Educating ourselves on the correct information regarding COVID-19 is crucial to help fight the illness and spread further transmission and also panic. We know it’s hard for you to get correct information as there is rapidly changing information online. To help you, we have the latest updates for you, debunking some of the most common myths about the coronavirus.
I am coughing or sneezing. I must have coronavirus.
You can suspect to have coronavirus if you have symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, plus any of the below:
- Recent travel history abroad
- Close contact with a person who may have recently returned from abroad
- Visiting a healthcare facility or lab where coronavirus Patients are being cared for
Any face covering can protect me from COVID-19
According to the US Centers for Disease Control:
- It is recommended you wear a cloth face covering or homemade mask everytime you go out especially in public settings such as grocery stores or pharmacies
- Facemasks are in short supply and they should only be saved and worn by caregivers
My children are at high risk of getting COVID-19
Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date.
I can get coronavirus through food
No, there is no such evidence as of yet. Experience with other coronaviruses like SARS and MERS suggests that people do not get infected through food.
Eating chicken or eggs cause Coronavirus
No, there is no such evidence as of yet. The coronavirus is not known to spread directly through poultry products but experts say it can be a good option to have only properly cooked or well-done meat.
Warm weather stops the outbreak of COVID-19
It is not yet known whether weather and temperature impact the spread of COVID-19. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19, and investigations are ongoing.
Antibiotics help treat COVID-19
No, antibiotics do not work against viruses like COVID-19. They only work against bacteria. The new coronavirus is a virus and so antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.
Pneumonia vaccines protect against COVID-19
This is not true. Vaccines against pneumonia, or any other illness, do not provide protection against COVID-19.
COVID-19 can be transmitted through mosquito bites
To date, there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 can be transmitted by mosquitos.
Eating garlic helps prevent infection with the new coronavirus
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.
COVID-19 affects older people more than younger people
People of all ages can be infected by the coronavirus. 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.