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The world has come to a standstill all thanks to a virus. As the authorities employ different strategies to deal with this unexpected outbreak, we as responsible citizens must be mindful about fake news. It’s important to keep a check on facts and not believe or spread rumours.
There are lot of lies and myths about coronavirus lurking on internet. Such misinformation is not helpful at all and generates unnecessary panic amongst the regular public. In this article, we will bust six such prevalent myths about the coronavirus pandemic.
Myth 1: Drinking alcohol protects you against COVID-19
When the government of India allowed the liquor stores to reopen in the middle of a stringent lockdown, it came as a surprise to many. While alcohol can work as a great stress-buster in these times of isolation and boredom, it is definitely not to be treated as a cure for COVID-19. Excessive drinking is extremely harmful and may become a leading cause of severe liver disease, ulcers and even gastrointestinal problems. The risks of heavy drinking are just too many. Hence, it is quite ridiculous to believe that alcohol will protect you against any disease let alone coronavirus.
Myth 2: Thermal scanners detect COVID-19
People migrating during the lockdown are often required to take the thermal scanner test. According to WHO, thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have a fever (i.e. have a higher than normal body temperature). However, they cannot detect people who are infected with COVID-19. Fever is one of the main symptoms of COVID-19 and hence, an early detection of a fever with the help of a thermal scanner might help in faster recovery of the suspected patient. In times like, it is unwise to ignore fever of any kind and this is where thermal scanner helps. Other main symptoms of COVID-19 include cough and difficulty breathing.
Myth 3: Adding spices to your meals will prevent or cure COVID-19
There’s no doubt that having a wholesome diet and eating nutritious food gives you a robust immunity. But so far there has been no evidence that suggests that consuming spices protects you from COVID-19. Every region has a unique cuisine which comprises of different ingredients. We Indians love our spicy curries and the Americans love their triple cheesy burgers. While every ingredient has a different nutritional value, it is yet to be scientifically proved that spices can fight COVID-19.
Myth 4: Heat or exposing yourself to sun will prevent COVID-19
According to the recently published news report by the Times of India, India’s recovery rate has been improving and stands at 48.19 per cent as of June 1, 2020. It is presumed by many that the reason why India has one of the lowest mortality rates is because of its humid temperature. The average temperature in India lies in the range of 32 to 40°C. However, as per the information released by the WHO, one can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. There is no convincing research out there that proves that hot temperatures make the virus less potent.
Myth 5: 5G mobile networks spread COVID-19
5G is the fifth generation mobile network which cellular phone companies began deploying worldwide just last year. It is believed that this new generation cellular network uses an innovative radio technology and different network architecture that delivers higher bandwidth and lower latency compare to 4G or 3G networks. However, viruses (including coronavirus) are incapable of travelling over radio waves or mobile networks. Hence, there is no risk of getting infected by COVID-19 doesn’t matter which cellular network you are using.
Myth 6: Hydroxychloroquine can cure COVID-19
According to Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hydroxychloroquine is an arthritis medicine that also can be used to prevent malaria. On 21st March, 2020 President Trump tweeted saying that hydroxychloroquine could be a game-changer in the treatment of COVID-19. This tweet sparked a lot of controversy since it was deemed inaccurate by the World Health Organisation and Food and Drugs Administration. According to these reputed organisations, hydroxychloroquine drug has been used for a long time as a prescribed cure for malaria. However, it is yet to be proved that it can successfully cure COVID-19.
Myth 7: Consuming disinfectants or bleach will cure or prevent you from COVID-19
Liquid bleach is a sodium hypochlorite solution at 2–10%. A news report published by Michigan State University has explained how bleach can be used with cool tap water to disinfect external hard surfaces such as glass, metal, plastic etc. In a press conference held in United States, President Donald Trump suggested creating a medicine which could act like disinfectant and destroy the coronavirus inside the human body. This comment got him lot of flak as solutions like bleach, sanitizer and phenyl can do serious harm if consumed by a living organism. They are not to be considered a cure or medicine for COVID-19.
If we have to fight this pandemic then it’s important to get our facts right. Do not believe information from unethical sources and follow government regulations regarding safety. Wash your hands with soap for minimum 20 seconds and don’t forget to wear a mask when stepping outside. Last but not the least symptoms like dry cough, fever and breathing difficulty should not be ignored and immediate medical assistance should be seeked.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Shruti Nimbkar
Shruti Nimbkar (author) from Mumbai on November 01, 2020:
Yes I do indeed have 10 articles on hubpages now.
gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on November 01, 2020:
Thank you for your opinion about the pandemic spread around the world due to covid-19.
Collectively every country is still trying to bring the situation under control. Your article reminds me of what I had in my mind about the pandemic.
Cheers! You have been able to publish 10 articles