Myths of COVID-19 debunked

Author: FITivate | Published date: July 8, 2021 | Category: Medical

Myth 1

You can protect yourself from COVID-19 by injecting, swallowing, and bathing in bleach, disinfectants, or alcohol. 

Fact : These products are highly toxic and should never be swallowed or injected into the body.

Myth 2

COVID-19 was deliberately created or released by people.

Fact : Viruses can mutate over time. Occasionally, a disease outbreak happens when a virus that is common in an animal, such as a pig, bat or bird undergoes changes and passes to human beings. This is likely how the COVID-19 came about.

Myth 3

Buying products that are shipped from overseas will make a person sick.

Fact : As of this writing, the World Health Organization ( WHO ) says that the likelihood of becoming infected with COVID-19 from a commercial package is very low.

Myth 4

To reduce your risk of COVID-19, avoid any form of cold drinks and ice cream, and thoroughly cook meat and eggs before eating.

Fact : COVID-19 is not spread through food and water. It is spread through close contact with infected persons, specifically through the spread of emitted droplets.

Myth 5

Black or African people get COVID-19 more easily.

Fact : Anyone of any race or religion can get COVID-19. Older people and people with other health conditions such as heart diseases, diabetes and asthma are more at risk of getting seriously ill.

Myth 6

Exposing yourself to the sun or to high temperatures can prevent COVID-19.

Fact : Sunny or hot weather does not kill the virus. Countries with perpetual hot climate have cases of COVID-19 just like any other regions.

Myth 7

Taking Chloroquine or anti-HIV medications can cure COVID-19.

Fact : At the moment there is no proven cure for COVID-19. Please continue to see your trusted doctor if you are unwell and do not attempt to treat yourself with your own stock of Chloroquine or anti-HIV medications.

Myth 8

Multivitamin can help me prevent COVID-19.

Fact : Multivitamin are good for supplementation to your existing diet. However there is no evidence to suggests that taking multivitamin and high doses of vitamin C can prevent COVID-19.

Ending note : Do note that there are many unverified COVID-19 information that can be found in the internet space, so always consult a trained medical professional when in doubt

By : Dr Chen Yiming

Family Physician, MBBS (Singapore), GDFM (NUS), GDFP Dermatology (NUS)



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