Today, the COVID-19 pandemic has bought life to stand still. Most of us are locked inside our homes pursuing our hobbies, spending quality time with family, working from home and while doing all this we are following safety measures laid down by the government.
It takes no time to understand that once there is a vaccine out in the market we all shall remain aware of it, however; these days there are many myths that keep floating over the internet, Whatsapp groups, Facebook messengers, and on other media websites.
Not all of us tend to authenticate the information, instead, we tent to believe the news and live under wrong assumptions. To make you aware of the most popular Coronavirus myths floating around and help you understand what is the truth we wish to shed some light on the myths and burst them so that they do not bother you anymore while you are quarantined at your home.
Hydroxychloroquine is the Magical COVID-19 Treatment Drug
Truth: Novel Coronavirus is a new disease, which has caused the pandemic. Due to this, no one is enough aware of the exact drug, which can cure Coronavirus patients. All the researchers around the world are working hard to get a vaccine in place, however, it takes time for the several trials and approvals before a vaccine actually comes out.
Talking about the Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), which actually treats and prevents malaria. It may also treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. When used on patients this drug possibly showed recovery symptoms due to which many vouch on its positive effects.
However, it cannot be consumed without a medical practitioner’s approval to treat COVID-19 and neither is it an approved drug for treating Coronavirus positive patients. The WHO is still coordinating efforts to develop and evaluate medicines to treat COVID-19.
The new virus is called as Novel Coronavirus for a reason, that it’s completely new and needs its own vaccination. You can take vaccinations against respiratory illnesses to stay protected but Coronavirus prevention definitely cannot be solved with the Pneumonia vaccine.
Remember it is a virus and not a human being! Coronavirus can spread from individual to another very easily if physical distancing is not maintained. Someone at the North Pole can also get affected and someone staying in the warmest country can also get infected if it comes in contact with a Coronavirus positive patient.
So, do not think that your country is warm or cold and you may not be infected. Maintain physical distance wherever you are.
It is recommended that only health workers and people who are taking care of Coronavirus patients must wear face-masks and that too an N-95 mask along with face shield and Personal Protective Equipment, which includes gloves.
Not all face masks protect you against Covid-19, however, it helps to protect against droplets when someone sneezes or coughs and does not cover his/her face a normal mask comes to rescue.
But, non-come to help if there are aerosolized particles of the virus around you. When you are wearing a mask, it is essential to continue with other precautions, you are not supposed to touch your face and keep practicing physical distancing. There are surgical masks and N-95 protectors but as of now it’s only for medical health workers.
Medical practitioners keep stressing about the importance of building your immunity, because after all Coronavirus is a virus that enters your body but if your white blood cells are strong enough to fight the virus it may help you in preventing from getting infected.
Hence, a lot of homeopathy medicine and Ayurvedic consumption of milk with turmeric, cumin, and garlic in food, taking hot water steam is recommended for boosting your immunity. However, do not mistake it with a prevention medicine or a cure for Coronavirus.
If you are already infected these preventive immunity building medicines will not do any help. You need to see the Doctor or report it to your nearest hospital. Arsenicum album 30 is a common immunity-boosting medicine recommended by Homeopaths.
There is no such evidence, which shows the spread of Coronavirus through animals however, as per the hygiene; standards do wash your hands once you come in contact with your pet. Do not abandon your pets during such trying times.
You thought if an alchohol based sanitizer can kill the germs then why not consume alchohol to cure or prevent Coronavirus. Understand alchohol can disinfect the skin externally but the process inside our body is much more complex than what you think, hence do not consume alcohol as it weakens the immune system and is hazardous to health.
No, Hand dryers do not kill Coronavirus make sure you wash your hands with a soap for at least 20 seconds and then dry it with a hand dryer if needed. You can also use an alcohol bases sanitizer to clean your hands thoroughly.
Thermal Scanners Can Detect COVID-19 Patients
It can only help in identifying individual with high body temperature so that a symptomatic patient is detected. It cannot detect people who get infected with COVID-19.
Coronavirus can affect anyone from any age group staying anywhere in the world, sadly the virus is not biased. Although. senior citizens, and people with some or the other pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus and may take time to recover. However, anyone can get infected. Stay safe Stay indoors.
There is no firm data, which supports this theory. WHO primarily said it spreads when an infected person’s water droplets like Saliva or discharge from nose enter your body through your respiratory system. So, do not believe this myth.
Do not believe in such myths, always take the world circulated by WHO or your Govt websites. Avoid self-medication and follow all safety measures! Stay safe stay indoors.