We have all received our fair share of viral fake news via Whatsapp groups or on Facebook. This has proved to be more dangerous than usual in the face of Covid-19. Many people have been guilty of spreading misinformation, creating wrong perceptions and causing fear among the recipients.
This is why it is essential during these times to be super sure about the source of your information. The government has even warned that you could face jail time if you are found guilty of spreading misinformation.
So it goes without saying that we need to have accurate information if we intend to succeed at flattening the curve and stopping the spread of the Coronavirus.
Here are 5 of the top Covid-19 myths (sourced from the WHO)
Exposing yourself to the sun or temperatures higher than 25C degrees prevents Covid-19.
You can catch Covid-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. Countries with hot weather have reported cases of Covid-19 as well. To protect yourself, make sure you clean your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
Catching the Coronavirus mean you will have it for life.
Most people who catch Covid-19 can recover and eliminate the virus from their bodies. If you catch the disease, make sure you treat your symptoms. If you have a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early – but call your health facility by telephone first. Most patients recover as you would when you have a regular case of the flu.
Being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or feeling discomfort means you are free from Covid-19 or any other lung disease.
The most common symptoms of Covid-19 are dry cough, tiredness and fever. Some people may develop more severe forms of the disease, such as pneumonia. The best way to confirm if you have the virus is with a laboratory test. You cannot confirm it with this breathing exercise, which can even be dangerous.
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Taking a hot bath prevents you from contracting coronavirus disease.
Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching Covid-19. Your average body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. The best way to protect yourself against Covid-19 is by regularly cleaning your hands. By doing this, you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will kill the Coronavirus.
No. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to your clothes or be detrimental if ingested. However, both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used safely.
Also, keep an eye of the NICD website. This is South Africa’s dedicated team, who deal with communicable diseases. On their website, there are a host of various resources that are accurate and safe to share with others. This includes informative videos and daily updates on the virus.
Here are some videos on other myths about Covid-19: