COVID-19 has the world in a vice like grip and just as we think we’re getting somewhere; you hear of flare ups and recurring infections. However, on a positive note, we are more aware of what the virus can do. Armed with the right knowledge helps us maintain the right protocols to fight the virus and keep it away from our families and home. The problem though is the spread of coronavirus myths and false information that can-do extreme harm. Here are the 12 major myths of Covid-19 that you should know about to keep you safe.
MYTH 1: hydroxychloroquine can instantly kill the coronavirus
According to the World Health Organization, and other health bodies worldwide, there are no therapeutic drugs, or medication specifically approved to treat COVID -19. While drugs are still in clinical stages, Hydroxychloroquine a malaria drug, is not safe to treat the coronavirus. Both the CDC and the FDA advocate against use of the drug because of its high risk and safety factors. It can increase the risk of serious heart problems, lymph system disorders, kidney injuries and liver failure in COVID-19 patients. Do not resort to self-medication or advising people of drugs you may have heard on the internet. Always consult your doctor.
MYTH 2. Herbal Products, Ayurveda And Homeopathic Medicines Can Cure COVID-19
While experts of such schools of medicine say that Ayurveda, Homeopathy, and Herbal medicines can cure the coronavirus, this is not true. There is no scientific evidence to support any such claims. Herbal products do much to increase immunity and improve the body’s ability to fight disease. They may improve your health but they certainly don’t cure COVID-19. Instead, visit your local health center or public treatment facility set up for COVID-19 patients.
MYTH 3. Vitamin C can Cure a COVID-19 Infection
Vitamin C is a well-known anti-oxidant contributing to physiological processes in the body. It assists in the production of collagen and promotes healthy radiant skin. Vitamin C also decreases the risk of certain infections and improves your immunity. However, Vitamin C does not cure COVID-19 and there is no scientific evidence to back such claims.
MYTH 4: Eating Garlic Prevents COVID-19
Garlic is considered one of nature’s best anti-inflammatory products. It contains allicin that improves immunity, and fights inflammation. Some studies say that garlic also acts like a blood thinner and prevents clotting. The myth that garlic cures or prevents the coronavirus is based on an old study done on a chicken embryo infected with an older coronavirus. Garlic displayed inhibitory effects on that particular virus but it does not cure COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2.
MYTH 5. Spraying Bleach on Your Body Can Protect You from COVID-19
As one of the more harmful myths of COVID-19, if you put bleach on your body, it will not protect you from the coronavirus. Instead it will give you eye irritation, skin damage, eye damage, and possibly poison you. Bleach if ingested is highly dangerous especially for children. According to the CDC, bleach is effective against the coronavirus as a surface disinfectant. A suitable bleach solution can be made at home using 4 teaspoons of 5.25–8.25% bleach per quart of room temperature water. This will disinfect a surface up to 24 hours.
MYTH 6. Dogs Can Cause Coronavirus
This is definitely not true. This myth was started when a dog in Hong Kong tested positive for the coronavirus. This was later found so because the owner had contracted the virus first. According to the WHO, the chances of dogs passing on COVID-19 to humans is very slim if not nil. No evidence exists that dogs and cats spread the coronavirus.
Myth 7. Adding Pepper to Your Meals Will Protect You from Covid-19
Hot peppers, green or red peppers and black pepper may be a tasty additive for food. It certainly will not protect you from or cure COVID-19. Don’t play along with myths of COVID-19, the only way to be safe from the coronavirus is social distancing of 1 meter, and washing your hands frequently. It will benefit you to live a healthy lifestyle, maintain a good diet, stay hydrated and exercise to improve your body’s chances of fighting or recovering from an infection.
Myth 8. Exposing Yourself to The Sun or High Temperatures Protects You from Covid-19
Yes! The sun is good for you, it increases your levels of Vitamin D and improves immunity including your skeletal system. But the sun won’t protect you from COVID-19. Standing close to an infected person outdoors, the sun is not going to throw a force shield around you. Exposing yourself to temperatures higher than 25 degrees centigrade will also not protect you from COVID-19.
Myth 9. Smoking Does Not Prevent Covid-19
One of the most dangerous myths of COVID-19. In the best example of “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing,” smokers worldwide misinterpreted a study of nicotine to conclude smokers don’t get COVID-19. A French study in April hypothesized that nicotinic acid may benefit against the virus. However, this is not related to smoking and does not outweigh the injury to lungs caused by smoking. In fact, evidence and research proves smoking increases your chances of a COVID-19 infection.
Myth 10. Once You Catch Covid-19, You Get It for Life
The media loves fear mongering. Avoid scary and untrue myths of COVID-19. Instead always refer to your national health organization. Statistics prove, most people recover from COVID-19 and it will be eliminated from your body. There are stray reports of people contracting the infection twice but, in the majority, this is not the case. COVID-19 is not going to remain in your body lifelong. If you notice symptoms of coughing, breathing difficulty, fever and body ache, then consult your doctor immediately. With proper care, most recover form COVID-19.
MYTH 11. COVID-19 Can be Transmitted Through Houseflies
According to the WHO website, there is no evidence or information to suggest that the coronavirus is transmitted through houseflies. The virus spreads mainly through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. You can also get infected by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth without first washing your hands.
MYTH 12. A Hot Bath Will Not Prevent you from catching COVID-19
Among myths of COVID-19, a hot bath is definitely not a preventive measure from the coronavirus. Your normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. Taking a hot bath with extremely hot water is harmful, and can burn you. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently washing your hands. This eliminates viruses that may be on your hands, it helps you avoid an infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.