7 Myths of Covid 19
Posted October 15, 2022 by Anusha ‐ 3 min read
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most people infected with the virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. However, some will become seriously ill and require medical attention. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, or cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
Myth: The vaccines will make me sick with COVID-19.
None of the approved COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S., or that other companies are currently developing, have the live virus that causes COVID-19.
The bottom line: A COVID-19 vaccine can’t make you sick with the disease.
Myth: I won’t be able to get or stay pregnant if I take a COVID-19 vaccine.
This myth has been going around on social media.
It claims that antibodies made from the COVID-19 vaccines will bind to proteins in the placenta (the organ that gives an unborn baby food and oxygen) and stop pregnancy.
Scientific studies don’t support this idea, and no evidence links COVID-19 to infertility.
Myth: Herd immunity will slow the spread of COVID-19.
Herd immunity is when enough members of a population have developed immunity to a disease to stop it spreading through the entire population.
To reach herd immunity with COVID-19, scientists think 70 percent of us would have to either have survived COVID-19 or have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
This would cause millions more cases and deaths.
It would also put more strain on hospitals and the economy.
Plus, immunity may only last for 3-9 months. Experts prefer to stamp out the virus with vaccines.
Myth: Vitamin and mineral supplements can cure COVID-19.
Vitamins D and C and the mineral zinc can indeed boost your immune system and protect against viruses.
This is mainly true for people who lack these supplements.
But there’s no evidence that they’re a cure or treatment for COVID-19 if you already have the disease.
Myth: Drinking warm water rinses the COVID-19 virus from my throat.
While water is vital for your overall health, science doesn’t back up the idea that drinking warm water protects you from COVID-19.
The only thing it might do is soothe your throat and ease a cough if you’re already sick.
Instead of drinking warm water, wash your hands with it.
Myth: Taking a hot bath can stop COVID-19.
The idea behind this myth is that high temps can kill the coronavirus.
But taking a bath in water that’s too hot can burn your skin.
The best way to ward off COVID-19 is to wash your hands with soap and warm water.
Washing gets rid of viruses on your hands that you could transfer to your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Myth: Rinsing my nose with saline can stop COVID-19.
There’s no proof that rinsing your nose with saline protects you from getting COVID-19.
This myth may stem from the advice to use saline in your nose to treat a common cold, but it doesn’t actually stop infections.