Coronavirus myths and truths

We’ve heard quite a bit about the spread of this COVID-19 virus, regularly called the coronavirus.

Coronaviruses are several viruses that together cause symptoms commonly seen in a normal cold of any flu, but this one is much more dangerous if not treated in time with the right measures by going to the nearest health facility, otherwise the COVID-19 can reach even more serious conditions like death.

This news has gone viral all over the world and many people have taken advantage of creating false and alarming news about this information. We recommend that if you would like to find out more about the subject after reading this article, you should look at official and authorized websites such as the WHO (World Health Organization), among others.

Here we will clarify your doubts about some myths and truths about the coronavirus:

The coronavirus is a pandemic. Myth. The World Health Organization has proclaimed that COVID-19 is not a pandemic, although it has the potential to be, it is only an international health crisis so far.

Similarly, preventive measures must be taken for the coronavirus if it ever becomes a pandemic.

Animals can become infected with coronaviruses. True. Animals can get coronaviruses. Also, some coronaviruses can spread from animals to people, according to the WHO.

They’re already using a cure for COVID-19. Myth. Studies have been conducted in laboratories around the world, but no vaccine has yet been found to kill COVID-19.

The coronavirus is more risky in older people. Fact. Adults with diseases such as diabetes, asthma, and cardiovascular problems are at a higher risk of getting coronaviruses from these same diseases they already have.

But coronaviruses can be diagnosed in people of any age, from children to the elderly.

If I wear a mask or mouthpiece, I won’t get the Coronavirus Myth. Only if you’re going to treat someone who has this virus do you wear a mask or mouthpiece. It is recommended that the person who is infected or has any of these symptoms wear a facemask or mouthpiece so as not to put others at risk.

In the meantime, it is recommended to practice good hygiene by washing your hands with soap and alcohol-based antibacterials to kill the bacteria and avoid getting VID-19.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with dirty hands, as we can catch viruses and batteries with our hands by touching any surface that may be infected.

I can receive packages from China and not get a coronavirus. True. Receiving packages from China is totally safe as the country studied the necessary measures and came to the conclusion that the virus does not survive that long in packages. So another country does not take the risk of getting contaminated with the coronavirus by receiving things from China.

If I self-medicate with antibiotics I won’t be able to get the coronavirus. Myth. They recommend that no one self-medicate if they have any symptoms, it’s better to go to the nearest health center to have a study done to be able to give an accurate answer of the symptoms they have.

Besides, antibiotics are used to fight bacteria and not to fight viruses.

Coronavirus is the same as pneumonia. Myth. One of the symptoms of COVID-19 is respiratory problems and this can be done similar to pneumonia, but coronavirus is not treated with the same medications for it nor is it the same as pneumonia.

COVID-19 is found in more than 50 countries. True. The coronavirus has advanced so rapidly that it has become contaminated in more than 50 countries, approximately the coronavirus is in 190 countries according to BBC News World with more than 80,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19.