In just one week, the number of COVID-19 cases has increased by around 20%, along with the number of deaths. However, it is important to avoid panic and take protective measures, as well as avoid spreading unreliable or unscientific information. Therefore, in this article, we will talk about some of the myths and realities about coronavirus protection.
Myth #1: Masks are not the best option for protection
Reality: There is no evidence to indicate that the use of masks in patients who do not have symptoms is useful in preventing coronavirus. Panic buying has increased the price of these items. Additionally, many people do not use masks correctly and do not have sufficient sealing to prevent the virus from entering through the edges.
In case a person has a cough or sneeze, it is recommended to use a mask to protect close contacts. However, it is always preferable not to go out or work under those circumstances.
Myth #2: Coronavirus is transmitted through food.
Reality: There is currently no evidence to support this claim. In previous cases of other types of coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS, there was no evidence of this being possible. In any case, cooking food adequately at least at 60°C for 30 minutes is sufficient to kill the virus.
Myth #3: Taking vitamin D protects against coronavirus.
Reality: Recently, information has been spread without scientific evidence that vitamin D can prevent coronavirus. A study published in 2019 with around 11,000 patients showed that in patients with vitamin D deficiency, receiving supplements containing vitamin D helped decrease the risk of respiratory infections.
Myth #4: Taking vitamin C prevents respiratory infections.
Reality: Several studies published in 2007, 2017, and 2018 have described a decrease in the number of women suffering from respiratory tract infections when they consume more than 110mg/day of this vitamin. However, there was no evidence related to coronavirus, and in the case of children, it has not been shown to protect against respiratory tract infections but does decrease their duration.
Myth #5: Warm weather is a protection that could stop the spread of coronavirus.
Reality: German specialist Thomas Pietschmann says this cannot be predicted due to the limited information still available about the virus. It is known that coronavirus has a fatty envelope that is not particularly resistant to high temperatures, which could cause the virus to disintegrate as the temperature increases. However, there is no scientific evidence on this matter.
Myth #6: Pneumonia or influenza vaccines can help protect against coronavirus infection.
Reality: No, neither of the two vaccines are a protection against coronavirus, but they should not be avoided when indicated. So far, different laboratories are experimenting with 35 different types of vaccines, but concrete results have not yet been obtained. Remember that so far, we can only take preventive measures, in other words, have protection to take care of our health and those around us.
In conclusion, it is essential to separate fact from fiction when it comes to protecting ourselves from coronavirus. While there are some myths circulating about what measures can be taken to prevent the spread of the virus, it is important to rely on scientific evidence and follow the recommendations of public health experts.
Masks, for example, can be effective if used correctly, and there is no evidence that coronavirus can be transmitted through food. While vitamin D and vitamin C may have some benefits, they are not a foolproof way to prevent infection. The impact of weather on the virus is still unknown, and pneumonia or influenza vaccines do not protect against coronavirus.
Ultimately, the best protection is to follow social distancing guidelines, practice good hygiene, and stay informed about the latest developments.