There are so many myths out there about Coronavirus, we don’t know which ones to believe. The World Health Organization listed 15 of them and told us why they are not true.
1 – Hand dryers do not kill Coronavirus. However, washing your hands does. Then when you are done, dry them with a paper towel or a warm air dryer.
2 – Ultraviolet disinfection lamps do not kill it either. They can help to kill it on surfaces, but not our skin. In fact, it can cause skin irritation.
3 – Thermal scanners do not detect it. They detect fevers that can be caused by a variety of other things.
4 – Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body does not kill it. However, it can ruin your clothes or be harmful to your mucous membranes.
5 – You cannot get it from a package or letter that comes from China. WHO says, “From previous analysis, we know coronaviruses do not survive long on objects, such as letters or packages.”
6 – Pets do not spread COVID-19. While they can spread other Coronaviruses, there is no evidence that they can spread this one. Thus, you can pick up your pet and give then a kiss. That is if they will let you kiss them. Cat owners know what I tam talking about.
7 – Pneumonia vaccines do not protect you from it. At the current time, there is no vaccine for it. However, WHO suggests getting vaccines to protect you from other things like the flu.
8 – Rinsing your nose with saline does not get rid of it. While it will help with a cold, it will not work on Coronavirus that is a respiratory illness.
9 – Eating raw garlic does not prevent it. If you do eat raw garlic, then it will make more than your breath smell. Whether you are with someone or by yourself, you don’t want to smell like garlic. Trust me on this one.
10 – Slathering yourself with Sesame Oil will not protect you from it. It will make you look like you got slimed by some creature in a horror movie or a low budget stripper. No offense to low budget strippers.
11 – Coronavirus does not affect only affect older people. Older people and people will pre-existing conditions have a higher risk of dying from it, but they are not the only ones who get it. About 40% of the people hospitalized with it are between the ages of 20-54 according to The NY Times.
12 – Antibiotics do not work on it. COVID-19 is a virus, and the drugs only work on bacterial infections.
13 – Climate conditions do not determine where the virus is transmitted. Touching your face after touching something that it is on will transmit it.
14 – Taking warm baths do not prevent it, but it will relax you. Get a bath bomb, some candles, a nice glass of wine and let your troubles float away for a while.
15 – Mosquitoes are not carriers. Although, their bites will still make you itch.
If something sounds too good to be true, then chances are it is. Stay safe, avoid people, wash your hands and don’t touch your face.