Myths; Busted

Common Misconceptions Myths; Busted

Some common misconceptions about COVID-19 and the facts that contradict them are as follows:

Myth 1: Temperatures higher than 25 degrees Celsius prevent COVID-19 transmission, so exposing yourself to the sun, or simply to such temperatures will prevent the disease.

Fact: You can contract COVID-19 regardless of how hot the weather in your country is; many countries with hot climates have a high number of reported cases.

Myth 2: The virus is either always deadly, or you’ll have it for life if you contract it now.

Fact: Most people recover fairly easily; sometimes on their own, and sometimes with supportive care, especially with higher-risk groups that may not be able to recover as easily.

Myth 3: Being able to hold your breath for ten seconds or more without coughing or experiencing discomfort means you do not have the virus.

Fact: Breathing exercises such as these are inaccurate; being able to them does not necessarily indicate the absence of COVID-19; or any other lung disease, for that matter.

Myth 4: Consuming alcohol can protect you from contracting the virus.

Fact: Alcohol does no such thing, and excessive consumption can create further health problems.

Myth 5: Similar to Myth 1, some believe that COVID-19 cannot be transmitted in hot and humid climates.

Fact: The virus can spread in any climate, so take protective measures regardless of where you live.

Myth 6: Cold weather kills the virus and thus prevents transmission.

Fact: Again, the weather has no effect on the virus; even in cold weather your body temperature remains 36.5-37 degrees Celsius, so the virus can definitely survive.

Myth 7: You can prevent this disease by taking hot baths.

Fact: Again, human body temperature is constant and a hot bath won’t change it. Hot baths have no effect in protecting you from the virus.

Myth 8: The virus can be transmitted through mosquito bites.

Fact: There is no evidence so far to suggest that mosquito bites are a means of transmission for COVID-19.

Myth 9: Hand dryers may be effective in killing the virus.

Fact: Hand dryers cannot kill the virus, but feel free to use them after you frequent hand washing.

Myth 10: Ultraviolet disinfection lamps can be used to kill the virus.

Fact: Not only is this untrue, but UV radiation can damage and irritate the skin as well, so avoid using them for this purpose.

Myth 11: Thermal scanners can always detect if a person is infected with the virus.

Fact: Thermal scanners are not always effective; they can detect infection in people who already have a fever, but they cannot do so for people who may be infected but do not have a fever yet.

Myth 12: Spraying substances like alcohol and chlorine on your body can kill the virus.

Fact: Such substances can be harmful if sprayed near the eyes or mouth, and they cannot protect you from viruses that have already entered your body. However, you may use them to disinfect surfaces.

Myth 13: Vaccines like those for pneumonia can protect you from the virus.

Fact: COVID-19 is a new and unique virus; it needs its own vaccine. None of our existing vaccines have proved effective in protecting from or treating this virus.

Myth 14: Regularly rinsing your nose with saline water can prevent contraction of the virus.

Fact: There is no evidence to show that this method has protected people from COVID-19 in particular, and respiratory infections in general

Myth 15: Eating garlic can prevent infection from this virus.

Fact: Garlic is good for you, but there is no proof to suggest that it is effective for protecting you from COVID-19.

Myth 16:  It is only the elderly that may contract COVID-19.

Fact: While certain groups are at a higher risk of infection, including the elderly, the virus can infect people of all age groups.

Myth 17: Antibiotics (or other certain medicines) can prevent and/or treat the virus.

Fact: Antibiotics work against bacteria, they are not effective against this, or any other, virus. In fact, there is no specific medicine available at the moment which can prevent or treat the novel coronavirus.