COMMON MYTHS ABOUT NOVEL CORONAVIRUS INFECTION
1. Myth: COVID -19 outbreak will end with a rise in temperatures.
Reality: No proof of this yet. Higher temperature may however help reduce transmission rate. This is because all viruses are heat sensitive. They may not survive on surfaces for long in hot weather.
2. Myth: Everyone needs an N 95 mask.
Reality: Only health care workers who work in close contact require N95 mask. The general public without any disease symptoms do not need to wear mask at all. If they must they can use a surgical mask which is cheaper.
3. Myth: Taking hot bath can save you from getting infected.
Reality: A hot bath won’t prevent you from COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself is by frequently cleaning your hand by soap and by using hand sanitizer.
4. Myth : Spraying alcohol all over your body can kill the coronavirus.
Reality: Spraying alcohol all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e eyes, mouth etc.).
5. Myth: Novel Coronavirus infection can be transmitted through good manufactured in China or any country reporting COVID -19 cases.
Reality: Even though Novel Coronavirus may stay upto several days, it is very unlikely that the virus will persist on a surface after it has been moved, travelled and been exposed to different conditions & temperatures.
6. Myth: Pets at home can spread coronavirus.
Reality: At present there is no evidence that companion animals/pets, such as dogs, or cats can be infected by Novel coronavirus. However it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soaps and water after contact with pet.
7. Myth: Flu shots can protect you against Novel Coronavirus.
Reality: Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus Influenza type B (Hib) don’t provide protection against novel coronavirus. There is no vaccine for the new coronavirus right now. Scientists have already begun working on one, but developing a vaccine that is safe and effective in human beings will take many months.
8. Myth: Medicines that help to boost immunity can prevent COVID -19.
Reality: Such medicines Allopathic or Homoeopathic can boost immunity in general but there’s no proof that it can protect people from the new coronavirus.
9. Myth: Antibiotics can prevent and treat Novel Coronavirus infection.
Reality: Antibiotics donot work against viruses, only bacteria; Novel Coronavirus is a virus and therefore antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment. However if you are hospitalized for COVID-19 then you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.
10. Myth: Eating Chicken, meat, Fish adds to risk of getting COVID-19.
Reality: No. The new Coronavirus is a respiratory virus and so spreads primarily through contact with an infected person through respiratory droplets generated when a person for example coughs, or sneeze or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.