The recent fear created by the spread of the coronavirus is being taken into real concern by people all around the world. Since we now live in a society that is a strongly connected global village, messaging apps have played a role in spreading rumours about the virus which are now labelled as myths.
People tend to believe what they read in a forwarded message but one needs to clear out their facts and draw a clear cut line between myths and facts.
Some common myths spread regarding the coronavirus are:
1. Having garlic in boiled water can help to cure the coronavirus: There are high possibilities that you might have heard about garlic curing this infection. For a matter of fact, though garlic has anti-microbial properties there are no scientific reports that it can kill coronavirus.
2. You can catch the virus if you eat Chinese food: Rumours have it that consuming Chinese food from Chinese restaurants can make you catch the virus. This is absolutely not true.
3. Eating ice creams and frozen food can spread the virus: it is said that frozen foods shouldn’t be consumed for the upcoming 90 days but there has been no formal report from the WHO (World Health Organisation) that claims this to be true.
4. Rinsing your mouth with salt water can cure coronavirus: the social media platforms have been circulating such messages but it should be realised that there is no evidence to prove this. Nor will the rinsing of your nose with saltwater prevent you from catching the infection.
5. Applying cow dung and consuming cow urine can cure the aforesaid virus: Again, there has been no research report that has been put out in order to mark out any scientific reason for using the cow dung or urine as a cure.
5. You can catch coronavirus if you receive a package from China: The virus doesn’t survive for long on packages or letters so you need not worry if you are going to receive one.
6. Pets (including dogs and cats) can spread the virus: There has been no such case where the animals/pets have seemed to transfer the virus to humans.
7. Antibiotics can treat coronavirus: Antibiotics only work against bacteria and the infection that we are talking about here namely corona, is a virus. So there is no way in which antibiotics could be of help in this case
8. Bat soups and snakes are responsible for the outbreak of the virus: It hasn’t been proven scientifically and clinical trials are still being conducted to check for the above-stated possibility.
9. A cure has been found for coronavirus: There are treatments which have been put for clinical trials and no such cure has been confirmed as of yet.
The virus isn’t new and can be dated back to an ancient family back in the 1960s to be affected by it.
Dogs and other pets are prone to such viruses and there is no chance that they can be transmitted to humans via them.
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