Myths and Misconceptions about COVID-19: The year 2020 was badly affected due to COVID-19, a disease that is caused by a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, which is having several rumours and myths regarding it.
The World Health Organisation learned of this new virus on December 31, 2019, following a report of a cluster of cases of ‘viral pneumonia’ in Wuhan, People’s Republic of China.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, and high temperature (above 38 °C).
There has been no vaccine against coronavirus so far and hence masks is the only weapon against the novel virus. Therefore, leaders across the globe have suggested to wear face masks and maintain social distancing.
Myths and Misconceptions about COVID-19:
- When properly worn, medical masks won’t make you breathe in too little oxygen or too much carbon dioxide
- Drinking alcohol won’t prevent or cure COVID-19
- Consuming bleach or disinfectant is dangerous and won’t prevent COVID-19
- Drinking methanol or ethanol is dangerous and won’t prevent or cure COVID-19
- Holding your breath isn’t a test for COVID-19
- Eating garlic doesn’t prevent or cure COVID-19
- Young people can get COVID-19
- Heat and humidity don’t stop the spread of COVID-19
- Eating hot peppers won’t cure or prevent COVID-19
- No drugs have been proven to cure, treat or prevent COVID-19
- Antibiotics can’t treat or prevent COVID-19
- Vitamin and mineral supplements won’t cure COVID-19
- Hot baths don’t prevent COVID-19
- Cold and snow don’t prevent COVID-19
- Pneumonia vaccines don’t prevent COVID-19
- Hand dryers don’t prevent COVID-19
- Regularly rinsing your nose with saline doesn’t prevent COVID-19
- Ultra-violet lamps shouldn’t be used to prevent or cure COVID-19
- Mosquito bites don’t spread COVID-19
- Houseflies don’t spread COVID-19
- 5G mobile networks don’t spread COVID-19
- It’s very unlikely that shoes spread COVID-19
- COVID-19 is caused by a virus, not by bacteria
- Most people recover from COVID-19
- Thermal scanners detect fever, not COVID-19
- Older people aren’t the only ones at risk for COVID-19
- Hydroxychloroquine hasn’t been proven to cure or treat COVID-19