The Covid19 coronavirus spread to every part of the world, except Antarctica. The World Health Organisation declared the virus a global pandemic.
With a virus of this scale having social and economic implications to nearly every country in the world, chances are that mis-information flies thick and fast.
We've summed up a few common myths and misconceptions around coronavirus to keep you better informed.
The origin of the virus is from drinking bat soup
Although experts point out that the virus may have originated from bats, there's no scientific literature as of now to back this claim. Rumours of the virus spreading from bat soup are false
Drinking bleach solution will cure the virus
Some conspiracy theories have suggested that drinking bleach will cure coronavirus. But FDA has said that not only is the claim false, but is also dangerous to one's health and well being.
Scientists have developed a test that can detect the virus
Scientists at University of Oxford have developed a rapid test for coronavirus capable of showing results in just 30 minutes
You can get coronavirus from your pet
A 17-year old dog in Hong Kong was the first case of coronavirus in pets. The dog contracted the virus from its 60-year old owner and later died. Scientists say that you're more likely to give the virus to the pet than the other way around
Washing hands is better than sanitizer
Scientists recommend that washing your hands is better than using a sanitizer because it removes the dirt and also the pathogens that cling to it. If soap and water are not available, sanitizer with 60 per cent alcohol should do.