On 11th March 2020 WHO declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, the disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The outbreak was first witnessed in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. This deadly virus has killed almost 316k people till now. This has created hype throughout the globe. However, mankind has faced more devastating pandemics like the black plague in the 14th century which in span of 4 years killed almost 150 million people and yes who can forget the Spanish flu pandemic which ate almost 50 million people during the 20th century. With the coronavirus in the air people have shared their assumptions and many of which are narrated without any references, resulting in myths. In this article, we have mentioned references, where we felt are necessary. Where the virus is spreading its spikes, the rumors regarding virus are also making their marks. Making it quite difficult to choose between the truth and fiction and during this outbreak, misinformation can be dangerous and can lead to disastrous conditions as there is already so much chaos around the globe. so let’s start discussing the common misconceptions which are aired by people.
1. Only people with symptoms can spread the virus?
The incubation period of coronavirus is from 2-14 days which means it takes almost 2-14 days for symptoms to appear after infected by the virus. However, some people remain asymptomatic or mild symptomatic and can still shed virus by touching other surfaces or by spitting and thus leading to transmission. Thus it can be assumed that it can pass from asymptomatic patients too. Isliye satark rahen !
2.Transmission through uncooked food?
According to the CDC, there is no such evidence of transmitting the virus through uncooked meat or pork or other. Thus, the myth related to uncooked food doesn’t stand. However, cooking food (completely) is better as you will be prevented from other diseases like food poisoning. Try to deep fry everything you eat as shallow fry can sometimes make you sick.
3. Eating garlic or vitamin C can be helpful?
Garlic and Vitamin C are healthy and can boost our immune system but according to WHO, no evidence from the current outbreak has been found that eating garlic or taking Vit C can prevent coronavirus. Thus, eating garlic and Vit C can make you immune but it is not 100% guaranteed that it may save you from COVID-19.
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4. Regularly rinsing nose or taking antibiotics?
According to WHO, regularly rinsing the nose with saline water has not been helpful in treating coronavirus. However, to some extent it might help as bacteria can be killed by saline water
Coming on the use of antibiotics against COVID-19, COVID-19 is a viral disease which means it is caused by a virus, and antibiotics do not work against viruses, they only work against bacteria. So it’s better not to take antibiotics as antibiotics are produced to jam the replication of bacteria.
5. Can flu and coronavirus occur at the same time?
Yes, Flu and coronavirus can occur at the same time, the best way to diagnose and differentiate coronavirus from flu is to look for breathlessness as breathlessness is considered the hallmark of COVID-19, dry cough is also a diagnostic feature of COVID-19. However Sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, wet cough with phlegm (بلگم) are more common symptoms of flu and allergy. It is more probable now that you can differentiate between flu and COVID-19.
6. Flu is more contagious-myth of coronavirus
It’s been a matter of debate when we compare flu and COVID-19 and as the death toll comes into play flu has caused more deaths than COVID-19. However, everyone might be thinking the flu is more contagious i.e it can spread quickly, right? A BIG NO! corona is more contagious as flu infects about 1.28 other people, but novel coronavirus can infect about 2-3 people. The rate of corona infected patients is increasing because the corona is way more contagious. Thus, take preventive measures where necessary.
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7. Can pets transmit corona?
According to WHO, companion animals/pets cannot transfer the virus. Because the virus is more commonly transmitted by cough and eye contact which is rarely seen in animals. however, animals/pets are suggested to stay away from humans :p
8. children cannot get COVID-19-myth of coronavirus
Coming on the facts, WHO has announced that all age groups are at risk of getting the infection. However, it has been seen that the symptoms diagnosed in children are less severe than other age groups.
9. All face masks can protect us against the virus
All face masks cannot protect against the virus. CDC recommends that all people wear cloth face masks in public places where it is difficult to maintain distance. This will help slow the spread of the virus from asymptomatic people and those who do not know that they have contracted it.
10. Thermal detectors can diagnose the virus
Thermal detectors are built to check the temp they are not built to check the virus. As corona patients tend to carry fever along with them, health care providers use detectors to check the temperature.
11. God will save us even if we don’t take precautions?
I’ve seen people saying Allah will save us without taking any precautionary measures. SO PITY OF THEM! it is our duty to take preventive measures and should stand with others to fight with this pandemic.
Fortunately, I was scrolling my WhatsApp feed and I saw this beautiful hadith.
One day, Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) noticed a Bedouin man leaving his camel without tying it. He asked the Bedouin, “Why don’t you tie down your camel?” The Bedouin replied, “I put my trust in God.” The Prophet then said, “Tie your camel first, then put your trust in God.”
We hope the article would have helped you and we also hope that you will take preventive measures for your health. Drop the comment below if you have any question or want to suggest anything, we are open for all. Thanks