Myths related to COVID-19 busted

Covid-19 has caused a global panic among people, and it has made clear it's going to stay with us for a long time, social media platforms are flooded with misinformation on the pandemic. Faheem Younus, Chief Quality Officer and Chief Of Infectious Diseases, University of Maryland UCH, took Twitter to break the most popular myths related to the virus and its spread.

MYTH 1: Coronavirus will go away in summer.

In response to this he tweeted, “Previous pandemics didn’t follow weather patterns plus as we enter summer, there will be winter in Southern Hemisphere. The virus is global."

MYTH 2: Due to the increase in mosquitoes in summer, the virus will spread more.

He proved the statement wrong and tweeted, “This infection is spread via respiratory droplets, not blood. Mosquitoes don’t increase the spread.”

MYTH 3: People who can hold their breath for 10 seconds without discomfort, don’t have the infection.

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“Most young patients with COVID will be able to hold their breadths for much longer than 10 seconds. And many others without the virus won’t be able to do so,” he tweeted.

MYTH 4: Coronavirus can be killed by drinking lots of water because it lives in throat and water can push it into the stomach where acids can kill it.

He said, “Virus may gain entry via throat but it penetrates into the host cells. You can’t wash it away. Excessive water will only make you go to the toilet.”

MYTH 5: People talked about social distancing as an overreaction and stated that the virus won’t cause much damage.

“If we don’t see many infections (I hope) it actually will prove that social distancing worked. Not that the virus was never a big deal,” he tweeted.

Also, that consumption of high-strength alcohol can kill the COVID-19 virus has been proved a dangerous myth by WHO. WHO stated, “Alcohol doesn’t protect against COVID-19 else alcohol is the most harmful thing for health. Consuming alcohol poses health risks, but consuming high strength ethyl alcohol (ethanol) particularly if it has proportions of methanol with it can result in severe health consequences, including death."

A panic prevailed among people of how would they wash vegetables and fruits brought from the market. This leads to people indulging in various methodologies such as washing vegetables with a sanitizer liquid or chemical soap or dilute bleach solution or vinegar will help to kill the contaminants. A senior virologist strictly stated on this fact, “People should not do this. It can be very dangerous.” He also warns that using chemicals and soaps do more harm than good. Moreover, washing vegetables in a trapped sink could be more dangerous as pathogens might be residing there produced due to the leftover food in the sink’s pipe and can contaminate the food.


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