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Covid19 myths busted: Read this before you believe in Whatsapp forwards

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Mar 24, 2020, 10:03 am IST
Updated Mar 24, 2020, 10:03 am IST
We've summed up a few common myths and misconceptions around coronavirus to keep you better informed
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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

False

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

False

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

True

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

False

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

True

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.

 

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