The year 2020 has been a perilous ride, to say the very least. COVID-19, the rapidly spreading global pandemic has resulted in many fatalities, and while there has been no effective treatment or preventive measure found, some people have also recovered with supportive care. With the global lockdown active, and medical professionals, scientists, and researchers hard at work, the world is hoping for this pandemic to be a passing phase.
This virus has also led to a worldwide state of panic, making people believe anything they read, and blurring the line between myth and fact. While most of us are doing our bit to slow the spread of the virus by staying indoors and maintaining social distancing, it’s also essential we slow the spread of fake news and refer to facts from credible sources while discussing the subject.
Here, we’re busting some common myths and misconceptions related to the virus and telling you everything you need to know, using the World Health Organization as reference.
Myth: The virus cannot survive in hot temperatures.
Fact: A temperature of over 25°C does not kill the virus and many significantly hotter countries are also actively reporting new cases every day. Cleaning your hands often, thoroughly, and avoiding touching your face is one of the many ways to protect yourself.
Myth: Drinking alcohol sanitizes your system and kills the virus.
Fact: There is no positive correlation between the consumption of alcohol and treating the virus. Excessive alcohol drinking does more harm than do any good and can increase your risk of other health problems.
Myth: Bathing in boiling water protects you from catching the virus.
Fact: No matter the temperature of the water, your body will stabilize to its natural temperature of 36.5°C - 37°C. Hot baths have not proven to be effective in terms of protection against COVID-19, and can be dangerous causing burns. Keeping your hands and body clean is key.
Myth: Eating garlic helps prevent coronavirus
Fact: While garlic has been considered a healthy food due to its antimicrobial properties, no evidence consuming garlic regularly keeps you protected from the virus.
Myth: The virus only affects old people and children.
Fact: People of all age groups are susceptible to being affected by the virus. However, older people and people with pre-existing respiratory issues, diabetes, heart disease, etc. are comparably more vulnerable.
Myth: Regularly rinsing your nose with saline can help prevent infection with the virus.
Fact: No evidence that doing this helps avoid being infected by the virus. Some evidence suggests that this could speed up the recovery process for those with a common cold. However, nothing confirms its success in preventing coronavirus, or respiratory infections.
Now that you have a more scientifically accurate understanding of the new coronavirus, take a step towards a safer future by maintaining social distancing, staying clean, and making sure you discourage the spread of any misinformation.
Stay safe, stay healthy!