5 Things You Need to Know About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Given the massive scale of the rise in cases and deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it is only natural for misinformation and myths to circulate and overpower facts and information. Myths only serve the purpose of creating panic and chaos.

In this article, we will help you differentiate between myths and accurate facts to promote awareness and help you understand the coronavirus pandemic.

Let’s get started, shall we?

1. Face masks are not as effective as they seem

Coronavirus: Face masks are not that useful

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Even though face masks have rapidly emerged as the first line of defense between a person and the coronavirus, there is very little evidence to prove that they are actually useful. Their effectiveness is undermined by the loose coverage, which fails to cover the eyes. Moreover, these masks cannot be worn for longer periods, and a person is bound to take them off, hence, breaking down the defenses.

Since face masks tend to get sweaty, they have to be changed regularly in order to really protect oneself against contamination. In order to protect oneself against the coronavirus, there are many other more effective prevention measures.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), these measures are effective:

  • Dispose tissues in a closed bin.
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Frequently use a sanitizer to keep hands clean.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow or a tissue while sneezing.
  • Maintain at least one meter distance with people who are sneezing and coughing.

Many believe that eating garlic, rinsing the nose with saline solutions, using mouthwash or dabbing the nose with sesame oil are effective remedies to prevent the virus. However, the WHO has clarified that none of these remedies will protect against contamination.

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