A lot of information on COVID-19 is currently available on social media and other platforms. Additionally, we are all engaging daily with friends, family and colleagues on different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most of us may have come across several statements about COVID-19 that sounded strangely off- From outright denial of the COVID-19 pandemic to subtle misleading information. It is important that we guard against such misinformation. Such information can mislead others on correct COVID-19 prevention measures or cause a delay in seeking early professional assistance. Always verify the authenticity of such information from standard medical sources such as the WHO, CDC, UNON JMS Website amongst others. Below is a sample of false statements on COVID-19 with accompanying correct positions on the same:
- Cold weather and snow can kill the new coronavirus. (FALSE!)
- Cold weather will not kill the new coronavirus. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather.
- Drinking alcohol will protect me from catching COVID-19. (FALSE!)
- Drinking alcohol cannot protect you against COVID-19 infection. Use of Alcohol hand sanitizer Is not equivalent to drinking alcohol to prevent COVID-19 infection.
- Exposing yourself to the sun or high temperatures will prevent COVID-19 infection. (FALSE!)
- You can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. Countries with hot weather have reported cases of COVID-19.
- You shouldn’t step out of your house at all because the environment is full of virus causing COVID -19 (FALSE!)
- Stay home as much as possible to limit exposure to sick or pre-symptomatic individuals. If you need to step out of your residence remember to wear your face mask as per government requirement and practice social distancing. The virus spreads through aerosol transmission and close contact with people or items contaminated with virus causing COVID-19 infection.
- You don’t have COVID-19 Infection if you can hold your breath for 10 seconds or more. (FALSE!)
- The best way to confirm if you have the virus producing COVID-19 disease is with a laboratory test. You cannot confirm it with this breathing exercise, which can even be dangerous.
- The new coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquito bites. (FALSE!)
- To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes.
The listed myths are not exhaustive, but clearly point to the danger of diverting attention from correct COVID-19 prevention and mitigation measures. Remember to observe your health closely, connect with your loved ones and contact JMS Clinic for any concerns or queries.
Useful Links: WHO- Myth busters ; ;