Have you heard some of these myths about COVID-19?
- Certain temperatures kill COVID-19
- Drinking alcohol protects you against COVID-19
- Holding your breath for 10 seconds is a test to see if you have contracted COVID-19
- You cannot recover from COVID-19
- Taking a hot bath prevents COVID-19
- COVID-19 can be transmitted through mosquito bites
- Hand dryers are successful in killing COVID-19
- Ultraviolet lights can kill COVID-19
- Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kills COVID-19
- Vaccines against pneumonia protect you against COVID-19
- Regularly rinsing your nose with saline will help prevent infection with COVID-19
- Eating garlic helps prevent infection with COVID-19
- COVID-19 only affects older people
- Antibiotics effective in preventing and treating COVID-19
Read on to understand how these COVID-19 myths are debunked by the World Health Organization (WHO).
It’s no surprise with how fast COVID-19 is spreading globally, accompanied by growing fatalities, that people are scared and misinformation is rampant.
With so many diverse media outlets, there is bound to be misinformation. In the wake of social media like Instagram, TicTok, Twitter and Facebook there has been a great deal of hysterics surrounding COVID-19 information that is dangerously inaccurate.
That’s why I’m providing information from reputable sources like the WHO for parents.
This article will refer to the Coronavirus by its technical term, COVID-19. In other media sources it is also referred to as ‘the new Coronavirus’ or 2019-nCoV.
COVID-19 MYTHS DEBUNKED
Myth: Certain temperatures kill the new COVID-19.
Reply: You can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. Countries with hot weather have reported cases of COVID-19.
Reply: Snow or cold weather in general CANNOT kill COVID-19. “The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather” (WHO, April 2020).
Myth: Drinking alcohol protects you from COVID-19.
Reply: Drinking alcohol does not protect you from getting COVID-19. In fact, it is dangerous and excessive drinking can put you at higher risk for developing other health issues.
Myth: Test to see if you have the Coronavirus by holding your breath for 10 seconds. If you can without coughing, you are free of the virus.
Reply: There is NO test of this sort at the moment. “Being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or feeling discomfort DOES NOT mean you are free from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or any other lung disease” (WHO, April 2020).
The WHO recommends the best way to confirm if you have the virus producing COVID-19 disease is with a laboratory test. Confirming it through other means like holding your breath could be dangerous.
Myth: You cannot recover from COVID-19.
Reply: You CAN recover from COVID-19. Catching COVID-19 DOES NOT mean you will have the disease for the duration of your life.
“If you catch the disease, make sure you treat your symptoms. If you have cough, fever, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early – but call your health facility by telephone first” (WHO, April 2020).
COVID-19 MYTHS DEBUNKED CON’T
Myth: Taking a hot bath prevents COVID-19.
Reply: Taking a hot bath DOES NOT in any way prevent COVID-19.
Myth: COVID-19 can be transmitted through mosquito bites.
Reply: The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.
The WHO has reported that there has been reason to believe that COVID-19 could be transmitted by mosquitoes.
“[COVID-19] is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose” (WHO, April 2020).
Myth: Hand dryers are successful in killing COVID-19.
Reply: Hand dryers are NOT effective in killing COVID-19.
Myth: Ultraviolet lights can kill COVID-19.
Reply: UV lamps should NOT be used to clean your hands or other areas of skin on your body. UV radiation can cause skin irritation.
Myth: Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kills COVID-19.
Reply: Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will NOT kill viruses that have already entered your body.
It can be harmful to you and your clothes, if not appropriately.
Myth: Vaccines against pneumonia protect against COVID-19.
Reply: “Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus” (WHO, April 2020).
The WHO have reported that researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV and they are supporting this process.
Myth: Regularly rinsing your nose with saline will help prevent contracting COVID-19.
Reply: According to the WHO, there is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection from COVID-19.
The WHO say there is very limited evidence suggesting that regularly rinsing your nose with saline can assist recovery more quickly from the COMMON COLD. “However, regularly rinsing the nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections (WHO, April 2020).
Myth: Eating garlic helps prevent infection with COVID-19.
Reply: Although garlic has some antimicrobial properties, there is NO evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.
Myth: COVID-19 only affects older people.
Reply: Folks of all ages can be infected by COVID-19. Older folks and people with pre-existing conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease are at an increased risk.
Myth: Antibiotics effective in preventing and treating COVID-19.
Reply: Antibiotics DO NOT work against viruses. They work only with bacteria.
“The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment. However, if you are hospitalized for the 2019-nCoV, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible” (WHO, April 2020).
COVID MYTHS DEBUNKED: HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF & FAMILY FROM COVID-19
According to the WHO (April, 2020), the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. Use either an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
This process will help to eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur when you then touch your eyes, mouth or nose.
Once your hands are cleaned, you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer.
Try to avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.
Get in depth information on how to protect yourself from COVID-19 here.
STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST ON COVID-19 TO AVOID THE SPREAD OF MYTHS
Please stay up to date with the latest in the global epidemic. Follow these WHO recommendations on staying safe and stay at home as much as you can to avoid spreading the virus. You may not know you’re a carrier.
As you know, COVID-19 affects everyone but can be fatal for older folks or those that have respiratory issues. This means we should try and keep everyone safe by helping to stop the spread.
Help stop the spread. Keep your family and friends safe. Wishing you all a safe and happy time at home.
Keep an eye on your mental health during this time, it can be quite stressful. It’s also a lot of time with the kids, so please check out the Mindful Parenting Guide I’ve put together for times like these. More parenting resources can be found here.
Be good to yourself,