Coronavirus: Myths & Facts!

Coronavirus: Myths & Facts!

Face masks can protect you from the virus

Standard surgical masks cannot protect you from SARS-CoV-2, as they are not designed to block out viral particles and do not lay flush to the face, Live Science previously reported. That said, surgical masks can help prevent infected people from spreading the virus further by blocking any respiratory droplets that could be expelled from their mouths.

Within health care facilities, special respirators called “N95 respirators” have been shown to greatly reduce the spread of the virus among medical staff. People require training to properly fit N95 respirators around their noses, cheeks and chins to ensure that no air can sneak around the edges of the mask; and wearers must also learn to check the equipment for damage after each use.

Hand Dryers can kill coronavirus

Do you use hand dryers to dry your hands after washing? Recently, a rumour began to be circulated claiming that these dryers can effectively kill coronavirus. But according to WHO, there is no scientific basis for this claim.

To remove possible coronavirus from your hands, you have to wash them thoroughly with soap and water. Otherwise, the viruses can enter your body if you touch your nose, eyes or mouth with unwashed hands. You can also use a hand sanitizer that contains alcohol to kill the viruses.

Ultraviolet disinfection lamp kills coronavirus

These lamps do not kill viruses. Moreover, using them frequently can cause skin damage. UV rays can irritate your skin and cause allergies and premature wrinkles.

Kids can’t catch the coronavirus

Children can definitely catch COVID-19, though initial reports suggested fewer cases in children compared with adults. For example, a Chinese study from Hubei province released in February found that of more than 44,000 cases of COVID-19, about only 2.2% involved children under age 19.

However, more recent studies suggest children are as likely as adults to become infected. In a study reported March 5, researchers analyzed data from more than 1,500 people in Shenzhen, and found that children potentially exposed to the virus were just as likely to become infected as adults were, according to Nature News. Regardless of age, about 7% to 8% of contacts of COVID-19 cases later tested positive for the virus.

Spraying alcohol or chlorine can kill coronavirus in infected people

If the coronavirus has already entered your body, then spraying yourself with alcohol or chlorine will not help. In fact, if used all over the body, these substances can cause serious skin irritations. They can only kill the virus if it is on the surface of the skin.

Receiving packages or letter arriving from China can give you coronavirus

The coronavirus cannot survive for long on inanimate objects like parcels or letters. So you can safely accept any mail or parcel coming in from China.

Pets can give you coronavirus

Are you worried because you have a pet? WHO has found no evidence to support the claim that household pets can contract coronavirus. So, in all likelihood, you will not get the infection from them. However, just to be absolutely safe, wash your hands after touching any dog or cat. And if you have pets of your own, give them regular showers so that they don’t pass any kind of bacteria to you.

The virus was probably made in a lab

No evidence suggests that the virus is man-made. SARS-CoV-2 closely resembles two other coronaviruses that have triggered outbreaks in recent decades, SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, and all three viruses seem to have originated in bats. In short, the characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 fall in line with what we know about other naturally occurring coronaviruses that made the jump from animals to people.

Pneumonia vaccines can prevent coronavirus

Even though the deaths due to coronavirus result from the progress of the infection to pneumonia, any vaccine that prevents pneumonia will not work against this new strain of the virus. Efforts are ongoing to develop a fresh new vaccine that can kill coronavirus.

Using a saline nasal spray will prevent coronavirus

Even though a nasal spray may speed up recovery from a common cough and cold, there is absolutely no evidence that proves that a saline spray can prevent the coronavirus.

Coronavirus causes death for sure

That’s not true. About 81% of people who are infected with the coronavirus have mild cases of COVID-19, according to a study published Feb. 18 by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. About 13.8% report severe illness, meaning they have shortness of breath, or require supplemental oxygen, and about 4.7% are critical, meaning they face respiratory failure, multi-organ failure or septic shock. The data thus far suggests that only around 2.3% of people infected with COVID-19 die from the virus. People who are older or have underlying health conditions seem to be most at risk of having severe disease or complications. While there’s no need to panic, people should take steps to prepare and protect themselves and others from the new coronavirus.

Garlic can save you from coronavirus

There is no evidence or study that has conclusively proved that garlic is effective against coronavirus. Garlic has anti-microbial properties so you can consume it to strengthen your immunity.

Sesame oil will prevent coronavirus

No, it won’t prevent coronavirus and no evidence has been found to support this claim.

Pets can spread the new coronavirus

Probably not to humans. One dog in China contracted a “low-level infection” from its owner, who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, meaning dogs may be vulnerable to picking up the virus from people, according to The South China Morning Post. The infected Pomeranian has not fallen ill or shown symptoms of disease, and no evidence suggests that the animal could infect humans.

Several dogs and cats tested positive for a similar virus, SARS-CoV, during an outbreak in 2003, animal health expert Vanessa Barrs of City University told the Post. “Previous experience with SARS suggests that cats and dogs will not become sick or transmit the virus to humans,” she said. “Importantly, there was no evidence of viral transmission from pet dogs or cats to humans.”