The world was mind blown when the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 broke out. No one saw it coming nor is anyone prepared for the sudden global pandemic. It began to make headlines across the world and stirred confusion and conflicting advice of the truth behind the contagious disease. But among many speculations about the coronavirus, only a few are true.
God has given us the wisdom to discern the truth. For that reason, we shouldn’t believe everything we’ve heard and read without checking the facts first.
World Health Organization lists some of the myth-busting facts spreading about COVID-19 that aren’t true. The health organization outlined 11 myths on their website.
1. You should wear a mask while exercising: MYTH
WHO states that it isn’t advisable to “wear a mask while exercising outdoors or near other people.” They wrote that exercise “may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably.. while also potentially promoting the growth of organisms when the masks become wet from sweat.”
So what should you do? WHO says you should “maintain a physical distance of at least one meter from others” when doing exercise.
2. Prolonged use of medical masks can cause oxygen deficiency: MYTH
The WHO advises people to make sure their medical mask “fits properly and that it is tight enough to allow you to breathe normally.”
And you must never reuse a disposable mask, instead, you should change it if the one you are wearing becomes damp.
3. Adding pepper to your food can prevent COVID-19: MYTH
Assumptions have been spreading that adding pepper to meals can stop someone from catching the coronavirus. This is not true, according to WHO. However, the organization advises that people should maintain a balanced diet, “in addition to hydrating, exercising, and having a balanced sleep routine.”
4. Drinking alcohol will not protect you against the virus: FACT
WHO is warning people not to make things worse by mistakenly believing that drinking alcohol can help them fight the coronavirus.
“Drinking alcohol does not protect you against Covid-19 and can be dangerous. The harmful use of alcohol increases your risk of health problems,” the organization wrote.
5. Thermal scanners can detect the coronavirus: MYTH
WHO clarifies that thermal scanners aren’t detectors of COVID-19. They are only used to detect if a person is having a fever, which is one of the symptoms of the infection.
6. There are currently no licensed drugs or medicines to treat or prevent COVID-19: FACT
WHO explains on the most controversial topic in this pandemic time—the vaccine against COVID-19.
“There are currently no drugs licensed for the treatment or prevention of Covid-19. There is currently no proof that hydroxychloroquine or any other drug can cure or prevent Covid-19,” the health organization stated. Although there are “several drug trials” taking place at this moment. And infected patients “should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms” from professional doctors.
Also, they warned on the possible “misuse” of a medication which “can cause serious side effects and illness and even lead to death”.
7. Bleach cannot be used to protect against the virus and is dangerous: FACT
WHO explains that “spraying and introducing bleach or another disinfectant into your body will not protect you against Covid-19 and can be dangerous”.
So the organization advises to never in “under any circumstance spray or introduce bleach or any other disinfectant into your body. These substances can be poisonous if ingested and cause irritation and damage to your skin and eyes.” It should only be used to clean surfaces.
8. The use of 5G networks increases the risk of the coronavirus: MYTH
The WHO strongly disagrees with this notion. Sadly, this has become the most common fake news story about coronavirus. The organization said, “Viruses cannot travel on radio waves/mobile networks. Covid-19 is spreading in many countries that do not have 5G mobile networks.”
Further, they explained, “Covid-19 is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. People can also be infected by touching a contaminated surface and then their eyes, mouth, or nose.”
9. Higher temperatures and sun exposure safeguard against COVID-19: MYTH
A lot of people have truly believed in this idea. But WHO strongly refutes this notion.
“You can catch Covid-19 no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill new coronavirus or other diseases. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather,” stated the organization.
10. People who test positive for COVID-19 may have it for the rest of their lives: MYTH
WHO also stated, “Most of the people who catch Covid-19 can recover and eliminate the virus from their bodies.” So saying that people who tested positive for the virus may have it for the rest of their lives is just another fake news.
11. People of all ages can test positive for the coronavirus: FACT
Finally, this statement is true. Everyone regardless of age is prone to catch the virus. Children, adults, or elderlies can be affected. However, WHO stressed out that “certain groups of people, including people who are older and those who have pre-existing medical conditions are deemed particularly vulnerable amid the Covid-19 outbreak.” Thus, they are seriously encouraged to stay at home.
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