The recent outbreak of novel coronavirus globally has given rise to several news articles, videos, and social media posts. All of them talking about preventive measures, symptoms, origin, and what to do and what not to. Although all these sources are trying to bring about awareness, it has also given rise to several myths that have led to people either refraining from or overeating a certain type of food, keeping their pets away from themselves or taking “out of one’s mind” safety measures. Therefore, we at HealthifyMe would like to keep our users informed about the several myths that are doing the rounds and the facts for the same.
Myth: Novel Coronavirus cannot spread in hot/humid climates
Fact: From the evidence so far, novel coronavirus can be spread in all areas irrespective of the weather/climate. Regardless of the temperature of the area, always make sure to take preventive measures such as washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based sanitizer. By following this, you not only avoid any form of infection but also eliminate the chances of the virus spreading.
Myth: Coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquito bites
Fact: So far, there has been no evidence stating that Novel Coronavirus can be spread through mosquitoes. This virus is a respiratory virus and spreads primarily through droplets when a person coughs or sneezes or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourselves, it is advised that you keep your hands clean at all times and avoid close contact with anyone having symptoms of cold or cough.
Myth: Pets can spread Novel Coronavirus
Fact: No evidence states that pets can be infected or transmit the disease. However, to be on the safe side, its best to wash your hands with soap and water after coming in contact with your pet. By doing this you protect yourself from infections and other diseases such as E.coli and Salmonella that can pass between pets and humans.
Myth: Eating garlic can help you from contracting Novel Coronavirus
Fact: No doubt, garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties that help build immunity. However, there has been no evidence stating that consuming garlic can help prevent Coronavirus, says WHO.
Myth: Rinsing your nose with saline will help prevent infections with Novel Coronavirus
Fact: There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from Coronavirus. Yes, rinsing your nose with saline does help ward off the common cold, but regularly rinsing your nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory illnesses.
Myth: Coronavirus can affect only older people
Fact: The novel coronavirus affects everyone irrespective of age. So, it is imperative that you follow good hand and respiratory hygiene. However, it is true that older people and people with medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, and heart diseases are more susceptible to becoming severely ill when affected by this virus.
Myth: Antibiotics are effective in preventing and treating Novel Coronavirus
Fact: Antibiotics can only help you fight bacteria. COVID 19 being a virus will remain unaffected, states WHO. However, if you have been affected by the virus, doctors are seen prescribing antibiotics to those infected with the virus for they can catch bacterial infections too.
Myth: Novel Coronavirus is treatable with a specific vaccine
Fact: To date, there has been no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat Novel Coronavirus. Scientists are yet to discover a cure for the virus. Several institutions including WHO are helping to accelerate research and development efforts on making the antidote. Until then, it is recommended that all precautionary measures be taken to keep the virus at bay.
Myth: Vaccines against pneumonia protect you against novel coronavirus
Fact: No, vaccines against pneumonia, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus. Since the virus is so new and different, it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV, and WHO is supporting their efforts. Although these vaccines are not effective against 2019-nCoV, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health.
In conclusion, when considering a new infection about which so much is still unknown, it’s important to be aware and seek out reliable information and act on it. We hope that the above myths and facts have helped you figure out the right from the wrong and have sufficiently armed you in taking the right actions to prevent yourself and loved ones from this respiratory illness.