Everyone across the globe seems to be in a state of panic due to COVID-19. And as a fallout, the panic has caused people to believe anything they read or hear. The Internet and social media have done a lot of good in keeping people informed of the pandemic, but have equally spread a lot of misinformation about COVID-19 too. During these uncertain times, it’s important to stay aware and be informed about facts. As indulging in miss information can spread fear further, we at TABIIB have curated a list of all the Mythbusters. 

1. Myth Busters: Hydroxychloroquine Can’t Cure COVID-19  

Various researchers are still investigating the current strain of coronavirus. As of now, there is no cure for COVID-19 as most drugs are still in their trial phase. Even though hydroxychloroquine is being used to treat coronavirus patients in several countries, there is no proof that it can cure or prevent COVID-19. 

Hydroxychloroquine is a drug primarily used to prevent or treat malaria. If it is misused, it can cause some serious side effects and illness in your body. For instance, in a few cases, hydroxychloroquine can cause retina disorders and paralysis of the ciliary or extraocular muscles. According to research, in extreme cases, the overdose of this drug can also lead to death. 

Syringe and ampoule with label hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. Gray background. Vaccine coronavirus.

2. Myth Busters: Drinking Methanol, Ethanol Or Bleach Can’t Cure COVID-19   

Methanol, ethanol and bleach are often used as cleaning agents in a household. While they can kill the virus on various surfaces, they can’t kill the virus in your body. When consumed, these substances can be extremely dangerous and can cause various disabilities. Depending on the quantity, they could also be lethal as they can damage the internal organs. 

3. Myth Busters: Hot & Humid Climates Can’t Prevent COVID-19

During the initial days of the outbreak, people had hoped that the spread of the virus would stop or decrease in the summer. However, researchers have confirmed that the virus can spread and survive even in hot and humid climates. So please don’t be under the misconception that you will not contract the virus because you live in hot & humid conditions. 

Image that tries to depict hot temperature. Myth Busters: Hot & Humid Climates Can’t Prevent COVID-19

4. Myth Busters: Hot Peppers Can’t Cure Or Prevent COVID-19

Peppers have shown to have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, but there is no evidence that they can cure coronavirus. However, peppers can improve your immune system as they are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A. A strong immune system can mean lower chances of infection. However, despite all the claims on social media, it is important to know that there is currently no food that can cure or prevent coronavirus. 

5. Myth Busters: Mosquitoes Can’t Spread COVID-19 

There have been repeated speculations that COVID-19 can be transmitted by mosquitoes. However, based on the current research, there is no evidence that confirms or suggests that the coronavirus can be transmitted by mosquito bites. Since COVID-19 is believed to be a respiratory virus and not a blood-borne virus, it can only be transmitted through the aerosols of an infected person. 

Macro of mosquito sucking blood isolated on white background. Myth Busters: Mosquitoes Can’t Spread COVID-19.

6. Myth Busters: Hand Dryers Can’t Kill The Coronavirus 

Hand dryers or similar devices can’t effectively kill the novel coronavirus. The heat in these devices doesn’t elevate to a temperature that can kill the virus. Currently, the only way to kill the virus on your hands is by washing them with soap and water or by cleansing them with an alcohol-based hand rub. 

7. Myth Busters: Drinking Alcohol Doesn’t Prevent or Cure COVID-19 

Alcohol works as a disinfectant on your skin, but it can’t kill the virus in your body. This particular misconception has been flying around since the beginning out of the outbreak. In reality, evidence suggests that alcohol weakens the ability of the immune system to fight viral infections. So drinking alcohol when contracted with the coronavirus might just worsen your health conditions.   

With global travel and interdependencies, the novel coronavirus has been spreading like never before. Currently, there are only a few proven ways you can protect yourself from the virus. Firstly, to avoid getting infected you need to thoroughly clean your hands. Secondly, you need to maintain a physical distance of at least 1 meter from others. Most importantly, you need to avoid touching your face at all costs. 

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