Since the rise of the coronavirus, there has been so much false information about the new disease. These myths have not only helped to create mass panic, but can cause people to distrust news from actual valid sources, such as doctors and scientists. Here are the myths surrounding the novel virus and actual information that debunks them.
1. Covid-19 Can't Spread in Areas with Hot Climates
This is clearly false, as Covid-19 can be transmitted in all areas. This includes areas with a hot and humid climate. Coronavirus has spread in countries across South America and Asia, which have tropical and humid weather. Regardless of the climate, adopting protective measures will keep you and your loved ones safe. This includes washing your hands and not touching your face.
2. Being in Cold Weather Does Kill Covid-19
Just like hot weather, cold climates can't kill the new coronavirus. Our body tries to maintain homeostasis, meaning it tries to keep an internal temperature between 36.5-37 degrees celsius, regardless of the external temperature. To protect yourself, the World Health Organization says to clean your hands with an alcohol-based rub or washing them with soap and water.
3. Hand Dryers Can Eliminate the New Coronavirus
This idea stemmed from the thought that hot temperatures can kill the virus. Social media users have been sharing a video suggesting that heat kills the coronavirus, and applying heat to your nose will eliminate it. However, heat can denature proteins, not viruses. Faheem Younus, a specialist in infectious diseases at University of Maryland, tweeted "False! Please don't. Our nose carries bacteria, as part of normal flora. Those bacteria may get confused."
4. Can Eating Garlic Help Prevent Infection With Covid-19?
No, it can't. Garlic is a healthy food and contains organosulfur compounds. This means it has natural antimicrobial properties and can help reduce inflammation. However, there is no evidence to support that eating garlic will reduce the spread of coronavirus.
5. Vaccines Against Pneumonia Protects Against The New Coronavirus
No, vaccines against pneumonia, such as the Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, cannot protect you against the new coronavirus. Covid-19 is very new and it's strain does not have a vaccine for it yet. Although there isn't a vaccine for Covid-19 yet, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health.