Time To Debunk These Three COVID-19 Myths

April 27, 2020
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Rumors and false information can be deadlier than a disease itself.  The same can be said about coronavirus. While we still don't know everything we need to know about COVID-19, these are things that are definitely not true. Myth: Coronavirus originated from drinking “bat soup.” There is no evidence to support this particular rumor. It’s true that coronavirus can be found in bats, however, it doesn’t jump from bats to people. It needs something to bridge the jump. The rumor that the virus spread from bats was fueled by a 2016 video of a vlogger eating “bat soup,” which was recirculated after the coronavirus outbreak, prompting outrage. The video was not filmed during the current outbreak, or in Wuhan, as some people reported erroneously, but actually the South Pacific island, Palau. Myth: Skip the ibuprofen for Covid-19 fever. There were stories in the news early on suggesting that ibuprofen may worsen the course of coronavirus illness, but that turned out not to be true. The National Institute of Health (NIH) released a statement last week that there is no difference between acetaminophen and NSAIDs for reducing fever among patients with and without COVID-19. They also advise that people who are taking NSAIDs for another condition should keep on taking them in the way that they were prescribed. Myth: Covid-19 is likely to go away in summer. While there is truth that viruses tend to be seasonal, scientist and healthcare professionals just don't know yet. The World Health Organization WHO states there is evidence that the virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid weather.

SOURCE: The Healthy

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