The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an avalanche of false information. From conspiracy theories and rumors to myths surrounding its treatment – there are various misconceptions floating around on the internet. Such information often ends up causing increased panic and anxiety among people.
Here are some myths you should be aware of:
- Will a hot shower protect you from the novel coronavirus?
There is no scientific evidence to suggest the same. It might make you feel relaxed and refreshed, but it won’t have an impact on the virus.
- Does eating garlic prevent you from contracting COVID-19?
Even though garlic is known for its antimicrobial properties, there is no scientific evidence that indicates it can kill the novel coronavirus.
- Should you rinse your nose or throat with saline water to prevent catching the new coronavirus?
There is no scientific evidence to confirm that regularly rinsing your nose or throat with saline water can prevent respiratory infections.
- Should you use alcohol or chlorine to disinfect your body?
While both these substances are useful in disinfecting surfaces, they won’t kill viruses that haven’t entered your body. Moreover, spraying alcohol or chlorine on your skin can cause inflammation and rashes.
- Will regular antibiotics work against the novel coronavirus?
Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections. Since COVID-19 is a viral infection, such medicines won’t have any positive impact on it. However, if a COVID-19 positive patient is hospitalized, doctors might administer antibiotics to prevent secondary bacterial infection.
- Are ultraviolet lamps capable of killing the novel coronavirus?
No. Instead, disinfecting your hands under UV lamps can cause skin irritation.
Amidst the growing uncertainty of the pandemic, such myths will do more harm than good.
It’s essential to remember that the only way to protect yourself is to regularly wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. If you’re outside, you should sanitize your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub. Don’t touch your mouth, nose, and eyes with unclean hands. Most importantly, stay indoors and maintain social distancing.