Covid 19 is a deadly coronavirus infectious disease. The majority of people infected with COVID-19 suffer from mild to severe respiratory problems and recover without special treatment. The risk of developing a serious disease is greater for the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, respiratory problems disease and cancer.
It is best to learn about the COVID-19 virus, the diseases it causes and how it spreads, and how to avoid and minimize transfer. However, in all of these, there is serious fear among the population, many of whom are dependent on false news and messages from social media concerning the causes of coronavirus or modes of treatment.
Myths related to coronavirus
So here is a look at some of these inaccuracies, which spread around them and breaks these myths about coronavirus:
Coronavirus can spread through a mosquito bite
To date, no information or evidence which suggests that mosquitoes can spread the new coronavirus. The coronavirus is a pulmonary virus that mainly spreads through particles or droplets from an infected individual, when he coughs or sneezes, or via saliva droplets or nose release.
Clean your hands regularly with an alcohol-based sanitiser, or hand wash or wash them with soap and water to protect yourself from contacting the disease. Furthermore, avoid direct contact with someone who coughs and sneezes and maintain your distance.
Does COVID-19 impact older people only and young people are very less likely to fall ill?
While all age groups are at risk of contracting COVID-19, older persons face a greater risk of serious illness if they catch the disease due to ageing, weak immune system or possible underlying health issues. Young people perceive very little contamination with the disease, which is not true. They may have a false sense of confidence in their protection. They may believe they are not seriously endangered and continue with their interactions with others in groups, attending parties, not wearing masks or ignoring community pandemic guidelines.
Although COVID-19 is more harmful in the elderly, but also equally deadly for the youth. Just because you are young, it does not rule out the possibility of you catching the disease.
Do I still need to wear a mask if I don’t have COVID-19 symptoms?
Edward Stenehjem, MD, a Healthcare specialist in infectious disease, advises that you wear a mask when you have to be in a crowded location or even when you leave home. Avoiding the crowd can be difficult at times, eg waiting in the signals, someone can cough or sneeze around you and you can catch the virus.
While social distancing can be challenging at times, you must wear a mask and carry sanitiser along to avoid any mishappening, if crowded places cannot be avoided. He warns, however, that wearing a mask will not mean that you are safe but can decrease the probability of getting infected to an extent. The reason for that is that those who have no symptoms could yet have the virus and these masks help prevent transmission when made and worn properly.
One can catch the disease via dogs or other animals
Although the World Health Organisation recognises that cases of patients with COVID-19 infections transmit it to their pets, however, there are no instances where the owner got infected by their pet, more evidence is required to understand whether animals can transmit the disease to human beings. While animals can transmit viruses between themselves, it is genetically separate from humans that makes it extremely difficult for viruses to move between animals and their owners. However, after contact with animals, it’s still a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water.
Taking hot water bath will keep you away from the virus
Coronavirus signs are cough, moderate fever, headache, sore throat, and body ache in the majority of infected people. There is no proof that drinking warm water would cure the virus. The WHO says that taking a bath in hot water would also not work because body temperature stays at 36.5°C to 37°C on average, irrespective of the bath temperature or shower temperature. If you take a hot bath, you won’t stop taking COVID-19—especially because your body is about the same, irrespective of the bath or shower temperature.
Alcohol reduces the chances of getting infected
The dangerous coronavirus myth that consumption of high-strength alcohol can destroy the COVID-19 virus is created by fear and misinformation. That’s not the case. Alcohol intake presents health risks but a high level of ethyl alcohol (ethanol) would lead to serious health implications like death if the alcohol was adulterated with methanol.
A number of communicable and non-communicable diseases and mental health issues are correlated with alcohol intakes, which may render an individual more vulnerable to COVID-19. Alcohol in turn weakens the immune system of the body and raises the potential for harm for health. Thus, at any stage during the COVID-19 pandemic, people should limit their intake of alcohol.
The virus stays on any surface for 48 hours to 17 days
There is no exact data available which can claim the exact time duration for which the virus can last on the surface. However, WHO recommends cleaning the surface with strong disinfectants to avoid any contamination of the surface and to save oneself from contracting the disease.
The World Health Organization says that coronaviruses can survive for a few hours or several days on surfaces. It varies under various circumstances as well. Keeping your surroundings clean is the best one can do to avoid any mishappening and also protecting your family members and people around you. Using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser after cleaning or washing your hands with soap and water is also necessary. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose after cleaning.
Though the vaccination process has started we are still at risk till we do not get vaccinated or infected with a new strain. One must follow the coronavirus guidelines released by WHO to avoid catching the disease as your life and your family’s well being is in your hands. You obviously would not want to see your loved ones in danger. Follow WHO guidelines and avoid mishappenings and stay away from such coronavirus myths and only believe a reliable source for information is related to coronavirus.