Coronavirus myths are flooding the internet but the World Health Organization (WHO) wants you to know what is true and created a detailed list of myths about Coronavirus. We picked nine of the most relevant for you.
The Coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to its knees and we all are hoping for the best in the not so distant future as regards the solution to the disease.
But while the world awaits a permanent fix, some dubious individuals decided to come up with solutions of their own.
You probably have heard things like:
“Alcohol would prevent you from the disease”,
“If you live in a sunny region your chances are reduced”
“Coronavirus is caused by the 5G installations but politicians are trying to cover it up”
I have personally read that if you’ve gotten the virus, it will destroy 50% of your lungs and stay permanently in the body.
The World Health Organization (WHO) wants you to know what is true and created a detailed list of myths about the new Coronavirus.
We picked nine of the most relevant for you.
Coronavirus Myth #1: The coronavirus can’t survive in Sunny Regions, therefore exposing yourself to the sun prevents the disease.
The Truth: Countries with extremely hot weather have reported cases of coronavirus.
Qatar, Ethiopia, Botswana, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Bahrain, Jamaica, Malaysia, India, Indonesia according to Legit are the 10 hottest countries in the world and they have reported a combined 11,220 confirmed cases of coronavirus. (Source: Worldometers)
Coronavirus Myth #2: You can’t recover from coronavirus and it won’t ever leave your body
The Truth: There are people who caught coronavirus and have recovered and eliminated the virus from their bodies.
At the time of writing, confirmed worldwide cases stand at 1,084,015 with 227,745 recoveries. One survivor shared her story, you can read it here.
Coronavirus Myth #3: Holding Your Breath for 10 seconds could signal you’re coronavirus free.
The Truth: Holding your breath for a long period is not a sign you are free of lung disease and definitely not coronavirus.
The best and the only way to confirm, is to get tested. If you’re a Nigerian and notice any of the symptoms of the disease, please call the Nigeria Center for Disease Control on this toll-free number 080097000010.
Coronavirus Myth #4: Alcohol will protect you against coronavirus.
The Truth: Alcohol is dangerous and will do you more harm than good. There is no proof it will protect you against COVID-19.
Alcohol is a confirmed carcinogenic, read more about foods that have been linked to cancer.
Coronavirus Myth #5: Snow and Cold Weather can kill COVID-19
TThe Truth: The normal human body temperature ranges from 97°F (36.1°C) to 99°F (37.2°C) according to MedlinePlus. And this stands true no matter the external temperature. The best way to stay safe is to wash your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Coronavirus Myth #6: Coronavirus is transmitted through mosquito bites.
The Truth: There is no truth in this claim, as there are no evidence and/or information to support it. COVID-19 attacks the respiratory system and can only be contracted when you make contact with an infected person.
The new coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes, touching the saliva or nose discharge of an infected will also help the spread of the disease.
This is why social distancing is very important.
Coronavirus Myth #7: Thermal scanners can help detect an infected person
The Truth: Thermal scanners are designed to detect people with a fever and will only be useful when scanning an infected person with a high temperature.
However, it has been reported that there are people with the disease who remain asymptomatic, and there are people with other symptoms like dry cough and sneezing.
Thermal scanners can not detect these symptoms and are rendered useless in this scenario; thereby making it in-effective in the detection of COVID-19.
The only way to confirm if you have symptoms is to get tested.
Coronavirus Myth #8: Spraying Alcohol or Chlorine over my body will protect me from COVID-19
The truth: Alcohol and Chlorine can be used as a disinfectant but not strong enough an agent to kill viruses in the human body. You can use them to clean surfaces but only when appropriate.
It must be noted that alcohol and chlorine can be harmful to our mucous membranes (i.e lips, mouth, nose, middle ear, and the eustachian tube).
Coronavirus Myth #9: 5G and Coronavirus Spread are connected
This is a huge lie from the deepest pit in hell, you don’t have to believe though – you just have to ask yourself what is real and what is not. Yes, there are dangers to this technology, however, scientists have confirmed that viruses can not travel via radio waves and/or mobile networks.
England’s NHS Medical Director Stephen Powis, called the theory “the worst kind of fake news”.
Drinking water will wash coronavirus away
I have seen suggestions on the internet that if you drink water every 15 minutes, it will wash the virus down the passage between the pharynx and the stomach i.e the esophagus.
Maybe, if you understand how the virus is spread, things will become clearer. ‘
According to WebMD, here is why water wouldn’t help in the spread of COVID-19.
“The primary way the virus is transmitted is through respiratory droplets in the air, directly into the respiratory system. Chances are that some of that virus would have already made its way into your nose before you start drinking water. Plus, we often contaminate ourselves by touching our nose, allowing the virus to immediately enter our respiratory tract.”
You can read more about the coronavirus myth on the World Health Organization Website.
Stay updated via WHO Health Alert on WhatsApp for official, trusted health information and advice.
Remember to always wash your hands with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
Stay home if you can and always practice social distancing.
Stay Safe Guys, we will win this one. Don’t forget to share it with your friends.
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