Common Myths Fueling The Coronavirus Scare

The novel Coronavirus pandemic is currently put the whole world at a virtual standstill. With infections seen to increase all over the world, it seems that this may continue to be a grave concern for the entire planet for many months to come. One problem is that there is no cure yet for the disease that this virus can cause. Not only that, there is no vaccine yet available to prevent healthy people from contracting it. To make matters worse, there are myths about the coronavirus circulating that may misinform a lot of people and putting them at a higher risk. Here are just some of them.

Myth 1: Alcohol and other disinfectants can prevent infections.

Many people are spraying alcohol or using sanitizers more frequently than before believing that it can help protect them from infections. But the fact of the matter is that disinfectants can only go so far as protecting you from virus transmission. By disinfecting your hands, you are simply avoiding the virus from spreading via your hands or even infected surfaces. But it will not protect you from getting infected especially if you are in an enclosed space filled with people who might be possible carriers of the virus. A cough or sneeze from an infected person may release the virus via droplets which can then stick to other people nearby. Once the virus enters into your mucus membranes via your nose, mouth or eyes, then you have the risk of getting infected, even if you have previously used alcohol or disinfectants prior to entering the room.

Myth 2: A medicine is available to treat coronavirus.   

People may have heard somewhere that there are now medicines available to combat the pandemic. While this may keep people’s hopes up that the end to this nightmare is in sight, it is unfortunately not true. There are promising drugs that are currently being tested to fight off the coronavirus pandemic. But they still remain in the clinical testing stage where researchers are still trying to determine how effective they are in treating the infection. These drugs are not yet approved by the FDA as accepted treatments for coronavirus infections. Unless they reach this stage, these drugs remain unofficial and even unproven.

Myth 3: Wearing a surgical mask can protect you from a coronavirus infection.

Like the use of alcohol and disinfectants, wearing a surgical mask will not entirely protect you from getting infected. It will reduce the level of virus transmission though. It does so by providing a protective barrier that will prevent the virus from entering your nose or mouth. It can also help prevent the virus from being transmitted to a certain degree since it stops the droplets from spreading into a person’s immediate space, especially when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

 

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