Since the coronavirus broke out in Wuhan, China, and spread across the world, there have been myths surrounding the disease. The World Health Organization has been doing its part in disproving these lies to all people through their respective government.
These are some of the top 10 lies that are believed to be true about the coronavirus.
10. The coronavirus only affects old people
People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus. While it is true that older people tend to be more vulnerable than younger people, anyone can be infected.
9. Eating garlic helps prevent getting infected with the new coronavirus
There is no evidence from doctors that suggests that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus. Garlic is a healthy food that may have some protective properties. This explains why people have been sharing messages of it boosting your immunity.
On the one hand, do eat garlic. It is good for you. However, there is no guarantee of it protecting you against the virus.
8. Rinsing your nose with saline helps prevent infection
There is no proof to support this claim despite there being proof of it helping people recover quickly from the common cold.
7. Vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the coronavirus
This is not true as the virus is new and would require its own vaccine. Scientists are currently trying to develop a vaccine against the COVID-19. The world’s fastest computer has already discovered chemical compounds that could be used to prevent its spread. Testing, however, is yet to be done and a new simulation with updated data is set to be carried out.
6. Spraying alcohol all over the body kills the coronavirus
Doing so will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Not only is it not of any benefit, but it could also damage your mucous membranes i.e. your eyes and mouth.
5. Ultraviolet kills the new coronavirus
Exposing your skin to ultraviolet rays does more harm than good as it can cause skin irritation. UV light is a particularly good option for sanitation because it kills bacteria regardless of drug resistance and without toxic chemicals. It is, however, not recommended to be used on someone’s skin.
4. Hand dryers are effective in killing the COVID-19
Hand-dryers cannot protect you from COVID-19. The only proper protection is to frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer or wash them with soap and water.
3. COVID-19 is transmitted through mosquito bites
The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.
2. Taking a hot bath prevents the infection of the new coronavirus
No matter how hot your shower is, your body temperature will always be 37 degrees celsius.
1. Coronavirus cannot be transmitted in hot and humid climates
The COVID-19 can be transmitted in all areas including areas with hot and humid temperatures. Regardless of the weather, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area which has recorded COVID-19 cases.
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