With the rise in uncertainty on COVID-19, there is a rapid spread of misinformation about the virus that causes unnecessary anxiety and confusion. The most reliable and credible information about the virus comes from evidence-based guidelines. Below are some of the common myths of COVID-19 that are false and should not be followed.
All the above myths are referenced from the World Health Organization, except for those indicated. For other myths, please visit the following link:
"If you hold your breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or feeling discomfort, you are free from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or any other lung disease."
This breathing exercise does not test if you have COVID-19 and is not to be practiced. The most clinically-proven and effective test to confirm if you have the virus is with a laboratory test. The following are the most common symptoms of COVID-19: dry cough, difficulty breathing, and fever. There are also severe forms of the disease, such as pneumonia, that can occur in individuals.
"The best way to prevent the coronavirus disease is if you expose yourself to the sun or to hotter temperatures as this disease cannot survive in these temperatures."
The disease can be transmitted in ALL areas regardless of the temperature and weather. There are countries with hot climates who have reported cases of COVID-19. Please see the following link of COVID-19 transmission worldwide in real-time: https://ncov2019.live/data
The best preventative ways are regular hand hygiene and avoiding touching your face, including your eyes, mouth, and nose.
"Those who contract COVID-19 will have the disease for life."
You can recover from COVID-19 as most of the people who catch the disease, eliminate it entirely from their bodies thanks to supportive and reliable health care. It is important to seek medical care early if you experience any of the most common symptoms of the virus.
"Vaccines against pneumonia protect you from contracting the disease."
There is currently no vaccine that is effective to protect you from the coronavirus. There is still much to be learned about this disease since it is very new and different. However, researchers are currently working to develop a vaccine. Although there is no COVID-19 vaccine, continue with routine vaccinations to protect yours and the communities’ health.
"Antibiotics are an effective treatment and preventative measure for COVID-19."
Antibiotics only treat bacteria and not viruses, which coronavirus is a type of virus. Antibiotics should not be used to treat and prevent COVID-19. However, antibiotics may be used per medical discretion if you are hospitalized for the virus since bacterial co-infection is possible.
"Disinfectant injections are a cure for COVID-19."
Disinfectants are only to be used for cleaning non-human surfaces in line with usage guidelines. Under no circumstance should a disinfectant be administered into the human body as a COVID-19 treatment. There is no scientific evidence that supports this myth.
"Older people are more susceptible to the coronavirus than younger people."
People of ALL ages can contract COVID-19, which is why everyone needs to follow the evidence-based guidelines to protect themselves. Older people, especially with pre-existing medical conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes, heart disease), seem to be more at high risk for getting the disease.