12 Aug 5 COVID-19 Myth Busters
Since the Coronavirus pandemic first began at the end of last year, there have been several false pieces of information circulating. From how to protect yourself, where the virus first began and even how to cure yourself of the COVID-19 virus. But with all this information circulating it can be hard to identify the facts from the myths. So, here at Bio Decon, we have compiled the top MythBusters from the World Health Organisation to help you keep informed.
Myth: People should wear masks during exercise.
Although masks are now mandatory inside shops and on public transport people should not be wearing masks while exercising. Wearing a mask while undergoing exercise may reduce your ability to breathe comfortably. As exercise causes the body to produce sweat, a mask would become wet very quickly, making breathing a lot harder. The moisture of sweat on the mask would also encourage microorganisms to grow.
Remember: When taking part in any exercise it is vital to maintain social distancing.
Myth: Coronavirus is caused by bacteria.
The Coronavirus disease, COVID-19, is in fact caused by a virus. Viruses are microscopic parasites. But unlike bacteria, viruses can’t survive without a host. This is because viruses lack the capacity to reproduce outside of a host (a body). Bacteria and viruses can cause many common infections. Antibiotics are medications that are used to treat bacterial infections, but unlike bacterial infections Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections. Some people who become ill with COVID-19 may also develop a bacterial infection, in which case antibiotics may be provided. Currently, there is no medication or licensed drugs available to prevent or cure COVID-19.
Remember: If you have or develop symptoms you should self-isolate for at least 7 days. Notify your health care provider for further guidance.
Myth: Prolonged use of medical masks causes CO2 intoxication and oxygen deficiency.
There is no denying wearing medical masks (surgical masks) for long periods of time can be uncomfortable, but it does not lead to CO2 intoxication or oxygen deficiency! It is though extremely important when wearing a medical mask to make sure it fits properly. This will not only ensure it is effective but help you breathe normally.
Remember: Never reuse a disposable mask. As soon as the mask becomes wet change it.
Myth: 5G mobile networks spread COVID-19
COVID-19 is a virus, which spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. Viruses are not able to travel through radio waves or mobile networks. Infection can also take place when someone touches their eyes, mouth or nose after touching a contaminated surface, and not via 5G networks.
Remember: Wash your hands regularly.
Myth: Certain Temperatures can kill or protect you from COVID-19.
You can catch COVID-19 no matter what temperature. Exposing yourself to high temperatures if that be in the sun, taking a hot bath or using hand dryers will not protect you from COVID-19. Nor will exposure to cooler temperatures. To ensure you protect yourself from the virus it is important you are frequently washing your hands with an alcohol-based hand gel or with soap and water.
Remember: Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
It goes without saying there has been a lot of myths surrounding COVID-19. But here at BioDecon, we hope we have been able to bust some of the myths circulating around COVID-19; through providing clarity and accurate information.