'Mythbuster'regarding Covid 19
Regarding Covid 19, this question and answeres are developed by Critical Care Expert Doctors from both Bangladesh and India.(1) Myth:Corona virus is a mutated version of common cold virus/ flu virus.
Fact:No; Though COVID-19 presents with flu-like symptoms (such as aches, fever, and cough), it is more serious and has 10 times moremortality than that of seasonal flu.
(2) Myth: Alcohol consumption protects against the virus.
Fact: No; It may infact lowerthe immunity.
(3) Myth: Eating garlic will protect you against virus.
Fact: There is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from new coronavirus.
(4) Myth:I have no risk of corona infection from a healthy person.
Facts:Any healthy person may be an asymptomatic carrier. Thus, “Socialdistancing” is must.
(5) Myth: COVID-19 is an air borne infection.
Fact: It’s a droplet infection. It can spread through fomites also.
(6) Myth: Homeopathic /Chinese medicines can cure COVD-19.
(7) Myth: Using hand sanitizer is as effective as hand washing.
Fact:No; Appropriate steps of hand washing,with soap and water for 2 minutes,are important.Whenever used, 70% alcohol based sanitizers, should be used for a minimum of 20 seconds.
(8) Myth: Everyone should wear a surgical mask.
Fact:Cloth mask is enough for common public not in contact with positive patient.But person with symptoms of cough, cold and fever must wear surgical maskwhen going out in public place or hospital. Ideally they must stay in homeunder self-quarantine with appropriate self isolationfrom other familymembers.
(9) Myth: N95 mask should be used by everyone.
Fact:No. N95 mask is a precious resource and should be used only by healthcareworkers who are taking care of COVID-19 patients.
(10) Myth: Coronavirus won’t survive in Indian summer.
Fact: No data available to support this. Novel Coronavirus gets killed attemperature above 56C. Countries with hot weather have reported cases of COVID-19.
(11) Myth: Antibiotics are effective in preventing and treating new Coronavirus.
Fact:No. Antibiotics only act against bacteria. COVID 19 is a viral disease.
(12) Myth: Younger people are not susceptible to Coronavirus.
Fact:All age groups are susceptible.
(13) Myth: Regularly rinsing your nose with saline and gargling with chlorhexidine solution will help prevent new coronavirus infection.
Fact: No.It does not have any preventive effect for Corona virus infection.
(14) Myth:Vaccines against pneumonia protect you against new Coronavirus Infection.
Fact: No; but at risk people should continue taking other vaccines asprescribed by their physician.Till date , no vaccine to prevent COVID19 is available.
(15) Myth: Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will kill the new Coronavirus.
Fact:Virus which has entered the body won’t be killed by spraying alcohol or chlorine. These are aerosol generating procedures which can rather spread the disease.
(16) Myth: Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people infected with novel Coronavirus.
Fact: No; thermal scanners detect only fever.
(17) Myth: Ultra-violet disinfection lamp kills novel Coronavirus.
Fact: It has some role in disinfection of medical equipment. But it is not for human use.
(18) Myth: Hand dryers are effective in killing novel Coronavirus.
Fact: No. Hand dryers can cause spread and better to avoid.
(19) Myth: Coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquito bite.
(20) Myth: If I can hold my breath for more than 10 seconds, I do not havecorona infection.
Fact: You can still be infected. Difficulty to hold breath and breathing difficultyarises only after you have pneumonia, which is an advanced stage of infection.
(21) Myth: Taking hot waterbath will prevent novel Coronavirus disease.
Fact: No; it is just a way to decontaminate oneself.
(22) Myth: Cold weather and snow can kill novel Coronavirus.
Fact:No. ButCOVID-19 may worsen in this season.
(23) Myth: Ordering or buying products shipped from overseas will make a personsick.
Fact:No.Since shipping usually takes 3-4 days, transmission should be low. However, it is always advised to wash your hands frequently if any suspected contaminated surface is touched.
(24) Myth: Eatingchicken and meat products can lead to novelCoronavirus infection.
Fact: No.Eating well cooked chicken and meat products does not lead to coronavirus infection.
(25) Myth:5-G mobile network can spread novel Coronavirus infection.
Fact:No. Viruses do not travel on radio waves/mobile networks.
(26) Myth: Catching the new coronavirus mean you will have it for life.
Fact: No.You cannot have coronavirus infection for life. More than 80% patients are asymptomatic and recoverson their own.But secondary infection from different strain is possible.
(27) Myth: Everyone with COVID-19 dies.
Fact:No. 81% of COVID-19 cases are usually mild. Mortality rate is betweenabout 1-3%.
(28) Myth: Pets can spread the virus.
Fact: Infection in pets like dogs and cats is still unknown. However, maintainingextra hygiene precautions is advisable.
(29) Myth: Vitamin C supplements will stop you from catching COVID-19 infection.
Fact:No evidence that Vitamin C can render you immune to COVID-19 infection.
(30)Myth:HCQ/ chloroquine prophylaxis should be taken by everyone.
Facts:No, it may harm also. It is indicated only for Health Care Workers who are in frontline of treating these patients. It is still not established that ithelps prevent the transmission.
(31)Myth: Does it get transmitted through Faecal contamination?
Facts:Though viral shedding in stools had been shown upto37 days, obvious evidence of feco-oral transmission is still not available. It is thus advisable for an infected person with home isolation, to use a separate lavatory, or clean it after use with disinfectants.
(32)Myth:All my antihypertensive agents should be stopped as I am told that these medications can put me at risk for COVID-19?
Facts:No; BP medications should not be stopped including certain types ACEI’s;consult your primaryphysician if there are any further queries.
(33)Myth:I am having chronic joint pains and have been asked to stop Ibuprofen(Brufen) which gives me good relief from joint pains, as it puts me at risk forCOVID-19?
Facts:Currently there isno scientific evidence that Brufen puts the individual at risk for COVID- 19. However, long term intake of Brufen is
not safe for your kidneysand stomach, so you needto modify the pain killers.
(34)Myth: I am told that breast feeding my baby is not safe as virus may get transmitted through the breast milk?
Facts:No. Virus transmission does not occur through breast milk. Breast milk is the best feed for the new born babies and it enhances
the immunity.Even if the mother is COVID-19 positive, but asymptomatic, she canmaintain good personal hygiene and good hand
hygiene with soap and water / alcohol hand rub and can breastfeed her baby. Symptomatic sick mothers, can express the breast milk in a clean washed container, and can be fed by an experienced nurse / care taker. COVID negative mothers by maintaining personal hygiene and hand hygiene can happily continue breastfeeding their babies.
(35) Myth:Screening for corona virus infection is necessary before donating blood?
Facts:No;there is no evidence that corona virus infection is transmitted through blood transfusion.
(36)Myth: Is visiting hospital a must if you develop symptoms?
Facts: No. If you have any symptoms, it is recommended todo a telephonic consultation to decide if a visit to the hospital is needed. The chances of catching the virus increases, if you visit a hospitalduring the pandemic.