“Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)” or most commonly known as “COVID-19” is a communicable disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. It was first identified amid an outbreak of respiratory illness cases in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.
According to the World Health Organization, evidence suggests that COVID-19 can be transmitted between people through contacts (direct, indirect, or closed contacts) with people who are infected. It can be transmitted through saliva, as well as respiratory secretions and droplets, which can be expelled when an infected person sings, talks, coughs, or sneezes.
The spreading of the virus in other countries is increasing despite strict protocols. People seem to be oblivious to what the virus can do. Because of this, rumors and myths are spreading.
In this article, we will talk about the most common myths about COVID-19.
Living in a Hot, Humid Climate Will Protect You from the Virus
One of the most common myths or misconceptions about Covid-19 is that the virus will not survive in a hot and humid place. Unfortunately, it can live everywhere regardless of the climate.
Apart from this, people also think that when you sunbathe, you are killing or you can kill the coronavirus but there is no compelling evidence to this. In fact, the sun rays can harm you since it emits different UV rays and the effects vary from person to person. Examples are the UVA and UVB. Overexposure to these types of rays may lead to;
- Tanned skin
- Premature skin aging (like wrinkles and age spots)
- Skin cancer (such as Melanoma, a very serious form of cancer)
So next time, if you think you have the virus and you’re planning to sunbathe, you should think twice as it can do more harm than good.
Antibiotics Can Kill the Virus
Myth! There is no evidence that antibiotics can kill the coronavirus. You should not use antibiotics for treatment or for prevention since COVID-19 is caused by a virus. However, when you are hospitalized due to the virus, doctors may prescribe antibiotics since there is a possibility of bacterial co-infection.
Kids or Older are at Higher Risk for COVID-19
Covid-19 targets anyone of all ages. Young adults in their mid-20s and above will still get the coronavirus. Although a large number of infected people caused by the COVID-19 are older people (age over 60 years and above) and those who have underlying medical conditions such as;
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic respiratory disease
Everyone should take more precautions.
Coronavirus Can Be Transmitted Through Mosquitoes
Myth! No evidence can prove that the coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquitoes. As I have mentioned above, coronavirus transmissions are from person to person, and they can be spread when infected people coughs or sneezes.
Spraying Chlorine and Alcohol Can Kill Coronavirus
No matter how many times you spray yourself with alcohol and chlorine, the virus on your body will never die. Too much alcohol spray can damage soft tissues in your eyes and mouth and too much chlorine can damage clothes as well. Don’t even think about bathing will pools full of chlorine.
Pneumonia Vaccines Can Prevent Coronavirus
Nope. COVID-19 is a newly discovered virus and it’s different from other strains. Existing vaccines such as pneumonia vaccines can’t be used to prevent the virus. A vaccine specifically made and developed for coronavirus is what we need to combat nCOV.
The researchers together with the World Health Organization are working together to develop a vaccine. So far, The BioNTech-Pfizer and NIH-Moderna mRNA vaccines are the first vaccines for COVID-19 to receive approval by major regulatory authorities, such as the FDA and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in the U.K.
Digital Thermometers are 100% Effective in Detecting Patients With Covid-19
It can take up to 14 days until the symptoms of COVID-19 show. It’s not 100% guaranteed that digital thermometers can detect asymptomatic patients.
Boosting Immune System Can Prevent the Coronavirus
This is only a marketing claim to sell their products. Coronavirus is prone to everyone. Even a healthy person can get COVID-19. But it’s important to boost our immune system to fight the virus. It can be boosted through exercise, enough sleep, and a proper diet. Avoid vices as well.
Just because it didn’t happen to you doesn’t mean it won’t happen to others. COVID-19 is serious and deadly and if not taken with more precautions, chances are you will be infected. Remember that we can’t see who we are battling with. Stay clean and avoid crowded places as much as possible.