As the coronavirus disease continues to make the news and media outlets, facts can easily get distorted. And during a viral outbreak – rumours, misinformation, and unnecessary spread of fear can be dangerous.
To date, not much is known about the virus. Researchers, scientists, and health government bodies are continuously learning something new about the virus every day – from how the virus is transmitted and how we can find the cure. The staggering speed of the COVID-19 pandemic has led some countries to declare national emergencies, while some have been forced into lockdown.
The relentless flood of information (social media and news articles) makes it difficult to separate the facts from the myths. While worrying is understandable, it is important to stay calm and verify your resources.
Information plays an important role in keeping us healthy, fit, and safe during this pandemic. In this blog, we will debunk some of the myths that surround COVID-19 and verify the facts that are posted on social media and beyond.
Myth #1: Only young people and older ones are at risk of coronavirus.
COVID-19 can affect people of any age. However, children, the elderly, and those with underlying health conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease) appear more vulnerable to the virus as they have a weaker immune system.
Myth #2: Coronavirus is just like a normal flu
Although COVID-19 has flu-like symptoms, such as headache, fever, and flu – the overall profile of coronavirus is more serious. The mortality rate is many times higher than seasonal flu.
Myth #3: The virus can be transmitted through a mosquito bite
There is no scientific basis yet for this claim. COVID-19 is a respiratory virus, meaning it spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from an infected person.
Myth #4: Spraying alcohol or chlorine over the body kills the virus.
This is a NO-NO. Alcohol and chlorine can be used to disinfect surfaces, but they should not be used on the skin. These chemicals can cause harm to the body, especially if it enters the eyes or mouth.
Myth #5: Face masks protect against coronavirus
Wearing masks is not an iron-clad guarantee that you won’t catch the disease. Coronavirus has tiny viral particles that can transmit through the eyes, nose, and mouth. However, facial masks, especially the N95, effectively capture droplets and cut the chance of the virus being passed on.
Myth #6: Home remedies are effective against the virus
No home remedies can cure and protect us against coronavirus. This includes essential oils, garlic, burning sage, and silver colloid. To protect yourself against the virus, practice good handwashing and stay home.
Myths and false information in these times can only add to the trouble. The best way to deal with this is to cross-check the information and learn from the professionals.
We suggest you participate in one of our Face-to-Face Classes that are available in Sydney. Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and all parts of Australia. Including in our discussion are the signs and symptoms of coronavirus and first aid tips to stay healthy during COVID-19.