Causing a serious global concern, coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has claimed the lives of 3,119 people in China, which is the epicenter of the virus. In India, 40 confirmed cases of the coronavirus infection have been reported until now. The increasing number of fatalities due to the viral infection has created a world-wide fear amongst people. You can get this highly communicable disease after coming in contact with COVID-19 patients directly or indirectly. More than the risk and severity of the infection, the misinformation surrounding it has created the havoc. That is the reason, WHO’s Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “We are not just fighting an epidemic; we are fighting an infodemic.” Here we bust some of the most common myths surrounding coronavirus disease. Also Read - Trending News Today March 09, 2020: Ran Out of Loo Paper? Australian Newspaper Prints Toilet Paper Amid Coronavirus Scare | Watch
Myth 1: Extremely cold weather can kill the novel coronavirus.
Fact: This is absolutely false. Temperature doesn’t have any effect on the novel coronavirus. You can reduce your risk of getting the infection only by maintaining hygiene and keeping a distance from sick people. Also Read - Coronavirus: Air Force C-17 Globemaster Departs to Bring Back Stranded Indians From Iran | Highlights
Myth 2: Taking a hot bath can prevent coronavirus disease.
Fact: Your body temperature will remain approximately 36.5°C to 37°C even if you take a hot bath. You can only harm yourself by opting for a hot shower. If you really wish to protect yourself, clean your hands as frequently as you can. Also Read - Arunachal Man Booked for Spreading Rumours About Coronavirus on Social Media
Myth 3: The novel coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquito bites.
Fact: There is no evidence that suggests this. The novel coronavirus is a respiratory virus that spreads through droplets of nose discharge or saliva of infected patients.
Myth 4: Eating garlic can prevent coronavirus infection.
Fact: Though garlic is used for medicinal purposes, it doesn’t have any role in the prevention of coronavirus disease.
Myth 5: Antibiotics can be effective in fighting against new coronavirus.
Fact: Antibiotics work against bacterial infections only. It cannot prevent viral diseases like new coronavirus (2019-nCoV).