7 Coronavirus Myths Busted

Social media platforms and news articles are flooding the internet with numerous headlines related to the Coronavirus outbreak, as the virus continues to break the news for about four months. Sadly, the relentless amount of information makes it difficult for people to differentiate facts from fiction. With the outrageous rumors and misinformation spreading around the world, the wrong information is getting to people faster than the virus. All this misinformation is misleading people and creating more fear than awareness among them.
Coronavirus Myths, Coronavirus Facts

Here in the Daily Health News English, We compiled a list of coronavirus myths that are spreading through means of social media, blogs, and the internet. 

# Myth 1: Spraying Alcohol or Chlorine on your body will kill the virus.

Instead of killing the virus, rubbing alcohol or chlorine on your body can cause harm. Especially if the skin is bruised or cut or if it enters the mouth or eyes. Though, you can use chlorine or alcohol-based sanitizers to disinfect the surface or your premises. You should avoid using it on your skin. These liquids cannot kill deadly viruses.

# Myth 2: Face Masks can Protect you from the Virus

Face masks are not designed to lay flush to the face and block out the viral particles. Therefore, they do not protect you from getting the infection though they prevent the infected person from spreading the virus through the respiratory droplets by blocking them. However, there are unique respiratory masks called N95 that can significantly reduce the spread of the virus, but they need proper training for ordinary people to wear it appropriately.

# Myth 3: Coronavirus is just like Common Flu

COVID-19 does have symptoms like common cold and flu, but it is a more pressing concern. Both influenza and Coronavirus can be severe or mild and, in rare cases, deadly. More importantly, COVID-19 does not have any vaccine yet as it is a new virus spread in humans and will take years to prepare the vaccine. The virus is contagious and creating panic in people because it is spreading massively around the world, and there is no cure to it.

# Myth 4: Cats and Dogs Spread the Virus

Factually, there is some evidence stating that Coronavirus can infect dogs and cats too. However, in a case in Hong Kong, where the owner of a Pomeranian was diagnosed with COVID-19, his dog developed no symptoms of being infected. Many doctors and scientists are still debating on the fact, but there is no need to panic as the real driver of the spread is humans.

# Myth 5: Thermal Scanners can Detect the Virus

Thermal scanners are used to detect if someone is suffering from a fever or not. But not particularly COVID-19. Though, the infected person should have a fever as a symptom of the virus, but so does seasonal flu. Besides, an infected person generally shows signs of Coronavirus in two-ten days, which means the infected person can have a normal body temperature before a fever begins after being infected.

# Myth 6: Parcels from China can spread the Coronavirus

The virus cannot survive on packages and papers for an extended period. Even according to the World Health Organization, it is safer to receive letters or packages from China, and they cannot harm. The virus needs a combination of specific conditions to remain viable, including Lack of humidity, UV exposure, and temperature. The virus won't get this perfect combination in packages for staying viable. Therefore, there is minimal to low risk of getting infected from products shipped from China over several days at ambient temperatures.

# Myth 7: Getting the Coronavirus is a death sentence

That is not completely true. According to the statistics shown in daily health news in English, around 80% of people who are infected have mild cases, and about 13.7% of people reported severe illness. People who are in critical condition are about 4.7%. The data further states that the mortality rate is only 2.3% of people infected with COVID-19.

Do not believe everything you read on social media if you are getting confused with the misleading information. Check reliable websites on the internet for more information. Be informed, be cautions. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy!

Author’s Bio: Vaibhav Sharma is a digital marketing expert by day and writer by night. He is a project manager at True Scoop News who specializes in blogging, article and copywriting. He loves to write technology related articles, entertainment blogs, the latest national news in English and Punjabi and tutorials as long as there is a bit of information technology.