Coronavirus Facts, Myths, Rumors, And Misinformation

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over and the second wave has yet to break. Health care organizations and scientific research centers are hard at work to figure out the best way to stop the rapidly spreading virus. But the virus isn’t the only thing that is spreading.

Fake news, false information, and myths about the coronavirus circulate the web and gain traction too easily. Social media is the easiest way to find rumors and misinformation about COVID-19. Because the virus has so many unknown factors, it’s understandable for people to believe or worry about everything they read. To put a stop to all the wondering and nonsense, we put together an article filled with the most up-to-date facts and myths about COVID-19.

Fact: The Chance of Shoes Spreading COVID-19 Is Very Low

Almost from the start, scientists explained that there is a very low likelihood of spreading the virus by way of your shoes. Many people worried about tracking the virus into their homes, but the possibility of contracting the virus that way is so low. If you have children in the house, particular toddlers or infants, be sure to clean the floors or carpet on a regular basis. Additionally, don’t wear your shoes inside the house.

Rumor: COVID-19 Does Not Spread Through Drinking Water

Some people worry about the coronavirus spreading through drinking water. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), conventional water treatment methods use proper filtration and disinfection procedures that inactivate the virus.

Fact: Thermal Scanners Cannot Detect COVID-19

While thermal scanners have the ability to detect fever, they cannot determine whether or not people have COVID-19. The illness can cause fever, but carriers can also be asymptomatic. Fever is a very common symptom of other illnesses, including malaria, flu, or dengue, so detecting a fever isn’t a surefire way to determine if a person has COVID-19.

Rumor: Adding Hot Peppers To Your Soup Cures COVID-19

It would be incredible if this was true, but it’s not. Sure, peppers make your food, spicy and addictively delicious, but they don’t kill the virus. The best way to protect yourself is to regularly wash your hands, maintain a balanced diet, wear a mask, stay hydrated, sleep well, and get 15-30 minutes of direct sunlight exposure daily.

Fact: 5G Mobile Networks Do Not Spread COVID-19

First off, viruses cannot spread via mobile networks or radio waves. Secondly, countries that do not have 5G mobile networks have COVID-19. The virus spreads through respiratory droplets, so the virus spreads when an infected person speaks, sneezes, or coughs. Touching a contaminated surface and then touching the eyes, nose, or mouth can cause infection.

Rumor: Introducing Disinfectants Into Your Body Protects You Against COVID-19

For your own safety, please don’t do this. You run the risk of doing a great deal of damage to your body if you do this. We have a whole article about it. Click here to read it.

Fact: Sneezing Is Not A Symptom Of COVID-19

Health experts say that you most likely do not have COVID-19 if you are sneezing. Runny nose and sneezing is closely related to allergies or the common cold, and research suggests that only 4.8% of COVID-19 cases experience some form of congestion.

Rumor: You Can Get A Face Mask Exemption Card

This is 100% false. Requirements for wearing a mask are issued by the county or state in which you live. Fake cards and flyers circulated, saying that a physical or mental condition made it so people didn’t have to wear masks. The cards even went so far as to say that the American Disabilities Act (ADA) endorsed this. People have tried to use these fake cards to avoid wearing masks, but these are not U.S. government issued. Please wear your masks, people.

Sources:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

2020-07-16T09:58:10-07:00