COVID-19, Facts VS. Myth

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Written by: Lexi Fishe, Reporter

Staying at home is the new normal now compared to daily activities of going to work or going to school. Across the world, there have been 781,830 cases confirmed and 37,502 deaths as of Mar. 31. Many people are careful about what they do. From washing hands, every single time someone touches something that isn’t what they are used to touching. People are now wearing masks and gloves to prevent them from getting COVID-19.  According to cdc.gov, below are a few statements by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and what advice they have to offer for people wondering about COVID-19: 

  • “You can recover from the coronavirus disease (COVID- 19). Catching the new coronavirus DOES NOT mean you will have it for life.”  For most people who catch this, they can recover and eliminate the virus from their bodies. The CDC has said that if someone has any of the symptoms (cough, fever and difficulty breathing) is to seek medical attention early. But before people do this, they must call their health facility first to avoid the panic at the hospitals. In conclusion, most patients recover from this virus. According to worldmeters.info, 80% of people who get this virus recover from it and it’s symptoms within two weeks. By staying home, this can prevent the spread and can properly recover within that time frame. 
  • “COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climate conditions.” This statement is false. You can get the virus in all areas no matter where someone is. Regardless of the climate, people should avoid travel to any other places especially if cases are common in that area. 
  • “Does the new COVID-19 affect older people, or are younger people also susceptible?” People of all ages can be affected by this virus. However, older people and people with preexisting medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely sick if they catch this virus. According to the CDC, 73% of people who had an underlying health condition have died from getting COVID-19. 
  • “Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus?” No, antibiotics do not prevent catching the viruses, only bacteria. The new coronavirus is a virus and therefore antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment. If someone is hospitalized, however, they will receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible. 
  • “Not only by flying overseas is affecting people by getting it, but now just by talking and breathing around another person can get it.” COVID-19 can live on any surface for several hours or up to several days depending on how the surface is treated. The more we come in contact with other people, the higher the risk it is of spreading the virus. By staying home, this can prevent the spread and can properly recover within that time frame.