18 COVID Myths Dispelled By Experts

18 COVID Myths Dispelled By Experts

The whole pandemic era can easily be called a test for the whole human race to work together and look after each other by isolation and maintaining guidelines and protocols. 

Although thousands of people banded together to self-isolate and maintain the guidelines, a large portion of the population still lacked that common understanding. And that is the rise of absurd myths and superstitions that were born regarding the virus. 

So if you wanna know, a few of these Covid myths that have been disapproved by experts are all listed down below. 

18 Covid Myths That Are Debunked

18 Covid Myths That Are Debunked

The ridiculous and absurd myths that were born during the COVID-19 Pandemic are all listed down below, so keep on reading them to understand them properly. 

  1. “In Summer, the virus will spread more due to mosquito bites.”

As per Faheem Younus, MD, Chief Quality Officer and Chief of Infectious Diseases, University of Maryland UCH. “This infection only spreads via respiratory droplets and not blood. Mosquitos cannot spread the disease.”

  1. “Coronavirus will go away in the summer.”

As per WHO, ”This strain of coronavirus can be transmitted regardless of the region’s climate. A change in temperature isn’t expected to curtail the outbreak.”

  1. “If you can hold your breath for ten seconds without discomfort, you don’t have COVID-19.”

According to Infectious disease expert Gavin MacGregor, “Most young patients with coronavirus will be able to hold their breaths for much longer than 10 seconds. At the same time, many elderly people who don’t have the virus might not be able to do it.”

  1. “A Vaccine to cure COVID-19 is available.”

Lisa Maragakis, MD, MPH, Senior Director of infection prevention at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 

According to her, at the beginning of the pandemic, “there is no vaccine for the new coronavirus right now. Scientists have already begun working on one, but developing a vaccine that is safe, and one that has undergone clinical trials in human beings will take many months.”

  1. “Drinking water every 15 minutes will prevent you from contracting the virus.”

Trudie Lang, a Professor at Oxford University, said, “washing away a respiratory virus is impossible.”

  1. “You can protect yourself from COVID-19 by swallowing or gurgling with bleach, taking acetic acid or steroids, or using essential oils, saltwater, ethanol, or other substances.”

According to Lisa Maragakis, “None of these recommendations will protect you from getting COVID-19.” The best ways are.

  • Wash your hands as frequently as possible with hot water and soap.
  • Maintain social distancing by avoiding contact with other people. 
  • Avoid any people who are sneezing, coughing, or sick.
  • Rather than coughing on your hands, cough on your elbow crook, and stay home if you are sick. 
  1. “Since COVID-19 testing is unavailable, we should donate blood. The blood bank will test for it.”

As per Faheem Younus, “no blood bank is testing is for coronavirus, so this attempt will fail. Blood donation is a sacred exercise: let’s make sure we are motivated by the right reasons.”

  1. “You can get the virus from products made in China.”

According to John Hopkins, “Scientists currently believe that the virus doesn’t survive for extended periods on hard surfaces, although its lifespan still is being studied. A package from China will be in transit for several days or weeks before being delivered, so it’s unlikely that it harbors the virus. ”

  1. “Hand dryers kill the coronavirus.”

As per WHO, “the best method to protecting yourself against the virus is washing your hands with warm water and soap.”

  1.  “Hand sanitizers are better than soap and water.”

According to Faheem Younus, “Soap and water actually kill and washes away the virus from the skin.”

  1.  “Spraying yourself with chlorine or alcohol will kill the virus.”

WHO said, “Although alcohol and chlorine can be used in small amounts as disinfectants on hard surfaces, they cannot kill the virus once it haS entered your system. The products also can irritate your mouth, eyes, and other mucous membranes.”

  1.  “Rinsing your nose with nasal saline will prevent the virus.”

According to WHO, “There is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing your nose with saline lowers the duration of a common cold. But rinsing your nose has not been proven to eliminate the coronavirus or any other respiratory infection.”

  1.  “Eat a lot of garlic to avoid getting the virus.”

“Although garlic has some antimicrobial properties, which slows the spread of microorganisms. There isn’t any proof that garlic has helped prevent the spread of coronavirus,” as stated by WHO. 

  1.  “Chinese food is unsafe to eat right now.”

As per CDC or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “the spread of the virus has created a stigma towards Asian-Americans. The East Asian community and other groups were placed in quarantine. In reality, the virus spreads through respiratory droplets, and there’s little risk of contracting the virus from food. The best way to protect yourself is frequent hand washing.”

  1.  “A face mask will protect you from COVID-19.”

As stated by the CDC, “Masks are effective at capturing droplets, which is the main transmission route of the coronavirus. Masks should only be worn by healthcare professionals. If someone is in close contact with an infected person, a mask cuts the chance of the disease being passed on.”

  1.  “The virus was manufactured in a lab and was deliberately released.”

As per John Hopkins Medicine, “Viral outbreaks are common when an animal undergoes changes and passes the virus to humans, which is the likely origin of the coronavirus.”

  1.  “Ultraviolet disinfection lamps kill the virus on your skin.”

WHO stated that “the best way to sterilize your hands is by washing them with soap and water. The ultraviolet light will irritate your skin.”

  1.  “The virus only affects the elderly.”

“People who are elderly or have compromised immune systems are at a greater risk for severe illness if they contract the virus. But anyone of any age can contract and spread the virus to others. Which is why it’s important for everyone to take precautions, and frequently wash their hands.”

Wrapping Up!

Now that you know most of the ridiculous COVID myths that have been going around throughout the pandemic. Due to these myths, there exists a lot of confusion and misinformation among the mass population regarding the virus. 

So, now that I have made you aware that most of these myths are false and are all debunked by experts. If you liked this article then give it a like and comment down below to let us know.

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