What is the Coronavirus disease?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of viruses that are zoonotic, which means they are transmitted between animals and humans. These cause illness which may be mild like the common cold or much severe ones like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Researchers have also discovered many such coronaviruses that are found in animals but have not yet infected humans. Study shows that MERS-CoV was transmitted from dromedary camels to humans, while SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats.
Coronavirus disease or COVID-19 is a new member of the coronavirus family. It was discovered in December 2019 and has not been identified in humans ever before. Scientists have not yet been able to assure the origin of the transmission of this disease.
Symptoms of COVID-19?
The common early symptoms include:
- Respiratory Symptoms
- Shortness of breath
- Breathing Difficulties
In more severe cases, a person may face
- severe acute respiratory syndrome
- kidney failure
- and even death
Coronavirus myths available in the social networks
Social Media University is doing more harm to the general public than the virus itself. People have uncontrollable doubts and horrifying myths nation-wide. Organizations and news channels have since then taken up the responsibility of clearing those myths world-wide.
- Coronavirus is untransmittable in areas with hot and humid climate: No, it can. According to the recent facts, coronavirus can spread both in hot and cold climatic regions.
- Cold weather and snow kills coronavirus: There is no such theory of cold climate killing coronavirus. Moreover, the body temperature remains constant at around 35.5°C-37°C. So, once a person is infected by a coronavirus, he is most likely to retain it until cured.
- Having a hot bath can kill the coronavirus: No, definitely not. Coronavirus is a virus that generally attacks the respiratory system. It does not stay on the body surface. However, if one comes with a coronavirus-infected person, taking a shower or washing hands with soap can act as a preventive method.
- Mosquitoes transmit Coronavirus: Honestly, scientists are unsure about the source of transmission of the new coronavirus. However, there is also no fact mentioning about the spread of coronavirus through mosquitoes. It is a respiratory virus and spreads through droplets when a person sneezes or coughs. Maintaining a distance of 3 feet (1 meter) from a person sneezing or coughing in public can prove beneficial.
- Hand dryers or hot objects help kill coronavirus: Hand-dryers do not kill coronavirus. The best way to disinfect your hands is by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- UV disinfection lights and thermal scanners destroy coronavirus: Using UV-lights can irritate the skin and do no help. hence, using UV-disinfection lamps are a strict no. Whereas, thermal scanners help in detecting a fever but not killing the COVID-19 virus. Also, thermal scanners give us no clue whether a person is infected or not.
- Spraying alcohol or chlorine can kill the coronavirus: No, it can only disinfect the surface of the body under appropriate recommendations. However, chlorine and alcohol can also prove harmful to mucous membranes like eyes, nose, etc.
- Vaccines against pneumonia, HIV or Ebola can cure Coronavirus: No, it cannot. For more details check HERE.
- Eating garlic prevents coronavirus: Though garlic has some exceptional medicinal properties, it does not cure coronavirus.
- Antibiotics can cure coronavirus: No, it cannot. Antibiotics do not kill viruses and bacterias. Coronavirus is a virus and hence antibiotics do no help against them.
- Scientists have discovered coronavirus medicines and vaccines: For detailed info read HERE.
- Eating meat can be harmful: Till-date, there is no such proven fact that eating meat can kill a person. However, it is advised to not eat stale meat or meat of an animal that has died of a disease.
- Not everyone who is infected with coronavirus will die. Only people with weak immune systems like old or the youngest people are facing death.
- Persons who are quarantined or released from isolation after treatment posses no more threat to other persons.
- Avoiding handshakes, wearing masks and washing hands regularly can prevent coronavirus.
- Coronavirus stays on the surfaces and grounds and spreads through the mucus of an infected person. It is not an airborne virus and cannot stay in the air for long.
- Since coronavirus is not an airborne virus, it cannot travel long in the air. However, it can reach anyone with a range of 1 meter through sneezes of an infected person.
- According to recent facts, only 3.5 % of the total infected people have died to date.