The coronavirus pandemic has infected 183,257 people in 162 countries and territories around the world and has claimed more than 7,177 lives. China is by far the worst-hit country where the virus initially started spreading.
Countries like Italy (27,980), Iran (14,991), Spain (9,942) and South Korea (8320) have the largest number of confirmed cases after China. India has also diagnosed 126 confirmed cases.
Since the outbreak, there has been a lot of information available all over the internet. With so much information present only a click away, differentiating fact among fiction is a difficult job.
Here, let’s draw a line between what is fact and fiction regarding the deadly COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus.
Myth: Facemasks can prevent you from contracting Coronavirus.
Standard masks are not effective in blocking the virus from getting into your respiratory system. Though it is still somehow helpful in blocking the virus of spreading from the infected people.
Special respiratory masks – ‘N95’ are effective in reducing the spread. But that said, people, need proper guidance to fit the mask in the chin, cheek, and nose for its most effective help and fulfil its main function.
Myth: Contracting Coronavirus is equal to Death Sentence.
This is untrue.
According to a study by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention about 81% of confirmed cases are mild ones. About 13.8% report severe illness, having shortness of breath, or require supplemental oxygen, and about 4.7% is critical, facing respiratory failure, multi-organ failure or septic shock. Data thus, suggests only 2.3% of people infected die from the virus.
Myth: Hand-dryers can prevent contracting coronavirus.
Hand dryers are not at all effective in killing the virus. Though as a precautionary measure, one should wash their hands at regular intervals with soap & water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Myth: Is it safe to receive packages from foreign countries?
There are no updates where someone has contracted the virus by receiving packages from a foreign country. The Coronavirus does not survive long on the packages or letters.
Myth: The virus was made in a lab.
There are no strong shreds of evidence that can prove the virus was man-made. The virus originated in bats. SARS-CoV-2, SARS-CoV, and MERS-CoV have similar symptoms with the Coronavirus but none have been created by men.
Myth: Pets can spread the virus.
There is no evidence on pets like cats and dogs have been infected or spreading the virus. Though washing hands properly after touching them is always a protected idea, thus protecting from a lot of common bacterias.
Myth: Pneumonia vaccines can protect from Coronavirus.
The researchers have not found any vaccinations for the new coronavirus. Also, vaccinations for pneumonia, pneumococcal, and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) cannot be used for protection from the Coronavirus.
Myth: Eating garlic cloves can protect from contracting Coronavirus.
It is a healthy food with antimicrobial properties. However, no proof has been found where consuming garlic has helped in not contracting the disease.
Myth: Only older people are receptive to the virus.
According to WHO’s advice, all ages are susceptible to the disease. It is advised to take preventive steps for all. Though, older people or people with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease are more vulnerable to the virus.
Myth: Antibiotics can be used in treating Coronavirus.
Antibiotics do no work from blocking viruses. The new coronavirus is a recent virus that cannot be prevented by consuming antibiotics. Though if contracted, doctors may recommend necessary antibiotics.
Protect yourself, from both Coronavirus and wrong information.