June 6, 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 – Myth busters and basic measures for protection

Coronaviruses belong to a large family of viruses which may lead to illnesses in humans, animals and also lead to severe illnesses like SARS and MERS. As per what the World Health Organization has to say, the spread of Coronavirus is almost like flu. When a person exhales or coughs, they release drops of fluid that contain the infection and this can infect another person who comes in touch with him. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and WHO have made a list of several actions that people can take to keep the virus from spreading.

COVID-19 myth busters you should know of

  • Coronavirus can’t be killed by snow and cold weather

If you thought that cold weather has the power to kill diseases related to this virus and the virus itself, you’re wrong. The temperature of human body usually remains around 36.5 degree C to 37 degree C, irrespective of other weather conditions or external temperature. The best way of safeguarding yourself from the new Coronavirus is by cleaning your hands often with an alcohol-based hand wash after rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds.

  • You can’t prevent Coronavirus from spreading by taking a hot bath

No, if you take a hot bath, that won’t give you a guarantee of not being affected by COVID-19. Bathing in hot water can actually get harmful for you as you may burn yourself. Hence, the best way in which you can protect yourself against this virus is by cleaning your hands often. Eliminate viruses and avert chances of being infected through your mouth, eyes and nose.

  • Coronavirus can’t be spread through goods produced in China

Although the Coronavirus may stay on surfaces for several hours and days, yet it is highly unlikely that the virus will remain on the surface even after traveling or moving or being exposed to different temperatures and conditions. In case you suspect a place to be contaminated, clean it with the use of a disinfectant and don’t forget to wash your hands with an alcohol-based hand wash.

  • Mosquito bites can’t affect you with Coronavirus

Till date, there’s no organization that has suggested that Coronavirus could be spread through mosquito bites. It is actually a respiratory virus that generally spreads when the droplets of cough or sneeze generated by an infected person reaches another person. Hence, this has got no relation with mosquito bites.

Face masks – Do they offer you iron-clad guarantee that you won’t be affected?

No, not really as tiny viral particles like aerosols could even penetrate masks. However masks can be effective in capturing the infected droplets and prevent transmission of the virus. So, if there are chances of you being in close contact with a person who is already showing symptoms of Coronavirus, wearing a mask can not only protect you but others as well. Masks can be crucial for social care workers who take care of sick patients.

Therefore, those who have already been infected with the Coronavirus should get proper care to treat and relieve symptoms of this illness. WHO is also assisting in facilitating development and research with a wide range of partners.

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