The novel coronavirus, also termed as COVID-19, has spread from Wuhan in China to every continent on the face of the Earth. The outbreak has finally been labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization, and the reports are rife about an increasing number of cases all over the world. According to reports, there have been over eighty thousand cases of coronavirus in China, over a thousand cases in the USA, and nearly seventy cases in India.
We understand that in such a situation, myths and misconceptions are bound to abound about this virus as people are simply scared and alarmed at the situation. And, with the word ‘pandemic’ being recently associated with the virus, people are becoming increasingly worried, and rumors and misinformation are spreading like wildfire. So, we, at Lotus Valley International School, ranked amongst the top schools in Noida, decided to clear the air about some of the most widely believed misconceptions about coronavirus outbreak so that you can take effective precautions to stay safe.
Myth 1: Face masks can protect you from coronavirus
The standard surgical masks cannot protect you from the virus because these are neither made to block the viral particles nor do they stay flush to your face. However, these masks can prevent the spread of the virus if infected people wear them because it will block the respiratory droplets coming out of their mouths.
Myth 2: Coronavirus infection leads to an inevitable death
No, it doesn’t! Reports suggest that only 4.7% of cases among all those infected with the virus have been known to turn critical, and have chances of septic shock or respiratory failure. So, if you face any symptoms like cough, fever, or shortness of breath, get yourself checked, and there is nothing to panic.
Myth 3: COVID-19 is exactly like the flu
The reason why this myth is so widespread is because the symptoms of coronavirus are a lot like flu, for instance, aches, cough, pneumonia, and fever. But, the complete profile of COVID-19 is more serious than flu, and its mortality rate is certainly higher than that of the seasonal flu.
Myth 4: The pets can spread coronavirus
There is hardly any evidence that the virus can infect the pets. It is true that there had been a report that a Pomeranian had got infected with the virus from its owner, but even then there is no reason to believe that pets can spread the virus. Real infection and detecting the presence of coronavirus are two completely different things. Even though the dog was infected, it did not fall ill or showed any symptoms of the disease, and neither can it spread the disease.
Myth 5: Kids cannot catch coronavirus
The truth is that even kids are as susceptible to the virus as adults. Though the initial reports suggest that more adults are infected compared to the children, but that does not mean that children are not at risk. So, children need as much protection and precautions as adults do.
Myth 6: You will know if you catch the coronavirus
No, you will not, for the simple reason that its symptoms are a lot similar to other respiratory illnesses like the common cold and the flu. You might experience nausea, vomiting, fever, and a runny nose: all of which are common in case of flu. So, it is almost like there are no early symptoms to know that you have the coronavirus.
Hopefully, we have been able to clear some of the myths about coronavirus through our research about the matter. Some added bits of advice that we, at LVIS, can offer in this regard is that you should always wash your hands for about twenty seconds or use a WHO-approved sanitizer before eating anything. Make sure to use tissues for sneezes and coughs, and do not touch your mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands. Let us all stay aware and alert in banishing the coronavirus from our lives.