Coronaviruses are a type of virus with multiple forms. A newly identified type of coronavirus, COVID-19 has emerged from China and is causing a global outbreak of respiratory illness. COVID-19 has flu-like that symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, and fatigue. COVID-19 cases have ranged from mild to fatal. COVID-19 can be deadly and should be taken seriously as exhibited by governments around the world. The United States has even shut down many non-essential businesses and schools so the masses can properly quarantine to slow down and contain the spread of the virus. Amidst the suddenness and confusion surrounding COVID-19, many myths and falsehoods have been popularized that do not contribute to reducing the spread of COVID-19. These myths have no basis in scientific research and appear to be casual assumptions/statements to give people the freedom to ignore proper precautions. To present some clarity to the situation, here are 20 facts currently known about COVID-19.
- Applying alcohol or chlorine to the skin will not kill COVID-19.
- Any person of any age can contract COVID-19, not just the elderly. Children are not immune.
- COVID-19 is not just the flu or cold. Estimates are still being done, but it is currently believed that the mortality rate of COVID-19 is many times higher than the seasonal flu.
- Everyone with COVID-19 does not die. Estimates of mortality are about 1-3%. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 80.9% of COVID-19 cases were mild. It has been reported by the WHO that about 80% of people will contract a mild form of the virus which may go unnoticed.
- Although COVID-19 is believed to have originated in bats, it is primarily spread from human to human. Animals, such as cats and dogs, are not known to spread COVID-19.
- Face masks do not prevent COVID-19. Professional face masks are designed to aid in protecting against infection. Disposable face masks do not offer the same protection. Disposable facemasks do not fit tightly enough around the face, so droplets can still enter the mouth and nose. Viral particles can still penetrate the material. Wearing a facemask potentially aids in protecting others from oneself.
- Hand dryers do not kill COVID-19. Please wash your hands. Use hand sanitizer.
- Any amount of time exposed to COVID-19 puts you at risk. Some people believe it takes at least 10 minutes to contract coronavirus.
- There is no evidence that saline nose rinsing protects against COVID-19.
- Gargling bleach does not protect against COVID-19. There are no situations where gargling bleach will be beneficial.
- Antibiotics cannot kill coronavirus. Antibiotics only kill bacteria.
- Thermal scanners cannot detect COVID-19, although they can detect fever.
- Garlic does not prevent COVID-19. Garlic is suggested to slow the growth of some bacteria, but COVID-19 is a virus.
- Packages from China are not spreading COVID-19. Scientists currently believe the virus cannot survive on surfaces for an extended time.
- Home remedies cannot protect against COVID-19. Vitamin C, essential oils, sesame oil, and garlic are all fine to take, but they won’t prevent coronavirus.
- You cannot contract COVID-19 from eating Chinese food in the US.
- COVID-19 is not the deadliest virus ever known. Ebola has higher mortality rates.
- Flu and pneumonia vaccines do not protect against COVID-19. There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.
- There is no evidence that COVID-19 is man-made or that it originates from a laboratory in China.
- All Chinese individuals do not have COVID-19. It should not be assumed that all Chinese or Asian individuals have COVID-19 just because it originated in China.
COVID-19 is dangerous and should not be taken lightly. Take heed to the recommendations from professionals about the proper methods to protect against COVID-19. Keep your hands washed and sanitized. Do not make excuses for not staying safe just to take a cheap flight or cruise. This is a collective effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.
This post was written by Clinton Williams, Staff Writer at J.D. Scribes.