As discussions and attention continue to surround the dreaded coronavirus, many myths have made it way to the society. Some of these myths are very misleading and dangerous. CheckingFact.com believes that the truth is very important in times like this, the reason we have researched and compiled this list of myths about coronavirus.
In a time of major outbreak like we currently have, the truth is very important. Lies can mislead people to either harm or expose themselves. Here are some popular myths about coronavirus.
1. Wearing Masks protect Everyone from coronavirus
This is one of the most popular myths about coronavirus. Just put on a mask and you will be safe from the virus. Masks do not protect everyone from the virus.
But masks can help people working with infected people. WHO recommends mask for people working with infected people or suspected patients.
The main work of a mask is to protect people from droplets. And coronavirus can be contacted via droplet. But the same way it can also be contacted through contacts with contaminated surfaces
It is also important to note that regular masks are not ideal. There are N95 that can be helpful and you need training in wearing it.
You can read: Does wearing a mask protect everyone from coronavirus?
2. Alcohol kills coronavirus
Alcohol doe snot kill coronavirus. The origin of this myth is a screenshot that claimed to be from CNN. But from our fact check, it is completely false and not from CNN.
Alcohol content can help in cleaning of hands as recommended by WHO.
Expert has said that alcohol cannot kill coronavirus that has entered the body.
You can read: Does alcohol kill coronavirus?
3. Pets such as Cats and Dogs may spread coronavirus
Verdict not accurate.
The WHO says says there is no evidence that cats or dogs can be infected, or spread the virus that causes COVID-19
4. Coronavirus was made in a lab
Verdict: No evidence
There is no evidence that suggests the COVID-19 was man made in a lab. Currently, the origins of the novel virus remain unknown.
5. Being infected with coronavirus is like a death sentence
Verdict: Not accurate
While there is no known cure currently for COVID-19, the mortality rate from the virus so far is below 5%. About 81% of the cases are mild cases. Over 40, 000 people have completely recovered. You can follow the live statistics at Worldmeter
6. Is there a cure for Coronavirus?
There is no known cure for coronavirus at this time. There are some drugs that are being tested but currently, there is no known FDA cure.
7. Coronavirus can kill more people than flu.
Verdict: Not accurate
The virus is new while flu has been here for ages. But how do they compare? Dr. Janette Nesheiwat, an emergency medicine doctor and the medical director for City MD in an interview with NBC said:
“Right now, the flu kills thousands of people in this country, an estimate 40,000-60,000 a year, and it effects around 30 million Americans every year, with over a quarter of a million hospitalizations. They’re both highly infectious, highly contagious viruses, it just depends on what part of the world you are in. In this country, more people are dying from influenza A and influenza B than any other virus.”
8. Is it safe to receive a letter or a package from China?
Verdict: Yes it is safe
It is very safe to receive packages from China. The World Health Organization (WHO) says:
Yes, it is safe. People receiving packages from China are not at risk of contracting the new coronavirus. From previous analysis, we know coronaviruses do not survive long on objects, such as letters or packages.
9. Eating garlic can protect you from being infected with coronavirus
Verdict: No evidence
There is no evidence that eating garlic can protect people from Coronavirus. This is what WHO says:
Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.
10. Coronavirus only infected older people or coronavirus cannot infect children
Verdict: Not true
It is not true. Everyone is at risk. This is is what WHO says on this:
People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.