Top COVID-19 Myths You Should NOT Believe
Suffice it to say the recent outbreak of COVID-19 has left us distressed. Of course, along with the facts of the disease, there are several COVID-19 myths that should never be believed. It doesn’t matter whether you have heard of these myths on your family WhatsApp group, or whether a supposedly reliable source was claiming them to be true on a Facebook video. Here are some COVID-19 myths you should brush aside right away.
“Because of Coronavirus, we have to stay indoors at all times.”
Well, sure, social distancing does mean that we should stay at a safe distance of at least six feet from other people. But does this imply staying indoors at all times? NO! We are informed by health-care specialists to try to keep away from people to reduce the risk of our exposure to this disease. However, we haven’t been told to stay inside our houses all day, every single day! In fact, with the lovely season of spring just around the corner, it is a better idea to spend a little time outdoors. Avoid doing it with a large group of people.
Avoid elderly neighbours.
In these technologically advanced times, staying isolated should only be limited to physical isolation. With an array of communication modes, we really can’t make an excuse about not contacting the elderly. Go ahead and give your beloved grandmother a call. Or maybe even have a Zoom chat with your aging uncle a whole continent away. Because this is yet another of the COVID-19 myths.
It is okay to play sports.
Keeping in mind that the coronavirus transmits via tiny droplets, playing sports with a whole bunch of people is probably one of the worst things you could do now. There is a lot of physical contact at very close proximity in sports. Especially team sports such as football or cricket. This is because while playing a sport, your heart beat tends to increase. You will start breathing a lot more heavily. Coronavirus is a respiratory disease. Breathing in and out this heavily could mean you could get your droplets on other people (a hazard if you are sick). Other players could get their droplets on you (a hazard if they are sick).
Unless you consider riding a bicycle or reading a book under a tree sports, this is not a great idea. Note that many parks and recreational spots have been closed off because of the global lock-down. Maybe even these two options are not such a great idea either.
It is okay to let your children play with other kids.
Somehow, people are starting to believe that children are immune to this disease. It is partially true that children appear to be less susceptible to the coronavirus and are more likely to be hospitalized if they do catch it. But the real question here is: would you really want to risk that? There are so many options to choose from; there is no need to limit your child’s activity to playing with their friends. How about pulling out a board game (Ludo, perhaps?) or setting up a small corner for the child to play in comfortably? The alternative options are endless.
It is not important to disinfect groceries.
There is a long supply chain leading from the distributor to the store. This means there are a lot of contacts in between. It would be a wise choice to wipe down your groceries, or wash them thoroughly. After purchasing the items, take them home and disinfect them carefully.
I don’t need masks or gloves when I am outside.
Absolutely not. You do need a good mask, and a pair of gloves too. For people who believe they are healthy, please bear in mind that you may have the virus without showing symptoms. Therefore you could spread the virus to someone who could have a weaker immunity than you. Yes, this is one of those COVID-19 myths. And yes, wear a mask whenever you plan to leave the house (and a bottle of sanitizer too!)
Remember, always be careful when researching on the coronavirus. Try to get the information you need from established, well-reputed sources, rather than through an anonymous Facebook status. Let us know how you’re fighting off the coronavirus in the comments!
Afsah Khalid Hashmi is researcher. Currently, doing Masters in Economics from Institute of Business Administration, (IBA) Karachi. She is freelance writer and blogger for social, and economic affairs.