COVID-19: Myths vs Facts

There’s a lot of information circulating about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID), so it’s important to know what’s true and what’s not. Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., senior director of infection prevention at Johns Hopkins, helps clarify information to help keep you and your family healthy and safe. [ source: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/ ]

So lets with a few of the myths that are circulating around us. We will try to know the Truth about those myths with source:

MYTH: A vaccine to cure COVID-19 is available.

TRUTH: There is no vaccine for the new coronavirus right now. Scientists have already begun working on one, but developing a vaccine that is safe and effective in human beings will take many months [ Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine ]

MYTH: You can protect yourself from COVID-19 by swallowing or gargling with bleach, taking acetic acid or steroids, or using essential oils, saltwater, ethanol or other substances

TRUTH: None of these recommendations protects you from getting COVID-19, and some of these practices may be dangerous. The best ways to protect yourself from this coronavirus (and other viruses) include:

Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, using soap and hot water.

Avoiding close contact with people who are sick, sneezing or coughing.

In addition, you can avoid spreading your own germs by coughing into the crook of your elbow and staying home when you are sick. [ Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine ]

MYTH: The new coronavirus was deliberately created or released by people


TRUTH: Viruses can change over time. Occasionally, a disease outbreak happens when a virus that is common in an animal such as a pig, bat or bird undergoes changes and passes to humans. This is likely how the new coronavirus came to be. [ Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine ]

MYTH: Ordering or buying products shipped from China will make a person sick.

TRUTH: Researchers are studying the new coronavirus to learn more about how it infects people. As of this writing, scientists note that most viruses like this one do not stay alive for very long on surfaces, so it is not likely you would get COVID-19 from a package that was in transit for days or weeks. The illness is most likely transmitted by droplets from an infected person’s sneeze or cough, but more information is emerging daily [ Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine ]

MYTH: A face mask will protect you from COVID-19

TRUTH: Certain models of professional, tight-fitting respirators (such as the N95) can protect health care workers as they care for infected patients.

For the general public without respiratory illness, wearing lightweight disposable surgical masks is not recommended. Because they don’t fit tightly, they may allow tiny infected droplets to get into the nose, mouth or eyes. Also, people with the virus on their hands who touch their face under a mask might become infected.

People with a respiratory illness can wear these masks to lessen their chance of infecting others. Bear in mind that stocking up on masks makes fewer available for sick patients and health care workers who need them. [Source: WHO, Ministry of Health]

Myth: COVID-19 cannot be transmitted in areas with hot, humid climates

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Truth: Evidence shows it can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including hot, humid and cold climates. [Source: WHO, Ministry of Health]

Myth: Taking a hot Bath prevents catching coronavirus

Truth: Your normal body temperature remains around 97.7 degrees Fahrenheit to 98.6-degree Fahrenheit regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. [Source: WHO, Ministry of Health]

Myth: Hand sanitizers are the only solution to protect yourself

Truth: Frequent handwashing with soap and water is the most effective way [Source: WHO, Ministry of Health]

Myth: Coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquito bites.

TRUTH: COVID-19 is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through: [Source: WHO, Ministry of Health]

  • droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes,
  • saliva droplets
  • discharge from nose [Source: WHO, Ministry of Health]

MYTH: Avoid eating meat, poultry, fish, and eggs

TRUTH: Consume only thoroughly cooked food, including meat, fish, egg, etc. [Source: WHO, Ministry of Health]

MYTH: Spraying alcohol, chlorine all over body kills coronavirus

TRUTH: Alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces. Spraying them will not kill viruses in the body. [Source: WHO, Ministry of Health]

That’s all from my side for now, share this information with your loved ones and if you have any myth regarding coronavirus, hit down in comment below and let me clarify you.

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