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Coronavirus myths debunked

04/15/2020

Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a large family of viruses that causes illness ranging from the common cold to severe diseases such as Severe Acute Syndrome (SARS-CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV). 

Coronavirus was first witnessed in Wuhan City, China, from where it started to spread all around the globe and has reached 19,81,239 confirmed cases worldwide.

The symptoms of this virus include; fever, cough, shortness of breath, and body ache. In sporadic cases, this infection can cause pneumonia, SARS, kidney failure, and even death. 

 

CORONAVIRUS

The standard recommendations and precautions that have been given out by the World Health Organization (WHO) include; regular hand washing, covering of your mouth and nose while you cough and sneeze, social distancing, and avoid eating raw meat. 

 

Coronavirus myths

There is so much inaccurate information floating around the internet due to which the World Health Organization finally had to call them all ‘infodemic.’ The social media is flooded with all sorts of misinformation that is misguiding people and creating panic amongst them. 

The commonly witnessed myths that are doing the rounds include the following;

 

Myth 1- Home remedies can cure corona

There is no cure or coronavirus vaccine. All these home remedies of eating garlic and sipping water every 15 minutes are baseless and won’t protect you from this virus. The only and only way is to stay home and maintain social distancing. Washing your hands with soap or sanitizing it, covering your mouth while you go out, can help you stay away from this virus. Read the precautionary measures given out by WHO for more info.

 

Myth 2- The virus can be transmitted through parcel from china

Getting a letter or parcel from China won’t put you at the risk of getting infected by this virus. According to the WHO, this virus does not stay alive for long on objects or surfaces. So, this infection cannot be transmitted through any parcel coming from China. 

 

Myth 3- Kids can’t get infected by COVID-19

Anyone of any age group can get coronavirus. However, older ailing people are more vulnerable to this virus, but it has been witnessed that kids have also been infected with this virus according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Newborn babies to adults, everyone is at risk. 

 

Myth 4- People who are infected will die

According to a survey, the death rate for this virus is only 2%. The manifestations of this virus are mild to moderate and are similar to that of a common cold. However, in very rare cases, this virus can be fatal, especially for those who have a weaker immune system, which includes mostly the elderly or the very young. 

 

Myth 5- Coronavirus is human-made.

This is the most talked-about myth, where it is said that the virus has not come from nature; instead, it has been created in a lab. Many unverified social media accounts had started these rumors but were not supported by any factual evidence whatsoever. Another version that did the rounds was that the Chinese lab had been secretly working on a bioweapon that got leaked. 

However, Corona is transmitted through animals and is likely to be originated in bats, but still, experts are trying to figure out the exact source, which is unknown. 

 

Piece of advice

If you have any queries related to this virus, you can check out the WHO webpage for more information rather than depending on or believing what’s surfacing around the internet. Not everything that you see or read is true. 

 

Stay home. Stay safe

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