2020-10-29

Myths about corona virus

By Rio Matro
As seen on the April 2020 issue of Philippine Tribune


The blame is on social media and by netizens who have nothing better to do. They have the luxury of time and are no better than vandals. These people achieve nothing except mislead the general public.

The following are NOT true and may do more harm than benefit:

Myth No. 1: Coronavirus dies in warmer weather
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that the virus can spread in all areas, regardless of climate and humidity. Therefore, whether it is summer or winter in Australia, the threat of corona virus remains. The same is true in the Philippines where climate is warmer and humidity is higher.

Myth No. 2: Mosquito bite can transmit the virus
The WHO also made an official statement that there is still no evidence linking the disease’s transmission through mosquito bites. The virus that causes COVID-19 is spread by small droplets of saliva or respiratory excretions by an infected person through coughing, sneezing or exhaling.

Myth No. 3: Younger age groups are safe from COVID-19
While it is true that older people with pre-existing health conditions are more vulnerable, there is no truth that the younger generation are safe from the virus. Such pre-existing conditions are asthma, diabetes or heart disease.

Myth No. 4: Hand dryers, ultraviolet lamp can kill the virus
Hand dryers or ultraviolet lamps are not advisable as tools in killing the virus, the WHO said. In fact, ultraviolet radiation can burn the skin or cause irritation. The WHO advised the public that the best way to protect oneself is by frequent washing of hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and the use of alcohol or alcohol-based sanitizers if hand-washing was not feasible.

Myth No. 5: Thermal scanners can detect presence of corona virus
The WHO clarified that thermal scanners can only detect fever, one of the symptoms of COVID-19. It cannot be used as an instrument to conclusively diagnose whether a person is positive or not.
Thermal scanners also cannot detect persons already infected with COVID-19 but have yet to show symptoms, like fever.

Myth No. 6: Use antibiotics to treat corona virus
The novel coronavirus is a virus. Antibiotics are useless against them. So far, there is also no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat COVID-19. Hospitals, may give antibiotics to those who were already infected by the virus because bacterial co-infection is also possible. (SOURCE: World Health Organisation)