Let’s bust some common Myths about Covid-19

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Let’s bust some common
Myths about Covid-19
Dr. Sabah A.K. Akhtar

Myth: Consuming excessive amounts of garlic, ginger, lemons/limes, oranges, turmeric, honey etc. can prevent us from acquiring the illness and if infected can kill the Coronavirus, Covid 19.

Fact: Although these are healthy foods and have their benefits for e.g. lemons have Vitamin-C which supports the immune system but they cannot prevent the virus from entering our bodies, neither can they kill the virus.

Myth: Taking large amounts of Vitamin-C supplements can prevent us from acquiring the virus or kills the virus in the body.

Fact: Vitamin-C does support the immune system but the body can absorb a certain amount of Vitamin-C, the rest is excreted so taking extra Vitamin-C will not prevent or kill the virus.

Myth: Covid 19 is killed by drinking very hot water.

Fact: Virus is not killed by drinking very hot water rather we can damage/burn ourselves by drinking very hot water.

Myth: Virus stops spreading in very cold weather/snow and in very hot humid weather.

Fact: Till now there is no evidence that the virus stops spreading in cold weather/snow or in hot humid weather

Myth: Spraying Disinfectants/chlorine/alcohol etc. all over the body kills the viruses that are already in the body.

Fact: Spraying these all over the body will not kill the viruses that are already present in the body.

Myth: Only elderly people catch Coronavirus Covid 19.

Fact: People of all ages can catch Covid 19 but mostly it exhibits more severe symptoms in aged, in immunocompromised individuals, in people who have pre-existing medical conditions like asthma, COPD, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease etc. and in smokers/ alcoholics.

Myth: Most people do no recover from Covid 19.

Fact: Most people do recover from Covid 19 but some also die as it is a very aggressive virus.

Myth: Holding the breath for 10 seconds without coughing means a person is not infected with Covid 19 and doesn’t have any lung disease.

Fact: Holding the breaths for 10 secs without coughing does not confirm that the person is not infected with Covid 19 or doesn’t have a lung disease.

Myth: A person who does not have fever or any other symptom is not infected and cannot spread the virus.

Fact: A person might not have any symptoms but can still be infected and can spread the virus to others for up to 15 days without showing any symptoms.

Myth: Exposing yourself to high temperatures, Sun, ultraviolet rays, or hot water baths can kill the virus.

Fact: No evidence has come up which shows that exposing yourself to these or taking hot water baths can kill Covid 19 rather these can be harmful for us.

Myth: Some medicines and vaccines can prevent/cure Covid 19.

Fact: As yet no vaccine or medicine has been developed which can prevent or treat Covid 19.

Myth: Prophylactically taking Chloroquin/hydrxychloroquin can prevent Covid19.

Fact: There is no evidence to support this theory that Chloroquin/Hydroxychloroquin should be given prophylactically to prevent Covid 19 infection.

Myth: It does not survive on surfaces for long and cannot be transmitted from them.

Fact: It can last on different surfaces for different time periods, it can survive for up to 9 days on some surfaces and can be transmitted by touching them and then the face.

Myth: Corona virus can spread through mosquito bites.

Fact: To date there is no evidence to suggest that Covid 19 can spread through mosquito bite.

Myth: Covid 19 is spreading through 5G network.

Fact: Covid 19 is spreading in many countries that do not have 5G network. Viruses cannot travel through radio waves or mobile networks.

Myth: It cannot be transmitted in religious gatherings.

Fact: This virus does not spare anyone.

So, prevention is
the only saviour

  1. Stay inside unless it’s essential to go out
  2. Wash the hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
  3. Don’t touch your face especially your mouth, nose and eyes.
  4. Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet to prevent the spread
  5. Use gloves and 60% or more alcohol based hand sanitizers when outside.
  6. Wear masks to prevent the spread
  7. Take a bath whenever you come home from outside, leave your shoes outside and disinfect them with bleach solution (1 part bleach 9 parts water), wash your clothes with warm water and detergent.
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