The entire world is gradually moving towards a complete lockdown as a result of an infectious disease, Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The virus rapidly spreads through droplets of saliva or discharge from nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The reason why it is escalating at an alarming rate is because there is no cure or vaccine available to treat it. Hence, the most efficient way to prevent and slow down the transmission is to be well informed about it and take necessary precautions which will be discussed further.
First, we will bust some of the most common myths that are currently circulating on social media and various WhatsApp groups.
COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in all areas including, hot and humid areas. Moreover, there is no research available which suggests that cold or hot climate can kill the virus.
Applying chlorine or alcohol will not kill the virus but in fact can harm your skin or body if it enters your mouth or eyes.
COVID-19 can infect people of every age. According to the report published by WHO, most number of cases in US involving COVID-19 virus were from among 22-44 age group.
COVID-19 and flu have some similar symptoms such as, cough and fever. However, COVID-19 is more deadly and has an estimated mortality rate between 1 and 3%.
Garlic has anti-bacterial properties and can slow the growth of bacteria. But since, COVID-19 is caused by a virus, it is useless against it.
Standard surgical masks cannot protect you from the virus as they are not designed to block out viral particles. However, ‘N95 respirators’ have shown to reduce the spread of the virus among the medical staff so, they are a reliable option.
This is false, drinking water every 15 minutes will not prevent you from getting infected.
There are few ways in which we can manage our health at home.
This is a difficult time for most of us, however we should try to remain calm and take necessary precautions to prevent ourselves from getting infected.