Deconstructing Coronavirus Myths

Information about coronavirus is everywhere, from websites to news outlets and social media sites. Although the medical community learns more about the virus each day, misinformation continues to circulate.

Be sure to stick to credible sources for coronavirus information, such as the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Below, we bust some of the most common coronavirus myths.

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Myth: Coronavirus cannot be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates.

From the evidence so far, it is believed that the virus can be transmitted in all regions and climates, including areas with hot and humid weather.

Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures. The best way to guard against the coronavirus is by adhering to local mandates and guidance, as well as frequently washing your hands.

Myth: Animals can spread coronavirus.

At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can spread coronavirus. Treat pets as you would other human family members – do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household.

If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets. It is also always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets.

This protects you against common bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella that can pass between pets and humans.

Myth: Coronavirus only affects older people.

People of all ages can be infected by the coronavirus. Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.

Myth: Antibiotics are effective in preventing and treating coronavirus.

No, antibiotics do not work against viruses. They only treat bacteria. Coronavirus is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.

However, people hospitalized for coronavirus may receive antibiotics as part of treatment, because it is possible to have a bacterial infection at the same time.

Myth: Mosquitoes can transmit coronavirus.

To date, there has been no information or evidence to suggest that the coronavirus can be transmitted by mosquitoes. The virus spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes — not through bug bites.

Myth: Spraying alcohol or chlorine on your body kills the coronavirus.

Spraying alcohol or chlorine on your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to your clothes, skin, eyes, and mouth. Alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they should be used only as directed.

That is it, those are some Coronavirus myths, if you’re still on lockdown and do you want to get an idea of activities that can be done in this period please read an article by clicking here.

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