coronavirus myths
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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has become one of the most talked-about topics around the world.

Be it on social media or word of mouth; it has everyone talking. Unfortunately, most of the information available online is not authentic.

Several articles and other information are surrounding it that has no verification. The World Health Organization (WHO) has shared several COVID-19 myths that need some busting!

Myth #1 – COVID-19 is a Bacteria

This is false. Coronavirus is not a bacteria; it’s a virus that belongs to a virus family called Coronaviridae.

However, a sick individual who has been infected by COVID-19 may develop a bacterial infection due to complications.

Another point that needs to be highlighted here is that antibiotics don”t work against viruses which is why it is essential no one self-medicates.

Myth #2 – 5G Causes the Spread of COVID-19

This is yet again, false. Viruses are not capable of being able to be transferred from one place to another via radio waves or signals.

COVID-19 has a firm grip over several countries who have reported a massive number of cases but don’t even have 5G technology!

The truth is that COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets from when an infected person someone sneezes, coughs, or talks.

It is also possible to catch the Virus after touching a contaminated surface.

Myth #3 – You Can Confirm if you have the Virus Doing the 10-Second Test

When the spread of COVID-19 first started in Pakistan towards the end of February, social media was full of several self-conducting tests and home remedies that can detect/cure the Virus.

The truth is that holding your breath for 10-seconds without feeling discomfort will not confirm whether or not you have the Virus. The only way to know is by an authentic test done by the testing-kit in a lab.

Myth #4 – Taking a Hot Bath or Drinking Hot Water will Prevent Coronavirus

Nor taking a hot bath or drinking warm water will help prevent the Virus from attacking a body.

Taking a scorching shower can be harmful as you may end up sustaining burns or get dehydrated in the shower.

The best preventive measures one can take against the Virus is to stay away from large crowds, frequently wash hands, and wear masks to prevent your hands from touching your mouth/face.

Myth #5 – Coronavirus Only Affects Older People & Younger People Always Recover

COVID-19 doesn’t have anything to do with whether you are old or young. Anyone anywhere can catch this Virus, even newborns.

However, when it comes to recovering, younger bodies have a better working immune system and metabolism, which helps them improve faster compared to older individuals and younger children.

On the other hand, those with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the Virus.

This is why such individuals are requested to stay indoors as much as possible to avoid the transmission of the Virus as it can be fatal.

These are just a handful of myths surrounding the Virus. There are several more!

Which myths have you recently busted? Share them with us in the comments below.

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