Sending that WhatsApp message that someone sent you in a group with home remedies against Coronavirus or sharing in your social media news from a questionable source with an alarming headline not only helps to feed the anxiety that we are all going through, but also contributes to intentional misinformation.
You only need to spend a few hours navigating in social media to realize that these are flooded with the Coronavirus topic. We know that there are many rumors, myths, and questions that will be answered as the pandemic evolves, and the behavior of the virus is studied and understood with certainty.
But, based on data shared by the World Health Organization, here we show you some of those myths circulating, and what we know is true so far.
Myth #1: If I get bitten by a mosquito, I can get the Coronavirus.
Fact: Coronavirus is a respiratory virus. If you touch your mouth, nose, or eyes without washing your hands after having close contact with an infected person who sneezed, cough, or you touched a contaminated surface, you are at risk of becoming infected. Mosquitoes are not capable of transmitting COVID-19
Myth #2: If I live in a hot, humid climate, I am not at risk for Coronavirus
Fact: Whether you live in hot or cold weather, the arrival of summer will not deactivate the virus.
Myth #3: Spraying chlorine or alcohol all over your body can kill the Coronavirus
Fact: No, spraying chlorine or alcohol all over your body does not kill a virus that has already penetrated your organism and can even be dangerous to your health. Chlorine and alcohol serve as an effective prevention for disinfecting surfaces.
Myth #4: Children are immune to COVID-19 and cannot get it.
Fact: No age group is immune to this virus. Even though it is true that most cases, so far, have occurred in adults, this does not mean that children are immune. They should maintain the same preventive measures as anyone else.
Myth #5: I can take antibiotics to prevent the virus or to kill it.
Fact: No. Antibiotics attack bacteria, not viruses.
Myth #6: If you get an Influenza vaccination, you won't get a coronavirus.
Fact: Neither influenza or pneumonia vaccines are specifically for COVID-19; this virus needs its own vaccine. Although it doesn't exist yet, work to find a proper vaccine began almost immediately after the first cases of Coronavirus.
Myth #7: Rinsing Your Nose with Saline Protects You from Coronavirus Infection
Truth: There is no scientific evidence to show that doing this is protection against COVID-19.
Myth #8: You can diagnose COVID-19 with rapid blood sample tests
Fact: The blood sample detects the antibodies produced against the virus. However, PCR tests are the test recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to confirm current cases of COVID-19 because they directly detect the presence of the virus' genetic material (RNA) through samples taken from a person's respiratory secretions.
Myth #9: Non-Contact Infrared Thermometers cause eye damage, retinal damage, and vision problems
Truth: The Infrared Thermometer does not use a laser beam to measure a person's temperature, but uses infrared rays that detect body temperature without impacting the retina.
There is a type of thermometer that does pose a risk to sight as they carry class III lasers. However, these thermometers are intended for industrial use only and are not suitable for humans' temperature.
Myth #10: You can protect yourself from COVID-19 by gargle with Chlorine
Truth: Chlorine gargling (or ingesting this chemical) is not beneficial to your health under any circumstances, but rather the opposite. Chlorine is potentially corrosive and harmful if ingested.
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