With the daily rise in coronavirus infections in India and the tally reaching 14,199 cases and 83 deaths in the last 24 hours, it’s time to stay informed and safe, and bust Covid myths and rumours floating around us. The government has been continuously trying to educate people on various myths taking rounds on social media platforms asking them not to fall for any misinformation. Here is a list of rumours and realities that people must remember.
Myth #1. No need to wear mask after vaccination
Myth #2. Vaccine can’t protect against UK variant of Covid-19
Myth #3. People with history of Covid infection don’t need vaccination
Myth #4. Only one dose of vaccine is required to immune yourself from COVID-19
Myth #5. People above 60 years will not be vaccinated
Myth #6. Only senior citizens and medical staff will get vaccinated
Myth #7. Indian vaccines are less effective as compared to those of other countries
Myth #8. There are side-effects of Covid-19 vaccines
Myth #9. Coronavirus is not a pandemic
Myth #10. Why is Covid-19 given so much importance, while TB kills more people
Not only that. There are also rumours spreading on social media platforms that no preventive measures and precautions are to be taken after taking the vaccine at the site. People should not believe such misinformation.
Corona FACTS wrap
Here are some facts about coronavirus that must not be forgotten:
#1. Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the coronavirus.
#2. Hand dryers are NOT effective in killing the coronavirus.
#3. There is NO evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the coronavirus.
#4. Coronavirus CAN be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates.
#5. Ultraviolet light SHOULD NOT be used for sterilization and can cause skin irritation.
#6. Garlic is healthy but there is NO evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the coronavirus.
#7. The coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.
#8. Thermal scanners CAN detect if people have a fever but CANNOT detect whether or not someone has the coronavirus.
#9. Antibiotics DO NOT work against viruses, antibiotics only work against bacteria.
#10. There is NO evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can transmit the coronavirus.
#11. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body WILL NOT kill viruses that have already entered your body.
#12. Till now, there is NO specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the coronavirus.
#13. Taking a hot bath DOES NOT prevent the coronavirus.
#14. Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine, DO NOT provide protection against the coronavirus.