At the beginning of the pandemic, when so little was known about the coronavirus, people wanted more information. Unfortunately, the desire for an answer immediately led to the spread of myths. Added to the confusion was the fact that health experts changed their advice more than once as the virus was updated. Huffpost recalled outdated advice and myths popular at the beginning of the pandemic - all of which had long lost their relevance.
At the beginning of a pandemic, some experts suggested that the virus might be seasonal and possibly inactive in the summer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA
) are now only saying that the impact of weather and temperature on coronavirus is not clear.
Myth: masks are useless.
Recommendations about masks changed during the pandemic, with physicians initially tending to discourage those who were not sick from wearing them. But now health experts suggest that everyone should wear masks in public places where social distance is not possible - to protect each other.
Myth: masks will definitely protect you from the virus.
Masks can slow down the spread of coronavirus, but you can't rely on them. Regular hand washing, keeping a distance and breaking the habit of touching your face are important in any case.
Myth: You can even get infected through parcel packaging.
Despite the initial concern, the risk of infection by touching packages, parcels, etc. was very low. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explain, coronavirus does not survive well on surfaces, so it is unlikely that you will get sick because of unpacking a parcel - especially since it is delivered for a long time.
Myth: Children don't get coronavirus.
As the WHO specifies, the group at high risk is elderly and people with existing diseases. But you can get sick at any age. This also applies to children.
Myth: pets can spread the virus.
It has happened that pets had a positive result on COVID-19, but the risk of the virus spreading from animals to humans is considered low.
Myth: If you have no symptoms, you have no coronavirus.
Among the most common symptoms of coronavirus are increased body temperature, dry cough and fatigue. But sometimes COVID-19 is asymptomatic, sometimes the symptoms just haven't developed yet. Some evidence suggests that the virus may have been infected by a person with asymptomatic disease.
Myth: alcohol will protect you from the virus.
As the WHO stresses, alcohol consumption will only increase the risk of health problems.
Myth: antibiotics can prevent COVID-19 and kill the virus.
Although antibiotics have successfully dealt with some health problems, coronavirus is not one of them. Antibiotics work against bacteria, not viruses. If they are prescribed in case of illness, they can be used to treat a comorbid bacterial infection.
Myth: If you can hold your breath for a long time, then you don't have coronavirus.
If you can hold your breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or discomfort, it does not mean you do not have COVID-19. To confirm or deny the disease, you need to do a test.