Wuhan Coronavirus Myths Busted: Know Them To Stay Safe

The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has shaken the world and spread extreme terror. China’s death toll from the new coronavirus infection soared above 360 on Monday to surpass that resulting from the SARS outbreak in 2003. The virus has now spread to over 24 countries and the first death outside China due to the new coronavirus infection was reported in the Philippines on Saturday. A 44-year-old man visiting the Philippines from Wuhan, China, was the victim.  

Given the deadly nature of the infection and a large number of fatalities involved, it is not surprising that numerous rumors have surfaced explaining the nature of the disease, its causes, and cures. However, these must be ignored to avoid misinformed action against the viral infection. So, below are some of the common myths associated with the new coronavirus infection and the truths countering them:

Coronavirus Myths: Know Them To Avoid Panic And Stay Safe

 Myth: You cannot receive parcels and letters from China.

Truth: Yes, you can. Previous analysis suggests that coronavirus is unable to survive such long-distance journeys on non-living objects like packages and letters.

Myth: Pets at home spread the new coronavirus.

Truth: No evidence of the involvement of pets/companion animals in the spread of this infection is known to date.

Myth: Existing vaccines against pneumonia can protect against the new coronavirus.

Truth: At present, there is no vaccine to effectively counter the new coronavirus but scientists are working hard to develop one against the 2019-nCoV. Till then, prevention is the best method to avoid being infected by the deadly virus.

Myth: Antibiotics, herbal remedies, or other drugs can treat infection by the new coronavirus.

Truth: First of all, antibiotics can only treat bacterial infections and not viral ones. Antibiotics are only administered to treat co-infections with bacteria which happens in some cases. 

As of now, according to WHO, no specific medicine has been recommended to treat the new viral infection. WHO, however, mentioned that the infected individuals must receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms. Clinical trials for specific treatments are ongoing. WHO also suggests that everyone must maintain proper respiratory hygiene and food handling protocols to avoid exposure to the new virus.

Myth: Young, healthy individuals are not at risk.

Truth: People of all ages and health conditions can be infected by the virus. However, the severity of the disease might be determined by the age and pre-existing medical conditions of an individual. Those with diabetes, heart diseases, asthma, etc., might be more vulnerable to developing the more severe form of the disease after infection with the new coronavirus.

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