We should all be working together to stop the spread of rumors concerning the coronavirus outbreak. Daily news and media coverage are making us confused and frightened, but that is not the reason why we should engage in irrational behavior, panic, and spreading of false information.
Social media has proved to be a place where numerous rumors and myths spread the fastest, so try to remember to be extra careful. Take everything with a grain of salt, especially if it sounds too good to be true. Research and knowledge are your best friends in these situations, and knowing the difference between true and false when it comes to COVID-19 is incredibly important.
Vitamin C And Garlic Do Not Prevent Coronavirus Infection
Sure, Vitamin C is beneficial for our body, and garlic is tasty (we are sure some would disagree) and healthy food, but no research supports any significant correlation between their consummation and coronavirus.
However, there is no harm in consuming Vitamin C (in healthy doses) or eating garlic, so feel free to do so. For effective prevention of the virus, better stick to hand washing and not touching your face with dirty hands.
Holding Your Breath Will Not Reveal If You Have Covid-19
No, holding your breath for 10 seconds to see if you will feel uncomfortable, stiff, or if you will cough is not the right way to check if you have the coronavirus. We all know that social media is the perfect place for spreading rumors, and this self-check instruction is one of them. Any medical research does not support it, and many patients with COVID-19 will be able to hold their breaths for even longer periods despite having the virus.
Drinking Alcohol Does Not Minimize The Risk Of The Virus
Contrary to the popular belief and various Internet rumors, alcohol is beneficial only when it is used for sanitizing your hands and to disinfect household surfaces, not your throat. Unfortunately, this rumor made some people think they can protect themselves by drinking alcoholic beverages. The truth is that it does not work, and it can make you even more susceptible to the coronavirus, and compromise your immune system.
Hand Washing Is Important
This is one of the most important ways of prevention we have under our control. Hand washing is imperative and should be practiced as much as possible (soap and water for at least 20 seconds). It is especially crucial to wash your hands after any outside contact, after coughing or sneezing and during (and after) food preparation.
Ignaz Semmelweis, a Hungarian doctor, knew the importance of handwashing before anyone else, and it is a shame not many people listened to him when they had the chance. With handwashing, we can protect ourselves from the coronavirus and stop the spread of virus infections.
Coronavirus Does Not Spread From Pets To Humans
Even though some researches suggest that coronavirus might have animal origins (we all heard about the bats), there is no evidence to indicate that your cat or dog can spread the infection to you or your family.
It might be possible that they pick up virus particles, which can then be transmitted by immediate touching, but surfaces like pet fur are generally less likely to transmit viruses. Giving you pet a nice bath or cleaning their feet after a walk will suffice!
Some People Are At Higher Risk Of Serious Illness
Some people are indeed at higher risk of becoming ill from the virus. Even though the information about COVID-19 is still incomplete, the available information suggests that people of older age (65 and older) and people that already have medical conditions (heart conditions, lung disease) are more prone to complications and serious illness than others.
Nationality Does Not Matter
Coronavirus does not care about the color of your skin, your nationality, gender, or ethnicity. Human beings tend to act irrationally when they are scared and confronted with danger. That can sometimes result in prejudice and anger towards those who do not deserve it (social stigmatization of people of East Asian descent). COVID-19 can make anyone sick, and that is a fact.
About the Author
Antonia is a sociologist and an anglicist by education, but a writer and a behavior enthusiast by inclination. If she's not writing, editing or reading, you can usually find her snuggling with her huge dog or being obsessed with a new true-crime podcast. She also has a (questionably) healthy appreciation for avocados and Seinfeld.
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