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By - Ankita

Fight Coronavirus Bias: Know it's Symptoms and Clarify the Myths

The question of what’s true or false about the novel Coronavirus has increased doubts and misconceptions among communities across the globe. The current unprecedented outlook  urges all to stay safe at home. With limited outdoor activities, people are more involved with social media and television units and tend to share things. Many are scouring the internet for any information or trivia they can find to safeguard themselves and their loved ones But before clicking that share button, one needs to decide objectively and analyse the accuracy of online news/information. To stay updated about the COVID-19 pandemic, people need to grab health information and differentiate from misinformation and false content about any illness and outbreak. To expand a better understanding and clarification between Coronavirus myths and facts, read the awareness of what to follow or avoid from verified sources only.

 

What is Coronavirus and its symptoms?

 

Firstly, Coronavirus is one type of virus amid several different kinds that cause illness. The newly identified Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has created a worldwide pandemic of respiratory illness dubbed as COVID-19. The disease emerged in China in December 2019 and has created a racist buzz around the globe.

 

According to the survey of The Takshashila Institution majority of Indians think China was responsible for the pandemic. A significant number of people not in India but around the world were even calling Coronavirus as ‘Chinese virus,’ ‘Wuhan virus’, which is a racist and stigmatising. A large number of aspects highlighted in the survey blamed China for not controlling the virus and it is using it as a means to become a global power.

 

 

Moving on, scientists are understudying Coronavirus and revealing new symptoms that can prevent future waves of infections. Regular examination will prevent communities from future outbreaks.

●Cough

●Fever or chills

●Shortness of breath or breathing difficulty

●Muscle or body aches

●Sore throat

●New loss of taste or smell

●Diarrhoea

●Headache

●Fatigue

●Nausea or vomiting

●Congestion or running nose

 

Remember, these symptoms may occur in many other medical conditions. So, before jumping to any conclusions - read the symptoms, its effect and other confusions.

 

Coronavirus Myths vs Facts

 

Misinformation travels faster than real information and to extract all these miscommunications, WHO has warned about untrue articles, rumours and social media posts. There are a range of people who are helping people to be safe and secure and what is needed to know about Coronavirus pandemic.

 

Can Coronavirus spread in hot and humid areas?

 

Research shows COVID-19 virus can spread in ALL AREAS, including places of hot and humid weather.

 

To avoid infection can we drink warm water regularly? Do multivitamins help?

 

There’s no relation between drinking warm water and prevention from Coronavirus. Drinking warm water and getting enough sunlight doesn’t kill infection, say studies. For example, sunlight gives good vitamin D and regular exposure can lead to sunburn. Having a single supplement doesn’t prevent Coronavirus infection rather other vitamins and nutrients are important for a strong immune system.

 

Can drinking and spraying alcohol and chlorine protect against new Coronavirus?

 

Well no! Such activities can’t prevent infection from entering the human body. Additionally, alcohol and chlorine are used for sterilising exteriors but that too with specific instructions.

 

Can Pneumonia vaccine prevent COVID-19?

 

No, Pneumonia vaccines such as ‘pneumococcal vaccine’ and ‘Haemophilus influenza B (Hib)’ are not a vaccine for Coronavirus. Till date, no vaccine can prevent Coronavirus, though researchers and scientists around the world are working on developing effective vaccines to fight respiratory illness.

 

Does coronavirus only affect older people?

 

No, Coronavirus affects people with low immune systems, including older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions. People with asthma, diabetes, heart diseases and more are more vulnerable to viruses. WHO has urged people of ALL AGES to take precaution and adhere to safety and hygiene protocols.

 

Can we wear masks when exercising?

 

No, as per the guidance of WHO, don’t wear masks when exercising because it may reduce the ability to breathe. The significant factor considered when exercising is a social distancing of at least one metres from others.

 

Can regular use of COVID-19 masks lead to CO2 intoxication?

 

No! Prolonged use of medical masks does create inconvenience but it doesn’t lead to CO2 intoxication nor oxygen deficiency. Make sure to use a proper fit mask that allows you to breathe easy. Don’t use disposable masks that increase pollution with their limited use.

 

Can thermal scanners detect COVID-19?

 

No, a certain set of processes and examinations are conducted to test COVID-19, and thermal scanners merely help in detection of fever. Also, remember high temperature doesn’t mean anyone is infected with Coronavirus and if there’s any kind of confusion seek medical assistance immediately.

 

COVID-19 person will have a virus their entire life?

 

No, the simple fact is those who catch COVID-19 can recover and remove virus infection from their bodies. It doesn’t impact the entire life and people should adapt to a healthy immune system in future.

 

Does holding your breath for 10 seconds without cough mean that person is not affected by the virus?

 

No, as per the fact check by WHO, holding the breath for 10 seconds without coughing doesn’t mean anyone is not infected with the virus. The common symptoms are dry cough, tiredness, fever, shortness in breath etc. Get laboratory testing as soon as possible for any confusion.

 

These frequently asked questions need to spread around the world as one wrong information can affect the entire community. For more detailed aspects of facts and myths on Coronavirus, visit authentic sources like WHO, John Hopkins research centre, World Economic Forum, Harvard University and more.

 

Role of social media in misinformation

 

The most important factor is how we can safeguard ourselves from social media’s circulation of information. A study by MIT showed social media creates the cravings for likes and shares, affecting the ability to objectively analyse information. MIT scholars gave a new insight that may help to reduce COVID-19 news, and that includes nudging them about the accuracy.
Social media influence’s people and affects their partisan views and habits, including judging news stories and their accuracy. The research helps in understanding the prolonging situation prevailing in the world.

 

Final Note

 

Coronavirus myths busted - The fight of Coronavirus includes analysing the situation and then acting upon the same. World leaders and organisations are adhering to necessary precautions that safeguard the world from the present scenario and with its impact in future. Misinformation can lead to a mishap that'd be sure before sharing and be sure before getting out. The unprecedented situation will end if the world will come together and combat with all necessary precautions.