID-19
A post circulating on social media says drinking lukewarm water every 15 minute will wash down any virus in your throat or kill it.
There is no scientific evidence that supports this claim. Drinking warm water and staying hydrated is a good habit.
Only older people get affected with New coronavirus.
No age doesn’t matter. Older people and individuals who have history of some diseases or aliments such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease are said to be more vulnerable and can get severely ill with infection.
Drinking Noble metal can kill strains of coronavirus
It was falsely claimed by an American televangelist that colloidal silver,
Metal particles suspended in a liquid has ability to kill coronavirus strains in 12 hours also it helps to boost immunity. There is no evidence that drinking colloidal silver can help, but metals are known to cause kidney damage and seizures.
Hand dryers can effectively kill new coronavirus
As per the information from the World Health Organization hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV. Only way to protect yourself is to frequently wash your hands with soap and water or clean them with alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
If you can hold your breath for 10 seconds, then you are not infected
As per the experts, the 10 second test being shared on social media would not be reliable way to know someone is infected.
This approach might be helpful in knowing if somebody is suffering for serious lung disease or disorder.
Hot bath can help prevent coronavirus infection
No taking a hot bath cannot help you from catching COVID-19,