Mythbusters: Covid Myths A Threat To Public Health

The unabashed dissemination of these materials has created a situation equally as dangerous as an epidemic.

With Covid-19 pandemic and uncertainty around, health as a subject has gained unprecedented attention from all quarters. With that misinformation and hoaxes have been spreading fast which can often lead to unwelcome consequences. The unabashed dissemination of these materials has created a situation equally as dangerous as an epidemic.

Below are some common doubts that revolve around the scenario of Covid-19 and facts that need to be known-

Q. Does exposing yourself to the sun or temperatures higher than 25°C protect you from Covid-19?

FACT: You can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. Countries with hot weather have reported cases of COVID-19. To protect yourself, make sure you clean your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

Q. Should you wear masks while exercising?

FACT: People should NOT wear masks when exercising, as masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably. Sweat can make the mask become wet more quickly which makes it difficult to breathe and promotes the growth of microorganisms. The important preventive measure during exercise is to maintain a physical distance of at least one meter from others.

Q. Should Ultra-violet (UV) lamps should be used to disinfect hands or other areas of your skin?

FACT: UV radiation can cause skin irritation and damage your eyes. Cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing your hands with soap and water are the most effective ways to remove the virus.

Q.Does Eating garlic prevent Covid?

FACT: Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.

Q. Is it safe to eat egg and meat, can it cause coronavirus?

FACT: The virus doesn’t spread through consumption of meat—chicken, mutton, egg or fish, and avoiding it doesn’t mean you will be safe. It can be spread when someone comes in contact with the respiratory droplets of an infected person. And the only way to prevent this is the regular use of hand sanitizers and social distancing.

Q. Can Covid-19 virus spread through mosquito bites?

FACT: To date, there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Also, avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.

Q. Does spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body can kill the new coronavirus?

FACT: No, spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body using can be harmful to your clothes, eyes, and mouth. It will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. They are useful to disinfect surfaces when used under appropriate recommendations.

Fact- What is most important to do at this time of the hour is to be safe and be updated with the sources that provide correct and relevant information regarding Covid-19.

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