13 Dangerous Myths About Coronavirus You Need to Know Now
Even as the coronavirus or COVID19 as it is officially known as is slowly stretching its tentacles across the world, there are several bogus articles doing the rounds claiming how you can protect yourself from the virus. The relentless flood of information is difficult to separate fact from fiction and in such a mammoth instance as a viral outbreak, misinformation and false claims can be dangerous which is why we decided to compile this set of myths about the coronavirus. Much if what you read here is information according to the guidelines of the World health Organization or WHO. Here are 12 myths about coronavirus you need to stop believing now.
1Myth: Face masks can protect you from the virus
No, they can’t! One of the reasons why face masks are useless is because of the hundreds of commercial masks flooding the market which are completely ineffective. Standard surgical masks are not effective against SARS-CoV-2. Moreover, masks can allow in air particles from the sides. However, face masks can help infected people contain the virus and not spread it further by blocking respiratory droplets that can be expelled from the mouth. In health facilities, staff have special N95 respirators that reduce the spread o the virus and it requires training to fit one properly. One needs to ensure no air can sneak around the edges.
2Myth: Hand dryers are effective in killing the new coronavirus
As per the WHO, hand dryers cannot kill nCOV-2019. The only way to protect yourself from the coronavirus is washing your hands with soap and water for 20-30 seconds or with an alcohol-based hand rub with 65-95% alcohol. Use paper towels or a warm dryer to dry your hands soon after.
3Myth: Ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill the new coronavirus
UV lamps can cause skin irritation because of the radiation which is why they shouldn’t be used for sterilization. Always follow the CDC or WHO guidelines in prevention of the virus and keeping yourself protected.
4Myth: Thermal scanners are effective in detecting infected people
Thermal scanners are not effective in detecting people who are infected with the coronavirus. They are only effective in detecting people with fever if they have just a higher body temperature above normal. The fever could be associated with the virus or some other underlying condition. They also can’t detect an infected person who has not developed any fever. It usually takes 2-10 days for an infected person to develop a fever.