CORONAVIRUS MYTH BUSTING
Covid-19 is a new strain of the Coronavirus, which is a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. Through new cases of those contracting the virus as well as those who are sadly losing their lives, we are learning more and more about it every day.
However, with so much information in the media about the virus this can also lead to fake news and rather strange ideas on how we can contract Covid-19.
Check out our Myth busters below:
- Being in the sun DOES NOT prevent Coronavirus
Sadly nearly every country across the world have cases of the virus, so hot weather does not prevent anyone from catching the virus. No matter how hot the weather is where you are living, we advise to follow the government guidelines and always clean your hands thoroughly and frequently.
- If you can hold your breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or feeling discomfort means you are free from the coronavirus
This is NOT true. It has been evidenced that those with underlying health conditions such as a lung disease are more vulnerable to the disease, but anyone can catch Coronavirus. The best way to confirm if you have the virus is with a laboratory test, you cannot do this with a breathing exercise.
- Drinking alcohol does not protect you against COVID-19 and can be dangerous
If you drink alcohol however excessive, this does not protect you against the virus. If you do drink alcohol it is best to do this in moderation, as it can affect your health in other ways.
- Can I catch Covid-19 from my pet?
There is no evidence to suggest that any pet, whether it’s a dog or a cat can transmit the virus. It is spread through droplets produced when a person carrying the virus either coughs, sneezes or speaks.
- Taking a hot bath does NOT prevent the virus
Your normal body temperature is around 36.5°C to 37°C, and this does not change based on the temperature of your bath. So this cannot prevent the virus.
- Are hand dryers effective in killing the new coronavirus?
No, hand dryers do not kill the virus. Everyone should follow the Government guidelines on hand washing, ensuring you are using soap with warm water and washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- The virus can survive on surfaces for up to a month.
Highly unlikely: Previous research on other viruses eg Sars, showed that viruses can remain on hard surfaces eg metals, glass or plastic for 2 hours to 9 days max. The Government said risk of contamination is likely to be reduced significantly after about 72 hours.
- Can eating garlic help prevent Covid-19
WHO says that whilst garlic is healthy for us, there’s no evidence to support this.
- Does drinking water every 15 mins keep Covid-19 away.
Although it’s important to hydrate, drinking water does not stop Covid-19 ie it cannot be flushed out of the system.