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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Coronavirus Myths

As the coronavirus continues to attract attention, many lies surround the problem. We will discuss some of these myths and conspiracy theories.

The new coronavirus now known as SARS-CoV-2 has spread from Wuhan China, to all continents of the Earth except Antarctica.

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially reviewed the classification of health emergencies of international interest in a pandemic on 11 March 2020.

The virus has caused millions of infections worldwide, killing hundreds of thousands. America is the most affected country.

As always, when the word "pandemic" begins to make headlines, people are frightened. And fear is accompanied by false information and rumors.

Here are some of the most common Coronavirus myths out there on social media and beyond.

1. Children cannot have COVID-19

Children Coronavirus

All age groups can contact SARS-CoV-2.

So far, most cases have occurred in adults, but children are not immune. Preliminary evidence suggests that even children can get it, but the symptoms are less severe.

On May 15, 2020, WHO published a commentary on inflammatory diseases in children and adolescents that could be associated with COVID-19.

This condition, called multisystem inflammatory disease, has characteristics similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome.

Scientists now know very little about the condition. But from May 2020 study suggests that it is rare. "Probably less than 1 in 1,000 children exposed to coronavirus.

2. Only the elderly and young people are at risk

SARS-CoV-2 like other coronavirus can infect people of all ages. However, older people and those with existing health problems like diabetes and asthma are more likely to fall seriously ill.

3. Spraying the skin with chlorine or alcohol kills viruses in the body

Spraying on skin

Applying alcohol or chlorine to the body can cause harm, especially if it gets into the eyes or mouth. People can use these chemicals to disinfect surfaces, but not use on the skin.

These products cannot kill the virus in the body.

4. COVID-19 is like the flu

Coronavirus causes diseases with flu-like symptoms, such as pain, fever and cough. Likewise, COVID-19 and flu can be mild, severe or rarely fatal. Both can cause pneumonia.

However, the general profile of COVID-19 is more serious. Mortality reported in several countries varies.

Scientists still calculate precise mortality rates, but they can be much higher than seasonal flu.

5. Everyone with COVID-19 dies

covid19 death

This claim is incorrect. As mentioned earlier, COVID-19 kills only a small percentage.

In a recent report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in China concluded that 80.9% of COVID-19 cases were mild.

The WHO also reports that about 80% of people suffer from milder diseases and do not need treatment in a special hospital.

Mild symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath.

6. Cats and dogs spread coronavirus

Currently, there is little evidence that coronavirus can infect dogs and cats. However, the virus was passed on to Hong Kong, a Pomeranian whose owner had COVID-19. The dog showed no symptoms.

7. Face masks always protect against coronavirus

Face masks

Healthcare workers wear a professional mask that fits perfectly to the face and protects against infections.

Disposable masks and cloth masks can prevent droplet, but cannot prevent aerosol particles.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone wear a face mask. In public places where it is difficult to stay 2 meters away from others. This slows down the spread of the virus to asymptomatic people. And to those who are not aware they have contracted the virus.

When wearing a mask, it is essential to continue with other precautions. Such as practicing physical distance and avoiding contact with the face.

8. Hand dryer kills coronavirus

Hand dryer does not kill coronavirus. The best way to protect yourself and others from viruses is to wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

9. SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus) is a variant of cold.

Cold

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, all with sharp proteins on their surface. Some of these viruses use human as their main host and cause colds.

10. You have to be with someone for 10 minutes to contact the virus.

The longer you stay with someone that has it, the more likely you are to get the virus. But it is still possible to detect the virus. 

11. Rinsing your nose with saline protects against coronavirus

There is no evidence that saline nasal rinses prevent respiratory infections. Some studies suggest that this approach may reduce the symptoms of acute upper respiratory tract infections. But scientists have not found that it can reduce the risk of infection.

12. You can gargle with bleach to protect yourself

Do not put bleach in your mouth. Bleach There is no situation where bleach is beneficial to human health. Bleach is corrosive and can cause serious damage.

13. Garlic protects against coronavirus

Garlic

Some studies suggest that garlic can slow down the growth of certain types of bacteria. However, COVID-19 is caused by a virus and there is no evidence that garlic can protect people from COVID-19.

14. Antibiotics kill coronavirus

Antibiotics only kill bacteria. They do not kill the virus.

15. A Thermal scanner can diagnose coronavirus.

A thermal scanner can detect if someone has fever. But, other conditions such as seasonal flu can also cause fever.

In addition, COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after infection. This means that a person infected with the virus may reach normal temperatures a few days before the fever begins.

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