5 COVID-19 Myths Debunked: What You Can Really do to Keep Safe
At A Glance:
- 5G Mobile Network Towers
- The Age of People Who Are Infected
- The 10-second Cough Myth
- The Sun & Hot Weather
- Masks & Exercise
What You Can Do
- Vitamin D
- Eat well
- Mask in populated areas
The information floating around the internet and media outlets is becoming very hard to follow. One minute it’s yes to masks, then no, then yes again. Then it’s surfaces hold COVID, then they don’t, then they do again.
It’s hard to keep up! What’s more dangerous is the widespread myths and conspiracies that are taking over our rational thinking. We have put together 5 of the myths that we have to debunk so that we can focus on what we can do. Enjoy:
Myth 1: COVID is from 5G Towers
The online conspiracy that 5G towers are creating radiation poisoning and the government is covering up this by saying it’s a COVID-19 virus - FALSE.
The truth is that COVID-19 is a virus. Viruses cannot travel through radio waves or mobile networks. COVID-19 is a novel Coronavirus. Coronaviruses are not new. Much like influenza, each year there are new strands that mutate and COVID-19 is a new Coronavirus mutation which was originally only in specific animals, but now it has mutated to humans.
Myth 2: Coronavirus Only Affects Old People
The truth is that COVID-19 can affect and infect people of all ages. The immune system is the underlying factor of what determines the risk of fatal COVID infection. Not the patient's age.
Myth 3: The 10-Second Cough Test
The myth was that if you can hold your breath for 10 seconds without coughing you’re unlikely to have COVID.
We have no idea where this online myth appeared but sad to say it just isn’t that easy to determine whether you have COVID or not. Currently the only method to safely determine COVID infection is through an approved nasal swab test.
Myth 4: The Sun & Hot Weather
There are myths going around that the sun and hot weather fights COVID.
According to The World Health Organisation this is unfortunately an inaccurate statement. While it is still believed that UV (the light emitted directly from the sun) can kill COVID droplets immediately there are still plenty of “sunny” countries that are returning COVID numbers.
So while there are elements of (alleged) truth to this statement, we urge you to still be careful.
Myth 5: You Should Exercise with a Mask On
Exercising with a mask is actually NOT good for you or your health. Wearing a mask while exercising can limit the ability to breathe comfortably. As sweat builds up in the mask, it can become wet and stick to your mouth, making it harder to breathe.
WHO advises not to wear masks while exercising.
What Can You Do?
Build Your Immune System!
With everything happening with this pandemic it has been a wake up to all of us and the great importance our immune system plays in fighting off disease (and viruses). Here are some ways that you can boost your immune system: (we are not medical advisors, we urge you see a doctor to confirm these)
- Take Vitamin D supplements (our body needs this and supplementation is the best form)
- Vitamin C supplementation
- Exercise regularly
- Improved eating: add leafy greens and vegetables to every lunch and dinner.
- remove sugar from your diet as much as possible.
Wear A Mask In Populated Areas
Masks help reduce the risk of cross-infection. When going to highly populated areas such as shopping malls or restaurants we advise wearing a mask.
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We hope that this has helped. Please share this article to your social media to help spread the word.
From the team at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties.