Common Myths about Coronavirus

2020-03-05 15:35:29



Warm weather of India and other countries will kill the virus

FALSE.  In short, there is no conclusive evidence to suggest that the spread of the disease will abate with warmer weather. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) notes that “at this time, it is not known whether the spread of COVID-19 will decrease when weather becomes warmer.”

Ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill the new coronavirus

FALSE: UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin as UV radiation can cause skin irritation

Thermal scanners in detecting people infected with the new coronavirus

FALSE: Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have developed a fever (i.e. have a higher than normal body temperature) because of infection with the new coronavirus. However, they cannot detect people who are infected but are not yet sick with fever. This is because it takes between 2 and 10 days before people who are infected become sick and develop a fever.

Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new coronavirus

FALSE: No. 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 clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth).

Ordering or buying products shipped from China will make a person sick.


FALSE: People receiving packages from China are not at risk of contracting the new coronavirus. From previous analysis, we know coronaviruses do not survive long on objects, such as letters or packages.

Eating garlic or any other Ayurvedic medicine  help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

FALSE: garlic or any other Ayurvedic medicine  may have some antimicrobial properties and increase the immunity. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.

Surgical masks can protect you from the virus

FALSE: Standard surgical masks cannot protect you from SARS-CoV-2, as they are not designed to block out viral particles and do not lay flush to the face

Getting COVID-19 is a death sentence

FALSE: That's not true. About 81% of people who are infected with the coronavirus have mild cases of COVID-19. Only around 2.3% of people infected with COVID-19 die from the virus.

Kids can't catch the coronavirus

FALSE: Children can definitely catch COVID-19, though some early statistics suggest they may be less likely to catch the virus than adults are.


Source: WHO, Livescience,