Sabina Saktaganova Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
As of now, there are not many people left who don’t know about the rapid growing rate of the coronavirus or Wuhan. Considering there is a growing concern about the global spread of this new virus, fears have led to a few misconceptions to spread online. Here are key myths and facts to know about the coronavirus:
- Myth: The coronavirus is the most dangerous virus that exists.
Fact: Although, the rapid spread of coronavirus may be terrifying, it is not the most threatening virus at the moment. The common flu kills 60 times more people annually than this new coronavirus.
- Myth: I will die if I am infected with the coronavirus.
Fact: Currently,only 2.09% of infected people have died because of the virus.
- Myth: I need to buy a hazmat suit, a n95 mask, and stay locked at home to stay protected.
Fact: Washing your hands often, sneezing not in hands, but elbows, and avoiding close contact with sick people is the best practice.
- Myth: The new coronavirus only affects older people.
Fact: People of all ages can be infected with the coronavirus. However, older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease) appear to be more likely to be affected with the virus. The WHO (World Health Organization) suggests these people should take all the necessary steps to protect themselves, such as following basic good respiratory hygiene and good hand hygiene.
- Myth: Coronavirus is in the air.
Fact: Germs don’t spread through the air. Actually, viruses spread through person to person interactions, specifically from droplets that come from a sneeze or a cough. Those droplets land on the surfaces, which can be touched by other people, who then touch their own eyes, noses, or mouths.
- Myth: We all need to panic and blame China for this emergency.
Fact: Racism creates even more panic and hysteria. Nothing justifies being rude to others.
- Myth: Pets at home can spread the new coronavirus.
Fact: As of now, there is no evidence of any animals at home have been infected with the coronavirus. However, it is always a good idea to be cautious and wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets.
- Myth: Antibiotics will treat Coronavirus.
Fact: The WHO has confirmed that antibiotics don’t cure viruses. Antibiotics can only treat bacteria. Corona is a virus and consequently, antibiotics won’t make a difference.
- Myth: Coronavirus can be spread through goods.
Fact: There has been no evidence that corona can be spread through items and goods.
- Myth: I should believe everything I read online about coronavirus.
Fact: Many social media sites, such as Instagram, Facebook, Tiktok, and many others have released a number of misleading information about the coronavirus. Make sure to always check for references and t reliable sources.