Fact Or Myth? Coronavirus Questions Answered

Amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus, responsible for the global pandemic – COVID-19 – there are various speculations going around; some of them facts, and some mere myths.

Today, we take a look at some frequently seen statements regarding the COVID-19 disease and attempt to shed some light on them via the most reliable source for the pandemic, the “World Health Organization”.

Can exposure to the sun prevent me from getting the virus?

No. It is confirmed that regardless of the temperature of your area or exposure to the sun, you can still contract the novel coronavirus.

There have been reported cases of COVID-19 in countries with hot weather and climates, so you can not avoid the virus by exposing yourself unnecessarily to the sun.

If I can hold my breath for 10 seconds or longer, it means I don’t have the coronavirus.

This is not true. You may be able to hold your breath for more than 10 seconds and still have contracted the virus.

The most common symptoms of the disease include dry cough, fever, and fatigue. In severe cases, patients may develop shortness of breath and pneumonia.

This breathing test will not confirm nor deny whether you have the virus or not. The best way to make sure is via a laboratory test conducted by health care providers.

Drinking alcohol will kill the viruses that have infected me

This is a myth. Alcohol cannot destroy the viruses that have already contaminated your body. In fact, excessive drinking of alcohol can be severely dangerous, cause serious health complications, and must be avoided at all costs.

Cold weather and snow cannot kill coronavirus

This is a fact.

There has been no conclusive evidence nor any reason to believe that the cold or snow can kill the novel coronavirus.

Regardless of your region’s weather, coronavirus can still spread and infect people. This is because your body’s temperature, if healthy, always remains around 36.5°C to 37°C.

Eating garlic will prevent me from getting coronavirus

This is not true.

In general, garlic can be a healthy component that has many antimicrobial benefits.

But as far as research on the matter goes, there has been no evidence suggesting that eating garlic will prevent someone from contracting the virus.

Can antibiotics kill coronavirus?

No. Antibiotics cannot be used to treat COVID-19 because they have no effect on viruses. They can only be effective in treating bacterial illnesses.

For patients who have been hospitalized, however, antibiotics may be prescribed. This is because bacterial co-infections along with COVID-19 are sometimes possible.

I don’t need to wear a mask if I’m healthy.

Healthy people should only use masks when they are taking care of patients with COVID-19.

However, if you have coughing or sneezing symptoms, make sure to wear a mask and be informed of the proper and correct ways of using and disposing of the mask.

Masks can only be effective when used in combination with regular and thorough hand-washing practices.

Coronavirus can be spread through people who are showing no symptoms of illness

The coronavirus is mainly spread through small respiratory droplets of an infected person. These droplets are often expelled through coughing and sneezing, but also those with other symptoms of fever and fatigue can still transmit the virus. 

In some cases, people who are not feeling ill and have only a mild cough can be contagious and spread the virus.

Also, some reports have indicated that people who show no symptoms, can as well spread and transmit the virus. However, it is still unknown how often this can be the case.

Children cannot cath coronavirus

This is a myth.

Research has shown, that children along with adolescents are all susceptible to the virus just like any other age group.

Usually, illnesses with children and young adults are mild, but evidence suggests severe cases can also be seen in these age groups.

Can I contract coronavirus from my pet?

There have been confirmed cases of domestic pets such as cats and dogs or ferrets, who have tested positive for COVID-19 through contact with infected humans.

However, to date, there is no evidence suggesting that these animals can transmit the disease to humans and play a role in spreading COVID-19.

It is always best to take proper precautions after handling pets, such as hand-washing after contacting them, their food, or other supplies.

Remember to avoid kissing, licking, or sharing food with these animals.

Hand dryers can kill the coronavirus

This is not true.

Hand dryers play no role in preventing or killing viruses. The most efficient way to prevent contracting the virus is via frequent and thorough cleaning of the hands.

You can clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rubs, or wash them regularly with soap and water.

If I have symptoms, I should visit my doctor

This may not be true for all cases of COVID-19.

Around 80% of people who get infected with the virus, show only mild symptoms and won’t need any special treatments. The WHO recommends that people with mild symptoms stay home and self-isolate for 14 days, to reduce the risk of spread.

However, in severe cases where patients develop symptoms like shortness of breath and severe fever, it is recommended to seek medical care immediately.

Contact your doctor before you go into the care facility. Use masks if possible, and avoid touching any surfaces of the facility when you visit there.

Make sure to stay updated and alert through following reliable news sources such as the WHO or your local health administration.

Avoid listening to rumors, and don’t participate in spreading them. Always check your facts before quoting on something, by searching through reliable information on legitimate websites such as the World Health Organization or the CDC.

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