Coronavirus and COVID 19 Pandemic

Coronavirus Myths and Facts

Last updated on October 20th, 2022 at 07:42 am

Coronavirus is a respiratory disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. In this article, we’ll go over some common coronavirus myths and facts about this pandemic.

Coronavirus Myths

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.  

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. 

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness, such as coughing and sneezing. (Source WHO)

Coronavirus Live Update in India

The government of India is taking all necessary steps to ensure that we are prepared well to face the challenge and threat posed by the growing pandemic of COVID-19, the Corona Virus. With the active support of the people of India, we have been able to contain the spread of the virus in our country. The most important factor in preventing the spread of the Virus locally is to empower the citizens with the right information and take precautions as per the advisories being issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. The Helpline Number for corona-virus: +91-11-23978046 or 1075.

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Noticeable COVID-19 symptoms

Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are like a cold or flu. In severe cases, the infection can lead to death.

Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest known infectious period for this disease.

Symptoms have included:

12 Coronavirus myths and facts

There’s so much inaccurate information floating around out there that the World Health Organization is calling it an “infodemic.” In perhaps the clearest sign of the times, WHO has joined TikTok to help set the record straight. The myths exist both on the fringes of the internet and in more mainstream outlets. And while social media platforms are now, taking steps to elevate credible information and remove content that could confuse people, they’re fighting an uphill battle. Meanwhile, censorship and government mistrust in some countries have created a petri dish for misinformation to spread.

Here are the 12 myths about the new coronavirus;

  1. Can Covid-19 be transmitted through goods produced in countries where there is an ongoing transmission?

    Although it can last on surfaces for many hours, the environment, transportation and varying temperatures during shipment make it difficult for the virus to remain active. If you feel the surface may be contaminated, clean it with a disinfectant and wash your hands after touching it.

  2. Can Covid-19 be transmitted through mosquitoes?

    There is no evidence that the novel coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquitoes. The virus can be spread through droplets from coughing, sneezing or a patient’s saliva.

  3. How can we be sure that our clothes don’t spread coronavirus 2019?

    Besides showering every day, wash your clothes using detergent or soap in 60-90 ํC water or add bleach. Dry the clothes in a high-temperature dryer or in the sun.

  4. Can drinking alcohol help prevent Covid-19?

    Drinking alcohol, such as beer, liquor, wine doesn’t help prevent coronavirus. You should wash your hands often, wear masks, and avoid being close to those with a fever and cough.

  5. Is it true that Covid-19 is transmitted in cold climates and not in hot and humid climates?

    Coronavirus 2019 can be transmitted in any kind of climate. Wherever you are, no matter what kind of climate, practice personal hygiene, I.e. wash your hands often, cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and wear masks.

  6. Can digital thermometers be 100% effective in detecting Covid-19 patients?

    It may take the virus 1-14 days to incubate and cause symptoms like fever, so it cannot be used to identify asymptomatic patients.

  7. Can UV bulbs used for disinfecting, used to kill Covid-19 on our body?

    Don’t use UV bulbs on your hands or any part of the body because UV light can irritate your skin.

  8. Can spraying alcohol or chlorine on your body kill the virus inside?

    Besides not being able to kill the virus inside your body, it could damage clothes and other tissues like eyes and lips.

  9. Can eating garlic prevent covid-19?

    Though garlic has some anti-microbial properties, there is no evidence that it can prevent Covid-19.

  10. Can Pneumonia vaccine prevent Covid-19?

    This virus is new and different from other strains. We need a vaccine that is developed specifically. The research team is working on this through the support of the WHO.

  11. Can rinsing your nose regularly with a saline solution prevent Covid-19?

    Evidence has shown that rinsing your nose with saline solution can help us recover faster from the common cold, but cannot prevent infectious respiratory diseases or Covid-19.

  12. Is there any drug that can prevent and treat Covid-19?

    At present, there is no drug that can prevent and treat the disease. Patients should receive proper and supportive care to ease the symptoms. WHO is speeding up research with all the partners to actively study the treatment for the disease.

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On this webpage, you can find information from WHO regarding the current outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) that was first reported on 31 December 2019, in Wuhan City, China. Click Here For the Latest Updates on Coronavirus in India.

Source: WHO

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