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10 Common COVID-19 Myths Busted

COVID-19 is still a growing concern to the world and new information is coming out each day about the pandemic. New myths on how it spreads or how to avoid the virus are making their way through the internet. Using reliable sources, such as, the World Health Organization and U.S. News, we have complied this list of 10 myths busted.

1. Myth: The coronavirus is airborne.

Fact: According to current evidence by the WHO, COVID-19 is primarily transmitted between people through respiratory droplets and contact routes. Meaning, droplet transmission occurs when someone close to you who is infected, sneezes or coughs. Airborne transmission is different, as this suggests that the particles remain in the air for long periods of time and can be transmitted from a distance. This has not been proven to be true but social distancing has been recommended as a precaution. 

2. Myth: Drinking alcohol will protect you against COVID-19.

Fact: This is not true! Frequent or excessive alcohol consumption can be dangerous and increases your risk of health problems. By consuming more alcohol, you are harming yourself rather than protecting yourself.

3. Myth: You won’t get COVID-19 if you drink a lot of water.

Fact: While it’s important to always stay well-hydrated, hydration alone will not prevent you from contracting the virus. Don’t be too concerned if you can’t find bottled water at the grocery store because drinking tap water works just as well.

4. Myth: Only the elderly can be infected with the coronavirus.

Fact: This is a myth! Although, older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions appear to be more vulnerable to the virus, people of all ages can be infected. WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from COVID-19, by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.

5. Myth: Antibiotics can prevent and treat the coronavirus.

Fact: No, WHO states that antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria. However, you may receive antibiotics if you are hospitalized to protect you from bacterial co-infection.

6. Myth: You can't have the flu and get the coronavirus at the same time.

Fact: This is false. It is possible have flu, as well as other respiratory illnesses, and COVID-19 at the same time. Health experts are still studying how common this can be. Keep your immune system strong during flu season with superfoods you can include in your meals, read How To Boost Your Immune System during COVID-19 to learn more.

7. Myth: Vaccines against flu will protect me against the new coronavirus. 

Fact: This is a myth! Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, however flu vaccination has many other important benefits. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness and hospitalization. Getting a flu vaccine this fall will be more important than ever. CDC recommends that all people 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccine. Contact your health insurance provider to find out where you can get a flu shot. 

8. Myth: COVID-19 can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates.

Fact: Evidence has shown that COVID-19 can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, regardless of climate. Wherever you may be located, the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands.

9. Myth: Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new coronavirus?

Fact: No. This can be dangerous if not used properly. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to your eyes and mouth. However, using alcohol and chlorine to disinfect surfaces, such as, kitchen counters, desks, or doorknobs can be useful.

10. Myth: There are specific medicines to prevent or treat the new coronavirus.

Fact: WHO has stated, to this date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus. However, those infected with the virus should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and for those with severe illness should receive optimized supportive care.

So now you have the facts! But remember, the most effective ways to ward off germs and viruses is to wash your hands with soap and water often and avoid touching your face. This is an important time to educate ourselves with reliable sources while doing our best to remain healthy and calm. To help keep your immunity strong this flu season, check out our FREE downloadable Solstice Cookbook, click the image below. Solstice-Cookbook-CTA