Amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, people are spreading rumors about it. Social media platforms are bombarded with messages asking people to follow some set of instructions by UNICEF or other agencies to stay protected from Coronavirus. They are not true! Get the information from the official website of WHO and do not take the outbreak for granted. It may be in the initial phase at the place you belong, but it doesn’t take much time to double itself in a matter of hours.
To make it simple for you to understand, read below the myths that WHO busted to provide more clear insight to the people:
Myth #1 Coronovirus gets killed in Hot & Humid Temperature:
There is no evidence so far to believe that Coronavirus will die in hot and humid temperature. It is feared that may be in humid temperature the virus may aggravate. But we cannot say it for sure as the researchers has not come up with an answer yet. So please do not believe that Coronavirus will die in hot temperatures as we do not know about the outcome.
Myth #2 Hot Bath will Ensure that you stay protected again Coronavirus
If you believe that taking a hot bath will help you stay safe from COVID-19 that is not true. Hot water cannot prevent Coronavirus. WHO says that the normal body temperature is between 36.5°C to 37°C, and taking a hot shower will not eliminate it as the virus can still survive in that temperature inside the body. Also, if you bath with extremely hot water, you will be at the risk of burning yourself. The best way is to clean hands regularly with soap and water to avoid Coronavirus traces on your body.
Myth #3 Extreme Cold Temperature and Snow Condition Can Kill COVID-19
Cold temperature cannot kill Covid-19! There is no reason to believe that cold temperatures can end the virus and eliminate it. Your body temperature regardless of the outside temperature stays unaffected. Your body temperature is enough for the survival of the virus. So in other words, external temperature hot or cold does not affect.
Myth #4 Mosquito Bites Can Spread Coronavirus
Coronavirus is the strain that affects the respiratory system. Till now there has been no evidence to believe that mosquito bites can transmit the virus. Only when a person inhales the droplets generated from an infected person, he can get infected. There is no other transmission possible. To keep one protected, maintain respiratory hygiene, and avoid close contact with the person who is sneezing or coughing.
Myth #5 Garlic can help prevent the spread of infection
Garlic is indeed beneficial for the body, but it cannot help in preventing Coronavirus. Garlic is packed with antimicrobial properties but apparently, there is no evidence so far that can prove that it can help in preventing this deadly virus.
Myth #6 COVID-19 affects only old people
Old people are more prone to Covid-19 because of lack of immunity but in no way, it means that COVID-19 affects only old people. A person of any age can get affected with Coronavirus. Take precautions and maintain hygiene to curb it.
Myth #7 Antibiotics can help in curing Coronavirus
Antibiotics help in killing bacteria, but it cannot help in the killing virus. Though, if you are infected, antibiotics can be given to cure other strains of flu or cold.
Myth #8 Regular rinsing of nose with saline water can help in prevention of the virus
We cannot come to the conclusion that rinsing nose regularly with saline water will help in preventing the virus by keeping the respiratory tract clean. Saline water rinse cannot help in killing the virus. It helps in recovering faster from bacterial infections or strains of flu or cold but it has shown no effect in case of the virus.
Myth #9 Spraying Alcohol or Chlorine water will kill the virus on the body
To disinfected surfaces, alcohol and chlorine are beneficial but they cannot help in killing the virus which has already entered in one’s body. Also spraying chlorine and alcohol can be harmful to eyes and mouth. Be careful when you use such substances for disinfecting surfaces.
Myth #10 Hand-dryers and ultraviolet lamp can kill Covid-19 virus
No! Hand-dryers cannot kill the virus and ultraviolet lamps should not be used to sterilize hands as that can cause serious skin irritation. Both are ineffective in killing the COVID-19 virus. You must clean your hands properly and avoid touching surfaces to stay protected.
It is a crucial time and this outbreak is nothing like we have seen before. But, if we follow guidelines, keep ourselves clean, follow respiratory hygiene, and keep ourselves aware of the environment, we can together overcome this outbreak. The cure lies in taking precautions and if you are ready to cooperate, we can save lives of millions together. Self-isolation is the best way at the moment to curb the outbreak. If you have symptoms of flue, keep yourself under self-isolation for the next 14days. You can self detect Coronavirus and if you do feel that you have caught it, seek medical assistance immediately.
How To Self Detect Coronavirus?
The virus develops in bodies in some 2-10 days time once you come in its contact. It enters the body and start acting with flu like symptom. Initially, a person with the virus will have same symptoms like common cold and cough. Follow the below guidelines to self-detect.
- Sore throat with little irritation in the beginning but within 2-3 days, it will aggravate causing pain while speaking and swallowing food.
- Body ache and fever will set in.
- Pain in joints which starts with knee and elbow and slowly travel to shoulder, foot and hand joints..
- Feeling of nausea and stomach-ache sets in.
- Body feels tired and you cannot focus on work.
- Shortness of breath starts at day 5 and by the time one reaches day 10, person feel serious shortness in breath.
- Acute difficulty in breathing can be experienced.
Try holding your breath for 10 seconds now, if you are experiencing difficulty in breathing, then it shows that the lungs are affected. Do not jump to the conclusion that it’s the virus. If there is too much trouble in breathing, then get medical assistance immediately without any further delay.