In the past three months, COVID-19 has been the most talked about topic in the world. Unfortunately, there has been much misinformation about the new virus. Geopolitics, for example, have shaped this conversation and therefore creating a fertile ground for myths and misinformation.
While Coronavirus is a relatively new disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been proactive in debunking myths about the virus. Here are the scientific facts about COVID-19 and the recommended ways to avoid new infections.
- COVID-19 is transmissible in humid and hot climates
The first cases of Coronavirus were in December 2019 — in Wuhan, China. Since it was in winter, many people presumed that the virus only survives in a cold and less humid climate. Unfortunately, recent studies show that the virus is also transmissible in humid and hot climates.
The main reason for this position is that regardless of the climate, the human body is continuously warm (36.5-37 °C). Therefore, a warm or humid climate does not affect the virus.
- Pneumonia vaccines do not protect against COVID-19
While Pneumonia and Coronavirus are both respiratory diseases, you cannot suppress the virus with the existing vaccines. This fact does not negate the importance of vaccines such as pneumococcal and Hib vaccines in preventing different types of pneumonia. The testing of the vaccine for the COVID-19 virus is still underway.
- In case of an infection, spraying chlorine or alcohol on your body does kill the virus
Although alcohol and chlorine are the primary disinfectors, you cannot use them as medical alternatives. The virus affects the respiratory system, and the best way to control and treat it is through medical procedures by trained and licensed medical professionals in your home country.
- Using saline to rinse your nose does not prevent infection
Currently, there is no correlation between saline and preventing Coronavirus. While saline can help you to recover from a common cold, it does not have any abilities to prevent Coronavirus. Fortunately, washing hands and keeping social distance minimizes the chance of infection.
- All people, regardless of their age are at risk of getting Coronavirus infection
Even though older people and those with a pre-existing medical condition are more vulnerable to the virus, all ages are at risk either directly or indirectly. Therefore, self-isolation, hygiene, and maintaining social distance applies to all ages.
- Mosquito bites cannot transmit Coronavirus
There is no piece of evidence linking mosquito bites to transmitting Coronavirus. As a respiratory disease, the virus is transmissible through bodily fluid droplets — from an infected person — through coughing or sneezing. While avoiding mosquito bites is vital for your health, you should protect yourself through maintaining social distance and washing your hands regularly.
- Hand dryers do not kill the Coronavirus
Using a hand dryer to disinfect your hands is not an effective way to keep yourself safe. However, cleaning your hands regularly with soap or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer kills the virus. After washing your hands, you can then use a hand dryer to dry your hands or use a paper towel.
- Can ultraviolent disinfection lamps replace soaps and hand sanitizers?
No. While the lamps can disinfect your hand from many viruses and bacteria, the World Health Organization discourages people from using them. They are bound to cause skin irritation. However, regular soap is highly effective and does not pose any danger to your skin.
- Can thermal scanners detect Coronavirus infection?
One of the symptoms of the new virus is a fever. Thermal scanners are efficient in scanning people with fevers. However, a person infected with the virus takes two or more days to develop a fever. Relying on the thermal scanners — as the only way to detect the virus — is not advisable.
- Does taking a hot bath shield you from getting a COVID-19 infection?
No. The survival of the virus depends on your body temperature, which is continuously at 36.5-37 °C. Extremely hot baths may result in burns. However, washing hands and self-isolation are ideal ways of preventing infections.
Although all the information about the COVID-19 is only three months old, the world has made huge progress in terms of understanding the virus. Even as the world tries to contain the spread of the virus, social isolation, maintaining social distance, and washing hands are the best ways to avoid being infected. Additionally, make sure you verify your information or tips and suggestions with what the World Health Organization (WHO) has advised.