With the ongoing pandemic comes loads of panic as well as loads of information making their way around the internet. Information is good, and so is doing your research to learn as much as you can and stay up to date with recent happenings.
Do your best to make sure you get your information from trusted and recognized healthcare organizations. A good example is the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the official websites of the Ministries of Health in various countries, The Medics Club 🙂 just to name a few. These sources have most, if not all the information you’ll need.
Below are a few myths about the virus.
Myth 1: COVID-19 cannot spread in hot and humid climates
Fact: From what has been observed thus far, COVID-19 is transmissible in all climates. Cases have been reported in both cold and warm climates.
Myth 2: A hot shower/bath can prevent COVID-19 infection
Fact: This myth likely has something to do with the first myth about COVID-19 not being able to survive hot climates. The theory here is that a hot shower/bath can increase your body temperature, which can in turn “kill” the virus. This is false as there’s no evidence to support this from what has been observed from the thousands of cases globally thus far.
Myth 3: Pneumonia and Influenza vaccines can protect against COVID-19
Fact: COVID-19 is a novel virus that is different from the pathogens that cause influenza and pneumonia and so their vaccines cannot protect you from a COVID-19 infection. Their role, however, is that they protect you from these respiratory diseases (pneumonia and influenza) which can weaken your immune system, thereby making you more vulnerable to other infections, in comparison to healthy individuals.
Myth 4: COVID-19 can be transmitted via mosquito bites
Fact: There is currently no evidence to support this. Being a respiratory virus, COVID-19 is primarily transmitted via respiratory droplets from the sneezing and coughing of infected individuals, and also via saliva or nasal discharge.
Myth 5: Having no symptoms mean I don’t have the infection, even though I’ve been exposed to someone that has the infection
Fact: The incubation period of COVID-19 spans from 1 to 14 days. If you’re infected you could still be asymptomatic and infectious during this time. So do well to self-isolate if you have been exposed to infected persons in order to protect the people around you.
Myth 6: COVID-19 cannot infect children
Fact: A few cases of COVID-19 infection in kids have been recorded since the start of the outbreak. More specifically the virus has claimed the lives of a 10-month-old and a 14-year-old.
Featured image: Hamilton County Public Health
Dr. Wendy Evans-Uhegbu is a graduate of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, with experience in Connected Health, Medical Technology, Clinical Research, Medical Education, Medical Communications, and Web Design/Development. She is a part of the Medics Abroad team with the role of Chief Communications Officer. She is also a Medical Writer at 3D4 Medical and runs a Medical Communications and Children’s books company (ODR Integrated Services/ ODR Books). She is the author of the newly published children’s book series “The Things Around Me”.