COVID-19 Myths Busted: What You Need to Know
The pandemic of COVID-19 has spread to all over the world. As COVID-19 information can be overwhelming, lots of false or misleading info about coronavirus has too spread on the internet.
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As easy as you find any information about the disease on the internet, there are plenty of COVID-19 myths that you need to ignore.
1. Cloth Mask Doesn’t Work in Containing COVID-19
When COVID-19 first emerging, health officials like WHO and CDC suggested wearing a mask for people who are sick and people in front lines. But the recent recommendation from WHO as well as UAE health officials tell everyone should wear a mask when going out.
Since the frontliners need medical masks the most, it is advised if people use cloth masks when going out. Even if the probability it can protect you from droplets is only 70%, but it is still a better option than wearing nothing.
Cloth mask can capture droplets, which is the main transmission route for COVID-19 spread. New research found that many positive patients of COVID-19 shown no symptoms.
So, wearing a mask whenever you are outside is decreasing the chance of yourself getting the virus, but remember to keep the minimum distance of 6 feet, 2 metres.
2. It Only Infects The Elderly
This virus knows no age or gender. Everyone can catch this virus, both elderly and youngsters. There were COVID-19 cases involved a newborn, as well as teenagers. Most of the elderly who have underlying health conditions have a higher chance of getting serious complications that will sadly lead to death.
But for people with no health condition will not become critically ill from this virus. Following quarantine instruction as well as taking the best precautions is important to protect the most vulnerable to COVID-19 in our society and stop the spread of this virus faster or at least help the health professionals to curb this disease.
3. COVID-19 is Airborne
No, COVID-19 is not airborne. WHO has explained this. The virus is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air. They quickly fall on floors or surfaces.
You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within 1 metre of a person who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.
To protect yourself, keep at least 1 metre distance from others and disinfect surfaces that are touched frequently. Regularly clean your hands thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
4. COVID-19 Vaccine Will be Ready in a few Months
Scientists from all over the world have worked relentlessly to develop the vaccine for COVID-19. The development is still continuing, with several teams now testing candidates of vaccine to people.
However, it takes lengthy incremental trials to ensure all side-effects. So, a commercially available COVID-19 vaccine will take some time.
5. Drinking Alcohol Will Kill The Virus
No, it is completely wrong. Frequent or excessive alcohol consumption can increase your risk of other serious health problems.
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