Mythbusters for Covid 19June 8, 2020 9:59 pm
Mythbusters for Covid 19
The internet has made the modern era both a time of incredible information sharing and a whirlwind of misinformation and distortion. Whether intentional or accidental, the sharing of half-truths and flat out lies can skew our understanding of current events and the world around us, and negatively impact our ability to make informed decisions concerning our lives and well-being. The coronavirus pandemic is no different.
In the following blog we reiterate a number facts laid out by the World Health Organization and supported by a wide-body of research to help clear the air around some commonly held and propagated misbeliefs about Covid-19, it’s transmission and effects. We remain committed to providing our communities with reliable, factual information that can be used to stay safe during this tumultuous time.
1. Most people infected with Covid-19 recover
- With supportive care, most people infected with Covid-19 recover from the disease. If you have been infected, this does not mean that you will have the disease for life.
- Swift, early action is crucial however, no matter what age group you fall in. If you have a cough, fever or other symptoms, or suspect you may have been exposed to someone with the virus, call a health facility or your primary care provider right away.
2. Covid-19 can affect people of all ages
- Yes, older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease appear to be more vulnerable to severe illness from Covid-19. However, there are documented cases of people of all ages who have become sick and died from this disease.
3. Drinking alcohol will not protect you from coronavirus
- Not only will alcohol not help protect you from the virus in any way, but alcohol puts strain on the body in general. Excessive use can weaken your immune system and cause a number of health issues.
4. Thermal scanners take temperatures, not detect the virus
- Thermal scanners are being used as a best option right now because they can detect fevers (high temperatures.) While they may be helpful in identifying people who MIGHT have the virus, because of the presence of a fever, they do not detect the virus itself.
5. Adding pepper or garlic to meals does not prevent or cure Covid-19
- While garlic has antimicrobial properties and pepper can liven up any dish, there is simply no truth to this. The best way to prevent being infected with the coronavirus is to remain 6 feet away from others and exercise good health and hygiene practices, like washing hands frequently, not touching your mouth and keeping your home environment clean. Taking care of yourself in general by eating wholesome, balanced meals and getting proper sleep is a good way to help prevent illness of any kind.
6. Covid-19 is not transmitted through house flies or mosquitoes
- The virus that causes Covid-19 is mainly spread through respiratory droplets released when an infected individual sneezes, coughs or speaks. There is no evidence proving that house flies or mosquito bites spread the virus the coronavirus.
7. Ingesting bleach or other disinfectants will not protect you and is extremely dangerous
- Do not, under any circumstances, drink or introduce bleach or other disinfectants into or onto your body. These products can be poisonous and cause severe internal damage, as well as damage to the eyes and skin. They should be used for disinfecting surfaces and surfaces only and must be kept out of reach of children.
- The same goes for methanol and ethanol. These are poisons and ingesting them can lead to severe disability, harm to internal organs and even death. Again, these products are to be used to disinfect surfaces ONLY.
8. Covid-19 is not spread by 5G mobile networks
- Virus cannot be carried through radio waves or other frequencies, and the virus is present in countries that do not have 5G mobile networks.
9. Exposure to sun and high temperatures does not prevent the spread of Covid-19
- No matter what the temperature is outside, how bright the sun is shining, or how hot and humid a climate is, the virus causing Covid-19 can still be spread. Even in warmer temperatures, practicing social distancing and good personal hygiene are the best defensive measure to take.
- The same holds true on the other side of the coin. There is no evidence to suggest that cold weather or low temperatures prevent the spread of the virus. In any climate or temperature, practicing social distancing and other recommended safety measures is the best defense against the virus.
10. Being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds without coughing is not an indicator of lung health
- The most reliable way to find out if you have been infected with the new coronavirus is to get a laboratory test. The presence of the virus, or any other pulmonary illness, can not be detected with a breathing test. Keep an eye out for symptoms like a dry cough, fever, and fatigue. The presence of these symptoms might indicate that something more serious is going on. As always, consult your primary care provider if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
11. Taking a hot bath has no effect on your chances of catching the virus
- Staying clean is an essential part of this fight, however taking a hot bath alone does not protect or rid your body from any viruses.
12. Hand dryers do not kill the coronavirus
- Washing regularly with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is the most effective way to make the virus non-viable. Dry thoroughly with a clean towel or warm air dryer.
13. Ultraviolet lamps should not be used as a disinfecting technique
- UV light can damage skin and eyes. To best keep your hands and skin clean, wash with soap and warm water.
14. Rinsing sinuses with saline solution will not prevent infection from the coronavirus
- While there is some evidence to suggest that such rinses can help with the common cold, saline rinses have not been shown to have any effect on respiratory infections, like Covid-19.
15. Antibiotics have no influence on the coronavirus, or any virus
- Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections, not viral ones. To date, there are no approved vaccines or drugs for the treatment or prevention of Covid-19. There are a number of clinical trials underway for a vaccine. We will be updating all progress on a potential treatment here.
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This post was written by CJ Urgent Care of NJ