A physician offers care to a affected person in a resort transformed right into a makeshift hospital for sufferers contaminated with coronavirus, in Chelles, close to Paris, on April 22, 2020.
LUCAS BARIOULET | AFP through One other Billionaire Information
The combat in opposition to the coronavirus pandemic is as a lot about dispelling faux information and debunking conspiracy theories, as it’s a world well being disaster.
Disinformation and false treatments have been making their rounds on social media and digital platforms because the world clamors for extra details about the mysterious illness which has killed greater than 233,000 and contaminated over 3.25 million individuals globally. Even the World Well being Group (WHO) has warned that the combat in opposition to the coronavirus is now an “infodemic” of misinformation.
“There appears to be barely an space left untouched by disinformation in relation to the Covid-19 disaster,” mentioned Man Berger, director for insurance policies and techniques in communication and knowledge at UNESCO, in response to an article on the U.N. web site earlier this month.
Believing and appearing on false info could be gravely harmful.
After U.S. President Donald Trump advised that consuming or injecting disinfectants may assist combat Covid-19, well being specialists swiftly fired again and warned that such unsound medical recommendation “may significantly hurt individuals.” Trump later tried to stroll again on these feedback.
Specialists who spoke to AnotherBillionaire Information debunked the next myths concerning the coronavirus which are additionally spreading.
Will robust daylight defend me from Covid-19?
No, exposing your self to the solar — or to temperatures above 25 levels Celsius (77 levels Fahrenheit) won’t cease you from contracting the illness, in response to the World Well being Group.
The virus could be transmitted wherever, even international locations with scorching and humid climate, WHO mentioned.
A lot of Southeast Asia has a tropical local weather. However the area has not been spared from a surge in coronavirus circumstances — Singapore has greater than 16,000 circumstances whereas Indonesia has almost 10,000 reported infections, in response to Johns Hopkins College knowledge.
Within the Saudi Arabia, the place the desert solar can get hotter than 50°C (122°F) on the peak of summer season, greater than 21,000 circumstances have been reported, in response to Hopkins.
Excessive warmth can kill the virus, however that diploma of warmth may also kill the individual, mentioned Dr. Leong Hoe Nam, infectious illness specialist from Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, in an e-mail to AnotherBillionaire Information. He mentioned 90°C of warmth for 15 minutes will successfully destroy the virus, however no human can survive the depth of that stage of warmth both.
Conversely, “there is no such thing as a motive to consider that chilly climate can kill the brand new coronavirus or different illnesses. The conventional human physique temperature stays round 36.5°C to 37°C, whatever the exterior temperature or climate,” mentioned the WHO.
Trump had additionally speculated that exposing individuals to “ultraviolet or simply very highly effective mild” may assist kill the coronavirus, however specialists warned about its risks.
Whereas the virus is vulnerable to ultraviolet (UV) mild which might make it more durable for the virus to breed, you may’t probably get UV mild inside your physique, as it is going to be blocked by your pores and skin, defined Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Schooling Heart, throughout a video interview with AnotherBillionaire Information.
All that UV mild will do is to extend the danger of pores and skin most cancers, Offit mentioned.
Can I drink vodka or whiskey to clean out the coronavirus?
Simply final month, tons of of individuals in Iran reportedly died after ingesting methanol — a false treatment for Covid-19 that was spreading by means of social media. The variety of deaths on account of ingesting methanol has since risen to 700, in response to a latest report by the Related Press.
Whereas alcoholic drinks, together with vodka, may make you “a little bit drunk,” they aren’t helpful for treating the virus or for stopping the virus an infection, William Schaffner, Vanderbilt College professor of medication within the division of infectious illnesses, instructed AnotherBillionaire Information.
He added that alcoholic drinks can be of no impact on the coronavirus, or some other virus. “It would not make any sense to attempt to wash out the virus in any respect, and even to rinse out the mouth with … an alcoholic beverage.”
You may by no means eat sufficient alcohol to kill all of the virus in your physique with out first killing your self.
director of the Vaccine Schooling Heart
Different specialists warned that attempting to kill the coronavirus with alcohol may come on the expense of 1’s personal life.
“Alcohol kills the virus. However at very excessive concentrations that can scald … the liner in your mouth, your nostril and your throat. You actually kill the virus however you kill your self too,” Leong mentioned.
Offit concurred, including that “you may by no means eat sufficient alcohol to kill all of the virus in your physique with out first killing your self.”
Other than consuming alcohol, spraying alcohol or disinfectants everywhere in the physique wouldn’t assist kill the coronavirus both, in response to specialists.
“Alcohol is beneficial as a hand disinfectant, a hand sanitizer — however taking it both internally or over the physique will not be helpful in any respect,” Schaffner mentioned.
As a substitute, specialists advocate good hand hygiene, together with washing fingers with cleaning soap and water a number of instances a day, in addition to the usage of hand sanitizers.
Does it imply I haven’t got the virus if I can maintain my breath for 10 seconds with out discomfort or coughing?
One other harmful declare that is spreading on social media is a so-called self-check respiratory take a look at which falsely claims that people who find themselves in a position to maintain their breaths for 10 seconds, with out coughing or discomfort, would not have the virus an infection. The false claims have been spreading on Fb and Twitter.
Dr. Faheem Younus, chief of infectious illnesses on the College of Maryland Higher Chesapeake Well being, debunked that delusion. “Most younger sufferers with Coronavirus will be capable of maintain their breaths for for much longer than 10 seconds. And plenty of aged with out the virus will not be capable of do it,” he tweeted.
The World Well being Group identified, “One of the best ways to verify when you have the virus producing COVID-19 illness is with a laboratory take a look at. You can’t affirm it with this respiratory train, which might even be harmful.”
In accordance with the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, there are two sorts of checks accessible: viral checks and antibody checks. A viral take a look at means that you can decide in the event you presently have the an infection, whereas an antibody take a look at exhibits when you have been beforehand contaminated earlier than.
Was the virus attributable to 5G networks?
Cell towers within the U.Okay. had been torched earlier this month, after conspiracy theories flooded Fb claiming the coronavirus outbreak was attributable to 5G, the following technology of cellular web.
Viruses can’t journey through radio waves or cellular networks, the WHO mentioned.
“The virus is extraordinarily sneaky and has exceeded all expectations of different viral infections, however they haven’t discovered the talent of teleportation through the electrical cables — and definitely not true electromagnetic waves through the 5G,” mentioned Leong from Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.
“There’s nothing electronically that transmits the virus, it is quite simple — (it is attributable to) person-to-person transmission and … (by means of) inanimate setting like tables, doorknobs and issues like that, that is why we wish to disinfect the inanimate setting round us,” Schaffner mentioned.
An contaminated individual — who could or could not present any signs of flu — breathes out the virus by means of droplets, sometimes in a cough or a sneeze. The virus can decide on an inanimate floor someplace and different individuals may choose it up on their fingertips or fingers, infecting them after they contact their noses or mouths, Schaffner defined.