Breaking the Myths Surrounding Coronavirus

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Coronavirus: Signs, Symptoms, Myths & Prevention Tips

 

With an increase in number of confirmed coronavirus  (COVID-19) cases making news every hour, the panic & anxiety around it also continues to make round. While it is important to be informed, the higher value should be placed on being correctly informed.

Here’s a list of Coronavirus Myths around the epidemic that you need to burst immediately.
 

  • Myth 1:  You need to get a mask

     

As per the latest guidelines by World Health Organization (WHO), people who are well are not required to wear face masks. Face masks should instead be worn by those who have coronavirus and are showing symptoms or health care workers or people caring for someone infected with the virus in close settings. Disposable face mask can only be used once. If you are not ill or looking after someone who is ill then you are wasting a mask. Buying of face-masks, without the need of it, will only result in shortage and surge in price, which puts the people who need it and healthcare workers at risk.

 

The most effective Precautions tips to protect from Coronavirus COVID-19 are:

  • Frequently clean your hands with Hand Sanitizers
  • Cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue
  • Maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing.

 

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      • Myth 2:  People who get the coronavirus will die

         

The case fatality or death rate for coronavirus is around 2%. People who get coronavirus will typically have symptoms similar to common cold, which include a runny nose, dry cough, sore throat, headache, fever and sometimes diarrhea that may last for a couple of days. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

 

      • Myth 3:  Flu shots can prevent coronavirus

         

Flu shots are not preventive against coronavirus. There is no vaccine for coronavirus developed yet, although scientists are still trying to develop a vaccine which can work against the virus.

 

      • Myth 4:  Heat can kill the virus

         

According to WHO, hot baths, hand dryers, UV lamps can’t kill the virus. The use of UV lamps can be harmful as the radiation can irritate skin. To protect yourself against the disease, frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

 

      • Myth 5:  The virus can be transmitted through goods

         

Getting a letter or package from China won’t put you at risk of contracting the virus, according to WHO. The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.

 

      • Myth 6:  Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kills the new coronavirus

         

Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth)

 

      • Myth 7:  Antibiotics can treat coronavirus

         

Antibiotics only work against bacteria and not viruses. While some western, traditional or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate symptoms of Coronavirus or COVID-19, there is no evidence that current medicine can act as prevention of Coronavirus or cure the disease. WHO does not recommend self-medication with any medicines, including antibiotics, as a cure or  preventions for COVID-19.

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