Novel Coronavirus Myths: A forwarded WhatsApp message has gone viral for its specific claims regarding Novel Coronavirus COVID-19. It said that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India had released a notification that states if you hold your thirst and leave your throat dry, the Novel Coronavirus will invade you within 10 minutes. The message reads, infection with novel coronavirus covid-19:
“Most Urgent, Very Serious, Important Information.
Ministry of health’s emergency notification to the public that the Coronavirus influenza outbreak this time is extremely serious & fatal. There’s no cure once you are affected. It’s spreading from China to various countries.
Prevention method is to keep your throat moist, do not allow your throat to dry up. Therefore do not hold your thirst because once your membrane in your throat is dried, the virus will invade into your body within 10 minutes. Drink 50-80cc warm water, 30-50cc for kids, according to age. Every time you feel your throat is dry, conserve water in hand.
Do not drink plenty at one time as it doesn’t help, instead continue to keep throat moist. Till the end of March 2020, do not go to crowded places, always wear precisely a mask as needed, especially in trains or public transportation Avoid fried or spicy/oily food and load up on vitamin C. The symptoms/description are:-
- Repeated high fever.
- Prolonged coughing after mild fever.
- Children are prone.
- Mature adults usually feel uneasy, headache and mainly respiratory related.
- Highly contagious.
Please share if you genuinely care for human life.”
Novel Coronavirus Myths/Notions-1: Typically Wearing A Mask All The Time Will Protect Against Novel Coronavirus
Truth: Not everyone needs to use a mask. The WHO says that masks should be used exclusively if you are sick and exhibit symptoms like cough or difficulty breathing. However, if you’re fit and taking care of a person suspected of Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 infection, you must wear a mask.
Novel Coronavirus Myths/Notions-2: Receiving Packages/Letters From China Increases The Risk Of Infection
Truth: That’s not legitimate! It is prudent to receive letters or packages from China as the novel coronavirus does not survive long on objects, such as letters and packages.
Novel Coronavirus Myths/Notions-3: Gargling With A Mouthwash/Rinsing Your Nose With Saline Can Protect From The Coronavirus
Truth: No, there is no proof that gargling with mouthwash or regularly rinsing your nose with saline can protect from coronavirus infection or any other respiratory illnesses.
Novel Coronavirus Myths/Notions-4: Common Antibiotics Can Prevent And Treat The Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
Truth: Antibiotics do not work against viruses as they merely resist bacterial infections. Since the novel coronavirus is a virus, antibiotics will not remain an effective means of treatment.
Novel Coronavirus Myths/Notions-5: Applying Sesame Oil/Chlorine/Alcohol On The Body Kills The Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
Truth: No, applying any of these on the body won’t kill the novel coronavirus. In fact, using alcohol or chlorine on your body may harm your skin. However, you may use bleach or chlorine-based disinfectants to sanitize the surfaces.
Novel Coronavirus Myths/Notions-6: Consuming Garlic Can Prevent Infection With Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
Truth: Garlic is recognized to be packed with antimicrobial properties, however, there is no evidence that proves its ability to defend against the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19.
Nevertheless, still wondering how the untreatable infection with Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 spreads?
Prepare carefully, but definitely DON’T PANIC!