5 Things We Got Wrong About Coronavirus

5 Things We Got Wrong About Coronavirus



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By Anushka

Coronavirus aka COVID-19 is currently the one single reason why we are cooped up in our homes and why everything in the world is a complete mess. As of March 25th, WHO statistics show that there are 413,467 cases of people tested positive for coronavirus. There have already been 18,433 deaths with 196 countries and regions already affected around the globe. In such a horrible situation, one thing that becomes mandatory is to get the facts. Only then can we fight this war. 

So, here I bring to you the 5 things that we have got wrong about Coronavirus. You need to know these and take the right precautions. WhatsApp University and a lot of other platforms have become a medium to pass on myths about coronavirus and only facts can help us correct this misinformation.   

It’s a virus, not a bacterium

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The virus isn’t considered a living organism; it needs a host to survive. While bacteria are considered living organisms. Diseases like food poisoning and pneumonia are bacteria-induced diseases. On the other hand, diseases like AIDS and chickenpox are virus-induced diseases. 

So, the first myth we burst for you is that coronavirus is a bacterium. In truth, it is a virus and neither antibiotics are not helpful to fight it nor is cow urine. Antibiotics help kill bacteria and not a virus. One thing you can do is take care of yourself and distance yourself from others.  



Coronavirus is for every age group

Since the old seems more vulnerable to coronavirus, another myth that has been cultivated quite quickly is that the old people get infected by COVID-19 and younger age groups are safe. 

The truth? Every age group is vulnerable to getting infected from the corona. 

A lot of younger people have been infected and there is no alternative but to practice social distancing and practicing proper hygiene to fight this infection. 

One truth to all this is that senior citizens and people with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of falling severely sick. 


Corona doesn’t discriminate between hot and cold 

COVID-19 doesn’t differ based on hot or cold weather. Any region is equally vulnerable to getting the infection. This BBC article dives deep into this question. Though the outbreak indeed happened in relatively cooler regions, experts have warned quite strongly about this particular virus not being seasonal.

Studies are focusing on the impact of weather on corona and hopefully, we will be better able to solidify this statement but for now, the outbreak doesn’t lighten with the hot weather. 

As long as we are on uncertain grounds, we have to consider that hot weather or not, we need to take precautions and stay safe. 


Hot baths help us relax but it doesn’t beat coronavirus

Do you enjoy a good hot bath after a long tiring day? I know I do. It sounds even better after a long, slow day in this quarantine. But here’s a myth for you – having a hot bath can help prevent this infection. Though it would help you with maintaining hygiene, it won’t prevent you from the virus itself. 

It is a communicable disease that you can protect yourself from by washing your hands at regular intervals. Also, by avoiding touching your face as much as possible. I do, however, strongly recommend hot showers and baths to relax those tired and dying-to-get-out-of-the-house muscles.

  

Thermal scanners can’t test you for coronavirus

Thermal scanners being used at airports and the main gate of your society, yeah, those weird looking machines – those help you measure your temperature. Something you will use to check if you have got a fever. These scanners cannot test you for corona. 

You can say that one of the symptoms of COVID-19 is to have a fever; So, no fever means no coronavirus. Unfortunately, after getting infected it takes 2-14 days for people to show symptoms. It is also the reason why social distancing is such a vital solution to fight corona. 

You can’t say for sure who is infected and who is not and to keep yourself, your family, and your society safe, you need to take the right precautions. 

It is important that you not only know the correct information but also to tell everyone around you about the same. Only trust the most reliable sources out there – the official WHO website or CDC website for example. It is also crucial that you stay updated, respect the lockdown, and maintain as much composure as possible. 

Be safe!


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