As per the current times, there is increased education and awareness on the COVID 19 pandemic. Most people are much aware that it exists however this does not stop a few from creating myths, more or less lack of proper knowledge. The following are just but a few myths associated with the disease.
There is this belief that once a person tests negative they are considered safe. A negative test at a time does not mean that one cannot contract the disease once one is in contact with an infected person. (Narayana, G, at el, 2020).
Consumption of some supplements such as vitamin D, zinc, essential oils, and other nutritional supplements cannot prevent or treat coronavirus infection. These products are used to boost immunity making a person stronger when it comes to fighting diseases. The best ways recommended for protection getting vaccinated, wearing a mask at all times, keeping your hands clean by sanitizing, and practicing physical distancing. Effective hand sanitizers contain alcohol, which is formulated to be safe for use on hands and cannot be drunk under any condition.
Although distancing might not always work it is always safe to be conscious of where a person is going and the crowds they are at.
There are false reports that drinking warm or hot water, or washing the nose with saline solution, will protect you from COVID-19 whenever one is exposed to the virus. (Narayana, G, at el, 2020). This cannot be true under any means. Once in contact with the virus, they cannot be seen either washed away from the throat by any of these solutions. Other disinfectants, soaps, and bleach with the help of hot water are important steps in preventing the spread of the virus. Washing surfaces with these kills the virus on surfaces and constant cleaning is advised. It is important to note that these products are not used in self-medication. The only way for treatment is hospitalization and getting the right medication.
Children also can get COVID-19. Children have high immunity levels but are at risk as same as anybody else, as well transmit the disease. Currently, there are no vaccines approved for children under the age of 12 years. All available COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO), and are safe for consumption for the recommended ages. (Narayana, G, at el, 2020). AstraZeneca vaccine and Johnson and Johnson vaccine are among the available vaccines and most used. The vaccination process is ongoing and there are hopes that in a few years to come everybody will be vaccinated making the world a step closer to stop the spread.
With the right education and knowledge availability COVID-19 will come to an end once ever body has accepted and is will to be part of the fight.
Narayana, G., Pradeepkumar, B., Ramaiah, J. D., Jayasree, T., Yadav, D. L., & Kumar, B. K. (2020). Knowledge, perception, and practices towards COVID-19 pandemic among general public of India: a cross-sectional online survey. Current medicine research and practice, 10(4), 153-159.