Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. More recently, the Covid-19, a previously un-encountered strain of the virus has been making widespread news. As a doctor, I’ve seen a number of ‘protective measures’ doing rounds on WhatsApp and social media and thought it’s time to separate the myths from facts.

  • Myth 1 :
    Coronavirus cannot be transmitted in extremely hot or cold climates.
  • Facts :
    The virus can be transmitted in al climates regardless of hot, cold or humid weather. The most important thing to remember is that frequent washing of your hands will help eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

  • Myth 2 :
    Taking a hot bath will prevent coronavirus.
  • Facts :
    A person’s normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. While hygiene is an important part of good health, bathing with extremely hot water may only cause you to burn your skin.

  • Myth 3 :
    Mosquito bites and pets can transmit coronavirus.
  • Facts :
    There is no evidence that mosquitoes or pets can transmit this strain of the virus to humans. Again, it’s important to remember to frequently wash your hands to eliminate germs.

  • Myth 4 :
    Spraying alcohol or chlorine on your skin or clothes will kill the virus.
  • Facts :
    Doing so will not kill any virus that may have already entered a body. These substances are surface cleaners and need to be used on the correct surfaces. Spraying them on yourself may cause skin irritation and can be harmful if ingested.

  • Myth 5 :
    Antibiotics are effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus.
  • Facts :
    As a fact, antibiotics only work against bacteria, and not virus. In fact, vaccinations against pneumonia also do not protect against the corona virus. The condition is so new that researchers are still working on a cure. However, it is highly recommended to take a flu-shot and build your respiratory health.

  • Myth 6 :
    Wearing a mask prevents coronavirus.
  • Facts :
    Garlic is a healthy food and is known to have antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence that eating garlic protects people from the virus.

  • Myth 7 :
    Antibiotics are effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus.
  • Facts :
    If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with the virus. Even in such times, you must know how to properly use and dispose the masks.

While these are just a few of the many myths doing rounds, I hope you remember to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene. It’s perhaps the most effective way to keep you and your loved ones safe!