There is a lot of information out there about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and it can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction. We here at Medly Pharmacy have put together a quick guide to help you sort through the misinformation out there.
MYTH: Coronavirus is affected by climate
It appears that according to all evidence so far, COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with a hot and humid climate.
Furthermore, cold weather and snow does not kill the new coronavirus.
MYTH: Coronavirus only affects older people
Coronavirus affects people of all ages. According to Dr. Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization’s emergencies chief, as much as 10% to 15% of people under 50 have moderate to severe infection.
Several groups of people are at increased risk of infection, including those who are immunosuppressed and smokers. Men seem to be faring worse than women, according to an ABC News report, and underlying health plays a major role.
“In China, 40% of people who required critical care had other chronic health problems. And there, deaths were highest among people who had heart disease, diabetes or chronic lung diseases before they got COVID-19,” the report states.
MYTH: Spraying chlorine/rubbing alcohol on yourself cures coronavirus
If you have coronavirus, you need to let the virus run its course. Rubbing or spraying cleaning products like chlorine or rubbing alcohol on the outside of your body will not kill viruses on the inside of your body.
Even worse, doing so may be harmful to your health. For example, chlorine may be useful for cleaning surfaces in your home, but should be kept away from your body.
MYTH: Air dryers can kill coronavirus
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), no, air dryers cannot kill coronavirus. WHO advises that you wash your hands properly before drying them with either an air dryer or paper towels.
Some viruses, like the common cold, spread more easily during colder months, but that doesn’t mean you cannot be infected by them during warmer months.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine stated that the novel coronavirus can be detected in aerosols for up to three hours, on copper for up to four hours, on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and on plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours.
MYTH: Taking a hot bath kills coronavirus
Taking a hot bath feels delightful, but it will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Your normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. In fact, taking a bath that is too hot can result in burns.
MYTH: UV light kills coronavirus
UV radiation can cause skin irritation and should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin. Your best defense is to wash your hands using proper hand hygiene.
MYTH: Antibiotics can treat coronavirus
Antibiotics target bacteria. The coronavirus is a virus. Antibiotics don’t target any kind of virus, including any kind of coronavirus.
MYTH: Pets can infect you with coronavirus
There is no current evidence that companion animals such as cats or dogs can infect you with the novel coronavirus. A single pet dog in Hong Kong tested a weak positive for the virus in late February 2020, but showed no symptoms; the area’s local Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department later said the test result might have been due to “environmental contamination.”
In a statement, Professor Jonathan Ball, Professor of Molecular Virology at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, said, “We have to differentiate between real infection and just detecting the presence of the virus. I still think it’s questionable how relevant it is to the human outbreak, as most of the global outbreak has been driven by human-to-human transmission.”
According to the CDC, there is no evidence to support the claim that companion animals can either contract or spread the novel coronavirus.
MYTH: Home remedies can cure or protect you from COVID-19
Unfortunately not. The list of home remedies that do nothing against COVID-19 is extensive and includes cutting up onions and placing them in the corners of your home, vitamin C, essential oils, silver colloid, sesame oil, garlic, fish tank cleaner, burning sage, and sipping water every 15 minutes.
Instead of relying on home remedies to protect you from COVID-19, it is best to adopt a strict handwashing regimen and practice social distancing to keep away from large groups of people where the virus may be present.
Sources: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/coronavirus-myths-explored
We hope that this series of debunked myths helps you to understand a little more of the facts behind the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19.