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10 Coronavirus Myths debunked

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

11th Mar, 2020. 08:30 pm
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Dr Marvin Hsiao, senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town  and the principle pathologist debunks the 10 most common myths about the coronavirus.

Since the emergence of the novel coronavirus, there has been a lot myths circulating

Amid the severity of the virus outbreak, a lot people around the world are taking precautions to make sure they do not become infected.  There is so much that is already being wrote about the issue, that it can be confusing to differentiate the facts from the myths.

Dr Marvin Hsiao, of the National Health Laboratory Service at the University of Cape Town told facts about the virus and debunk the myths.

Below are ten coronavirus myths vs facts. .

  1. Wearing a face mask will prevent from being infected by the novel coronavirus

No. That is not true:  Surgical mask reduces spreading from the infected person but does not prevent infection.

  1. Coronavirus can be spread via breathing

No. That is not true: It’s spread by droplets from cough/sneeze/speaking. The droplet can land on surfaces and spread by hands further.

  1. Coronavirus came from bat soup

No. That is not true: Scientist suspect the virus originated in bats but not from eating them.

  1. -The coronavirus was deliberately created to depopulate the world. 

No. That is not true

  1. You can get sick by receiving a package that is sent from China or any country where there is a coronavirus.

No. That is not true: The virus does not survive that long


  1. Dettol, chloroquine phosphate tablets and Lysol products help protect and fight against the spread of coronavirus

No. That is not true: There is no evidence any of this as treatment.

  1. Closing borders will stop the spread of the coronavirus. 

No. That is not true: especially many countries have porous borders and cases already exists in the country.

  1. Having constant sex kills coronavirus. 

No. That is not true: There is no evidence that suggest having sex can kill coronavirus

  1. Kids can’t get coronavirus. 

No, they can be infected.

  1. Coronavirus is a death sentence. 

No. That is not true: The fatality rate is age and health status dependent. Currently, most infected people make full recovery.





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