5 Common Myths about Coronavirus Transmission—Busted

Suruchi Patwary , 18 Mar 2020
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Myths About Coronavirus By AndriiKoval | www.shutterstock.com

Recently, all that we’ve been talking, reading and watching about is mostly Coronavirus. And it is only right to keep ourselves as informed and updated about it as possible. But while doing so, it is easy to fall prey to false news or non-verified information doing the rounds. And knowing that believing such myths could do more harm than good, we thought of busting 5 of the most common Coronavirus myths for you guys. Read on to check out the myths and the explanation behind why it isn’t true.

1. Mosquito bites can spread the Coronavirus COVID-19.

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Mosquito By Witsawat.S | www.shutterstock.com

The experts note that Coronavirus is a respiratory virus and not a bloodborne virus. And as of now, there is no evidence that shows anyone having contracted the virus from a mosquito bite.

2. Buying goods manufactured in China can spread the virus.

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Made In China By Maxx-Studio | www.shutterstock.com

As per WHO, it is highly unlikely that the COVID-19 Coronavirus will stay on the surface of the goods manufactured in China and shipped to other places. But if you’re still a bit skeptical about it, you can always clean the surface of the product with a disinfectant before taking it into use.

3. Your pet could give you the virus.

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Pet Dog With Owner By Nina Buday | www.shuterstock.com

There’s currently no evidence showing that your cat or dog could get infected with the virus and transmit it to you.

4. Consuming garlic will prevent you from contracting Coronavirus.

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Garlic By Marian Weyo | www.shutterstock.com

Although garlic is healthy, increasing its consumption will not aid in protecting you against the virus.

5. Taking antibiotics can help prevent the virus.

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Antibiotics By nokwalai | www.shutterstock.com

Firstly, antibiotics work against bacteria, not viruses. And Coronavirus COVID-19 is a virus. So taking antibiotics to prevent contracting the virus won’t work. But if you’ve been hospitalised for the same virus, then you could be given antibiotics in case of a possible bacterial co-infection.

Know of any more such myths that are doing rounds and should be busted? Do let us know in the comments below and share it with your friends too.

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