Debugging the virus: COVID-19

24 May 2021

Curtain Hug

Do household remedies cure COVID-19? Should I wear a mask all the time? Or should I drink ethanol to cure COVID-19?. There are some serious questions in the minds of everyone.

We should seek answers from reliable sources. It will help us differentiate between a “fact” and a “myth”.
Here, we have debunked certain myths related to COVID-19.

Myth: Vitamin and mineral supplements will cure my COVID-19 infection.
Fact: No. Vitamin and mineral supplements will not cure your COVID-19 infection. Vitamin D and C are micronutrients. They are essential for the well-being of an individual. They strengthen your body’s immune system. Also, they are critical for good health. But there is no evidence of using these supplements to “treat” COVID-19.

Myth: I can take antibiotics as a treatment for my COVID-19 infection.
Fact: No, you cannot take antibiotics to treat your COVID-19 infection. COVID-19 is a virus. It belongs to the family of Coronaviridae.
Since it is a virus, antibiotics do not work against it. Thus, they should not be used to treat the infection. Some people may develop a bacterial infection. But this is most likely a complication of COVID-19.

Myth: Drinking alcohol will kill the coronavirus inside my body.
Fact: Consuming alcohol will not kill the virus. It cannot protect you against COVID-19.
Since sanitizers have ethanol, many people have assumed that they can drink high-strength ethanol to kill the virus. But consuming high amounts of ethanol can be detrimental to your health. It can compromise the immune system of the body and can lead to severe health consequences. This can make a person more susceptible to COVID-19. Thus, people should avoid consuming alcohol, especially during the pandemic.

Myth: Thermal scanners can detect my COVID-19. I do not need to get tested.
Fact: Thermal scanners can only detect high fever. They cannot detect the virus. Thermal scanners are proficient at detecting high fever in people. But they cannot check whether the person is infected with the COVID-19. Many diseases can cause a high fever. Thus, people must seek the advice of their clinicians and get tested.

Myth: I will kill all the houseflies and mosquitoes in my house as they transmit COVID-19.
Fact: At present, no study has confirmed that houseflies and mosquitoes transmit COVID-19.
Transmission of COVID-19 occurs through droplets released by an infected person while coughing, sneezing, or speaking. If a person comes in contact with surfaces contaminated with these droplets, he can become infected when he touches his mouth, nose, or eyes. It is crucial to maintain a distance of 1 meter from others. You should disinfect surfaces that are touched regularly. People should also wash their hands thoroughly before touching their nose, mouth, or eyes. But houseflies and mosquitoes are carriers of certain diseases and should be managed accordingly.

Myth: I should spray disinfectant on my body as it will protect me against the virus.
Fact: Spraying disinfectant on your body does not protect against the virus. Disinfectants are meant to be sprayed on inanimate objects and surfaces. They are poisonous. They can irritate the eyes and skin. Thus, they should not be consumed and kept away from kids.

Myth: I am vaccinated for pneumonia. This will protect me against COVID-19.
Fact: Vaccination for pneumonia will not protect from COVID-19 infection. Vaccinations for pneumonia, for example, the pneumococcal vaccine do not protect against COVID-19. COVID-19 is a new or a novel coronavirus. It requires a special vaccine for itself. Many scientists are currently working on a vaccine against COVID-19.

Myth: I am a young adult. I cannot get infected with COVID-19.
Fact: COVID-19 can infect people of all age groups.
Older individuals are at a higher risk of developing severe complications from the disease. But the virus can also infect young people. Immunocompromised individuals and people suffering from diabetes, asthma, heart conditions are also at a high risk of falling severely ill. Thus, people from all age groups should maintain good hygiene and social distancing.

Myth: I will stand under the sun for a long time to kill the COVID-19 virus.
Fact: A person can get infected by the virus in hot and humid conditions. Exposure to high temperatures (over 25℃) cannot kill or protect from the COVID-19 virus. Countries with hot and humid weather have also reported cases of COVID-19. Similarly, cold temperatures cannot kill the virus. There are no findings to suggest the influence of environmental temperature on the survival of the virus.

Myth: I will have COVID-19 forever if I get infected by it once.
Fact: COVID-19 virus doesn’t last forever in the body.
The virus can be eliminated from the body. It is important to treat your symptoms at the earliest to control the infection. Supportive care can help the patients to recover.

Overall, it is important to be aware of the myths surrounding the disease to handle it properly.