October 1, 2020

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24 Covid-19 Myths busted

1. Spraying chlorine or alcohol on skin kills viruses in the body : These products cannot kill viruses within the body.

2. Only older adults and young people are at risk: SARS-CoV-2, like other coronaviruses, can infect people of any age

3. Children cannot catch COVID-19: All age groups can become infected.

4. COVID-19 is just like the flu: the overall profile of COVID-19 is more serious. Estimates vary, but its mortality rate seems to be between about 1% and 3%. scientists are working out the exact mortality rate

5. Everyone with COVID-19 dies: This statement is untrue

6. Cats and dogs spread coronavirus: Currently, there is little evidence that SARS-CoV-2 can infect cats and dogs.

7. Face masks protect against coronavirus: Healthcare workers use professional face masks, which fit tightly around the face, to protect them against infection. However, disposable face masks are unlikely to provide such protection

8. Hand dryers kill coronavirus: Hand dryers do not kill coronavirus

9. SARS-CoV-2 is just a mutated form of the common cold: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, all of which have spiky proteins on their surface.

10. You have to be with someone for 10 minutes to catch the virus: The longer someone is with an infected person, the more likely they are to catch the virus, but it is still possible to catch it in less than 10 minutes

11. Rinsing the nose with saline protects against coronavirus: There is no evidence that a saline nose rinse protects against respiratory infections

12. You can protect yourself by gargling bleach: There are no circumstances in which gargling bleach might benefit your health. Bleach is corrosive and can cause serious damage.

13. Antibiotics kill coronavirus: Antibiotics only kill bacteria; they do not kill viruses.

14. Thermal scanners can diagnose coronavirus: Thermal scanners can detect whether someone has a fever. However, other conditions, such as seasonal flu, can also produce fever.

15. Garlic protects against coronaviruses: Some research suggests that garlic might slow the growth of some species of bacteria. However, COVID-19 is caused by a virus, and there is no evidence that garlic can protect people against COVID-19.

16. Parcels from China can spread coronavirus: From previous research into similar coronaviruses, including those that cause SARS and MERS and are similar to SARS-CoV-2, scientists believe that the virus cannot survive on letters or packages for an extended time.

17. Home remedies can cure and protect against COVID-19: No home remedies can protect against COVID-19, including vitamin C, essential oils, silver colloid, sesame oil, garlic, fish tank cleaner, burning sage, and sipping water every 15 minutes.

18. You can catch coronavirus from eating Chinese food in the U.S.: No, you cannot.

20. The virus will die off when temperatures rise in the spring: As it stands, scientists do not know how temperature changes will influence the behavior of SARS-CoV-2.

21. Coronavirus is the deadliest virus known to man: Although SARS-CoV-2 does appear to be more serious than influenza, it is not the deadliest virus that people have faced. Others, such as Ebola, have higher mortality rates

22. Flu and pneumonia vaccines protect against COVID-19: As SARS-CoV-2 is different than other viruses, no existing vaccines protect against infection.

23. The virus originated in a laboratory in China: Despite the swathes of internet rumors, there is no evidence that this is the case. In fact, a recent study demonstrates that the virus is a natural product of evolution.

24. The outbreak began because people ate bat soup: Although scientists are confident that the virus started in animals, there is no evidence that it came from soup of any kind.

Source: Medical News Today

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