Myths about Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Coronavirus is the most talked about topic these days as people are concerned over the spread of Covid-19. The virus has impacted almost every country across the globe and has been declared as a pandemic.
It is necessary for all of us to be aware and have the right information at this point so that we are cautious and are not spreading the pandemic. However, multiple myths are spreading across the globe about the coronavirus. Let us talk about some of the myths and try to clear those out so that we are not spreading any wrong information.
Myth 1: Coronavirus can be killed with alcohol intake.
Clarification: No, this is wrong as no studies are supporting the claim that alcohol can kill the virus or it can be a cure for coronavirus. As the virus enters the respiratory tract of infected people, the intake of alcohol will be more harmful. However, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is surely used as a disinfectant and can avoid the spread of the virus.
Myth 2: The infection from the virus can be kept away by rubbing the bleaching powder or sanitizer on the body.
Clarification: This is totally a myth and rubbing the bleaching powder or disinfectant all over the body can cause you skin irritation. Disinfectants are beneficial mainly to clean and disinfect surfaces like tables, chairs, mobile phones, metallic items, and so on.
Myth 3: Many people think that if they get contaminated from coronavirus, they will die.
Clarification: This is not at all right. The death rate from COVID-19 is only 4%. But the morbidity of the virus is very high and hence, patients might have to stay for a longer period in the hospital. Many elderly patients and the ones with some serious conditions might have to stay in the ICU. Although, do not take coronavirus infection as a death.
Myth 4: People also think that the elderly patients are at high risk and the younger ones are safe from the coronavirus.
Clarification: Coronavirus is a viral infection that can affect people of all age groups. Even if you are younger, you can also suffer from coronavirus infection. However, people with more than 60 years of age or the ones with any health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or the people who are heavy smokers, tend to have more dangerous effects of coronavirus.
Myth 5: Bathing with saline or hot water can end the coronavirus infection from the body.
Clarification: Once coronavirus has already entered the body it cannot be removed by taking a bath with saline or hot water. The human body maintains a normal temperature of 36.5°-37°C, irrespective of the outside temperature. So, the virus which has entered the body will not be affected by hot water.
Myth 6: People start taking antibiotics for treating viral infections.
Clarification: It needs to be understood that the bacterial infection is different from a viral infection. Thus, antibiotics medicine is not at all helpful in cases of viral infections.
Myth 7: Can a pneumonia vaccine prevent from getting coronavirus or reduce the chances of complications?
Clarification: Pneumonia preventative vaccine cannot prevent coronavirus as this is a conjugate vaccine, which is helpful in cases of bacterial pneumonia. There is another type of vaccine available, which is an influenza vaccine, and reduces the death rate and criticality of swine flu and influenza. Thus, there is no vaccine now for the COVID-19 disease.With some precautions and measures can save you from infection and decrease the risk of the spread of the virus. Social distancing and isolation is a must. Stay at home and avoid going outside in public places as much as possible. In case there is a need for essential travel, make sure to take the necessary precautions. Wear the N-95 masks when going outside.