Fake news about COVID-19 that have been spread on the internet
During these times, false beliefs about COVID-19 have been disseminated, showing treatments, cures and prevention methods. It is important that when you require information about this disease, look for reliable sources and receive guidance from experts as everything you see on the internet may not be true.
At Educonnecting we want to keep you well-informed, this is why here we bring you a list of false beliefs about COVID-19 so you don’t fall into disinformation:
1. High temperatures kill the virus:
Since the appearance of this virus, it was speculated that the outbreak spread rapidly because in China the temperatures were low, but that in places with temperatures above 27 degrees it could not spread, a claim that was not valid since there’s no scientific evidence to back it up.
You can get coronavirus, no matter if the day is sunny. Countries with a warm climate have reported cases of COVID-19.
To protect yourself, it is important that you wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
2. Taking vitamin C is an effective treatment
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) conducted research on this component and concluded that there is no strong scientific evidence to support the use of this vitamin while having COVID-19.
3. MMS (miracle mineral supplement) is an effective treatment
According to the TGA, this is a product that contains sodium chlorite, a chemical element that represents a serious risk to human health, classified as a POISON.
So it is not approved for any therapeutic use to treat coronavirus.
4. UV rays kill the virus
UV lamps should not be used on the hands or on any other area of the skin to prevent COVID-19.
Like sunbathing without sunscreen, UV lamps can cause skin irritation and long-term damage. Equally, they can be harmful to our eyes.
5. Eating garlic / immune boosters prevents infection
Según la Organización Mundial de la Salud “El ajo es un alimento saludable que puede tener algunas propiedades antimicrobianas. Sin embargo, no hay evidencia de que comer ajo haya protegido a las personas del COVID-19”.
6. If you hold your breath for 10 seconds, it means that you are not sick.
Holding your breath for 10 seconds without coughing does not indicate that you are free of coronavirus. If someone has an acute viral infection, it may be difficult for them to breathe deeply. However, deep breathing does not mean that you are free of COVID-19. Symptoms in people can vary and the only way to determine if you have the virus or not is through a test.
7. Hand dryers kill coronavirus
Hand dryers expel hot air and are not designed to disinfect materials from harmful organisms. To disinfect your hands, you should wash them with soap and water or clean them with an alcohol-based disinfectant.
8. There is a secret cure / vaccine for coronavirus
There is currently no treatment or vaccine for COVID-19. Scientists from around the world, including those from the University of Queensland and the Doherty Institute, are working hard to find a vaccine.
The World Health Organization estimates that a vaccine will be available to the public within 18 months.
At the moment, the best thing you can do is to have good hygiene, comply with social distancing and if you can stay at home.
9. Microwaves disinfect the face masks
Doing this is definitely a bad idea, as microwave radiation can burn your face mask in the first place. Second, if the mask contains metal, it will damage your microwave to the point that it can catch fire.
If you have a reusable mask, simply put it in the washing machine with detergent to disinfect it.
10. Gargling with salt water will prevent the coronavirus
Gargling with salt water does not prevent COVID-19. While gargling is a common treatment for a sore throat, there is no evidence to suggest that it would eliminate or prevent the coronavirus.
11. 5G networks are spreading the virus
5G mobile networks do not transmit COVID-19. According to the Australian Agency for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (ARPANSA) "The claims that 5G networks have caused or are related to the coronavirus are completely unfounded".
Similarly, the World Health Organization has stated:
“Viruses cannot travel on radio waves / mobile networks. COVID-19 has spread in countries that do not have 5G mobile networks."
"COVID-19 is transmitted through respiratory drops when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. People can also become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their eyes, mouth or nose."
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