Learn the facts about coronavirus (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumours and myths about the disease.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Myth Busters
There’s a lot of information circulating about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID), so it’s important to know what’s true and what’s not. We are all being exposed to a huge amount of COVID-19 information on a daily basis, and not all of it is reliable or true. Let us see some of the myths some believe regarding coronavirus.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Facts:
1. The COVID-19 virus can spread in hot and humid climates
The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by maintaining physical distance of at least 1 metre from others and frequently cleaning or sanitizing your hands. By doing this, you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
2. Vitamin and mineral supplements cannot cure COVID-19
Micronutrients, such as vitamins D and C and zinc, are critical for a well-functioning immune system as they play a vital role in promoting health and nutritional well-being. There is currently no guidance on the use of micronutrient supplements as a treatment of COVID-19.
3. Water or swimming does not transmit the COVID-19 virus
The COVID-19 virus does not transmit through water while swimming. However, the virus spreads between people when someone has close contact with an infected person. What you can do is to avoid crowds and maintain at least a 1-metre distance from others, even when you are swimming or in the area of swimming. Wear a mask when you are not in the water and clean and sanitize your hands frequently, cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue or bent elbow, and stay home if you’re unwell.
4. Drinking alcohol does not protect you against COVID-19
Drinking alcohol does not protect you from coronavirus in any way. The harmful use of alcohol only increases your risk of health problems.
5. COVID-19 is NOT transmitted through houseflies
To date, there is no evidence or information to suggest that the COVID-19 virus transmitted through houseflies. The virus that cause COVID-19 spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. You can also become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands. To protect yourself, keep at least 1-metre distance from others and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces. Clean your hands thoroughly and often and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
6. Exposing yourself to the sun DOES NOT protect you from COVID-19
You can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. Countries with hot weather have reported cases of COVID-19. To protect yourself, make sure you clean your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
7. Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the COVID-19 virus
There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather. The most effective way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water.
8. Taking a hot bath does not prevent COVID-19
Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Your normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. Actually, taking a hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful, as it can burn you.
9. People of all ages can be infected by the COVID-19 virus
Older people and younger people can be infected by the COVID-19 virus. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. It is advisable to people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.
10. Vaccines against pneumonia DO NOT protect against the COVID-19 virus
Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus. The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against COVID-19.
These are some of the myths related to the coronavirus and it is advised to everyone to follow and know the facts about Covid-19 and not spread or follow any rumours and myths.