Guwahati: As coronavirus continues to grab headlines every day, it brings along with it a plethora of information and misinformation. Ever since the word pandemic hit the screens of our smartphones, tablets or television sets, many started to dismiss their rational side and became fearful. This fear in turn led to the belief in a lot of misinformation and rumours.
Hence, it is high time to address some of these myths and conspiracies that are currently circulating on social media, and the facts that dispel them.
Hot bath treatment: Regardless of what you have been hearing so far and even practising it maybe, taking a hot bath does not prevent coronavirus disease. Your normal body temperature remains around 36.5 degrees C to 37 degrees C, regardless of the temperature of your bath. The best way to prevent these diseases is by frequently cleaning your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Alcohol spray on the skin: Spraying alcohol or chlorine on your skin for a matter of fact will not kill the disease that has already entered your body. Also, neither does the consumption of alcohol. However, both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces (under appropriate recommendations).
Older people are at risk: Although older people with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease appear to be more vulnerable to becoming ill, WHO states that people of all ages can be affected and hence should follow good hygiene nonetheless.
Everyone dies: Everyone with COVID-19 dies is just another one of those rumours that have sent people into a panic mode. This statement, however, is untrue.
Antibiotics into effect: Antibiotics as a whole do not work against viruses. As the name itself suggests, it works against only bacteria. Since COVID-19 is a virus, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment. However, if you are hospitalised then you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.
Humid or cold climate to the rescue: From the evidence so far, COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in all areas. Regardless of the climate or wherever you live, always adopt the protective measures.
Medicines to treat coronavirus: To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Those infected with the virus should, however, receive appropriate care to relieve and treat these symptoms. And those with severe illness should receive optimized care.
These are a few amongst the many other rumors and misinformation out there. The only way out is to follow a few verified and reliable sources, for example, WHO, CDC, etc. which you know will provide the correct information.