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Myths and facts about novel coronavirus

07 July, 2020 Arpita Karmakar

Back in December 2019, a new strain of a more infectious variant of corona virus is known to have originated in China as (SARS-CoV-2), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome- Coronavirus 2 , not being previously identified by humans.Along with China, by the end of Feb 2020, as many as 58 countries succumbed to the deadly virus, all owing to deception and ignorance. 

According to some detailed research, a large proportion of early infections in several countries went undetected and hence contributing to the contagion. As much as 80% of the cases were undocumented before lockdown or travel restrictions were implemented and much before the word quarantine came into display. 

While we wait for new effective drugs, vaccines and medication to develop and treat this 'cytokine storm' which has been fueling Covid deaths, the only way to be safe is to stay away well informed and not believe in every article or news that comes in the way. 

3MEDS, the best online medicine store where you can get 24hour medicine home delivery debunks some of the very common myths associated to Covid-19. 

Myth 1 : Getting pneumonia vaccine prevents coronavirus. 

Fact : Vaccines against pneumonia or influenza have no effects on coronavirus infection and do not provide any protection against Covid-19. Coronavirus being a new and different strain needs its own vaccine. Researchers all over the world are trying to develop a vaccine against SARS-COV-2 but being vaccinated against other respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health during this time. 

Myth 2 : Intake of Vitamin C stops coronavirus disease spread. 

Fact : Known as Ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is helpful in the formation of collagen, absorption of iron and repairing the immune system. Regular intake of Vitamin C boosts our immunity but do not provide a complete protection against Covid-19. It is really important to not go overboard with vitamin C intake. 

Myth 3 : Taking hot showers kills the virus. 

Fact : Taking a hot shower will certainly not prevent a person from catching COVID-19. A person's normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the hotness or coldness of the bath or shower. Rather taking a bath with extremely hot water can be adversely harmful, as it may burn our skin. 

Myth 4 : Lemon, Ginger and Turmeric prevents Covid-19. 

Fact : Lemon, ginger, turmeric etc have excellent benefits. But it's important to not go by the rumors that it will cure Covid-19. It is recommended to consume sufficient fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet, undergo social distancing and frequent handwashing to prevent COVID-19. 

Myth 5 : There is a 100% risk of dying if someone's infected with Covid-19. 

Fact : It's absolutely the most bizzare myth that coronavirus infection means death. For most people COVID-19 causes only mild illness with common symptoms. But it can make some people very ill leading to fatality. But as observed the recovery rate is very high. Aged people, and those with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer etc appear to be more vulnerable than the rest of the people. 

Myth 6 : Drinking alcohol or bleach cure coronavirus infection. 

Fact : Consumption of alcohol, bleach or sprinkling chlorine in clothes will not kill the corona virus in the inhaled air. Also it will not disinfect our mouth and throat and wouldn't give any kind of protection against COVID-19. Rather intake of alcohol and other harmful substances could turn out to be very dangerous. 

Myth 7 : Only aged people are affected by Covid-19 

Fact : Senior Citizens are  undoubtedly the hardest hit by COVID-19 but they aren't the only one affected.  Young people and the mid-aged are not invincible. Rather deaths were highest among people who had pre-existing health problems regardless of their age or even gender. It's important to keep the immune system healthy and running to be able to save from the reach of coronavirus. 

Myth 8 : Drinking a lot of warm water flush coronaviruses out of the body. 

Fact : There is no evidence that the coronavirus can be killed at higher temperatures. Drinking warm water or getting enough sunlight may have other health benefits but they surely can't flush the virus out of the body or stop them from multiplying. But it's important to drink at least 8 glasses of water regularly to stay fit and keep the immune system healthy. 

Conclusion-

Now, worry has coiled into our lungs but we have to let it cough itself out eventually. Nothing but the warmth and comfort of our own house and loved ones can help us fight this enemy. So, the best medicine delivery app suggests everyone to stay at home and order medicines online at a discounted maximum of 23%.