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Myths & Facts: How Coronavirus Is Transmitted

It’s already 2022, two years after the emergence of the coronavirus or COVID-19 disease. By this time, we should already be familiar with what is true and not regarding COVID, right?

Sadly, that’s not the case. Despite all the information from, say, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are still many falsehoods going around. That’s especially around the case of the transmission of the virus.

And since there are still many new things being learned about COVID, it is best to separate fact from fiction. That way, you can be sure you are safe and your potential for getting infected is very low.

In no particular order, here are some myths going around about the transmission of the coronavirus. And of course, with each myth, we’re going to lay down the truth. 

Read this thoroughly before Googling “rapid test near me” or before heading to a COVID test site, okay? As much as we like you being proactive about being protected against COVID-19, we also don’t like unnecessary fear.

Let’s get to the myths!

 

Myth: You will immediately get COVID-19 from goods that came from a country with ongoing transmission.

So the truth about this is that COVID-19 can last on surfaces for many hours. That may be a cause of concern if you ordered something from somewhere with many active cases. But let us relieve you of this fear.

COVID may be present in the surfaces, but remember that the package will go through various conditions. The package will go from hot areas to cold areas back to hot areas. The variations in conditions will make it difficult for the virus to remain active.

Of course, just to be extra safe, decontaminate your package with alcohol as soon as you receive it.

 

Myth: COVID-19 can be transmitted through mosquitoes.

While mosquitoes are carriers of various illnesses such as malaria, there is no evidence to make this claim truthful. You’re likelier to get COVID through contact with an infected person.

Just the same, avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes when possible!

 

Myth: Drinking vodka protects you from getting a COVID-19 infection.

There has been some rumors going around that if you drink vodka, the virus in your throat will die. While we’re sure that consuming vodka is a pleasurable activity, that will in no way protect you against coronavirus infection. 

Plus, keep in mind that when you drink alcohol, you compromise your immune system. And that will make you more vulnerable to infection – and not just to COVID!

 

Myth: COVID-19 cannot be transmitted in countries with hot climates.

There have been some claims that COVID cannot survive in countries with hotter climates. We don’t know why this came about, but do know that the virus can thrive in any kind of climate. For example, Indonesia and the Philippines, both countries with hotter climates, have had high numbers of COVID cases.

So wherever you are, you still have to practice personal hygiene and masking.

 

Myth: Spraying alcohol, bleach, or chlorine on your body can kill the infection inside.

As much as we would like for things to be as simple as this myth, it’s not the case. Whatever disinfectant you spray on your skin will not penetrate enough to kill the virus inside. Plus, you might end up giving yourself additional wounds, if, say, you sprayed bleach directly on your skin.

These chemicals can also damage your clothes if you use a very strong variant. And if you inhale them or the vapor goes into your eyes, it’s not enjoyable, to say the least.

 

Myth: Eating garlic or hot peppers will protect you from COVID-19 transmission.

Garlic is definitely a healthy food with some antimicrobial properties.  However, there are no indications it’s helping anyone fight off COVID. Sorry, the coronavirus isn’t exactly a vampire.

The same goes for hot peppers. While they are very tasty, they cannot prevent or cure the virus.

 

Myth: A person can be infected by COVID-19 by eating eggs, chicken, as well as meat.

As of the moment, there is no evidence that you can get COVID from eating any of these. You can get sick, however, if you eat these raw or if you eat them when they are already spoiled. Make sure they are still good for eating or have been cleaned up prior to consumption.

 

Myth: You can get COVID if you use the same washing machine as an infected person.

If you’re using a public washing machine, you might be afraid of getting sick. After all, you don’t know if the person who used it before you is infected. 

But according to the CDC, washing machines can be used safely after they have been used to clean infected clothing. You can mix your clothes with that of an infected person’s with no special precautions. You can use regular laundry detergent and do your usual laundry procedures.

If you do want to be safer, you can wear disposable gloves and keep dirty clothes from touching you as much as possible. When you’re done with your gloves, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly.

 

Myth: Pets can infect you with COVID.

COVID-19 has been found to have come from animals. However, your common dog, cat, or even hamster has nothing to do with that virus. The CDC itself has said that there is no evidence that these animals can get or transmit the virus.

Of course, remember that  you can get other things from your pets, like E.coli and salmonella. Make sure to keep your personal hygiene up!

 

Myth: Children cannot get sick from COVID.

People have been saying that children cannot get sick from COVID. That’s why they’ve been calling for schools to be reopened and for kids to be let out and play. 

However, according to the CDC, cases are generally milder, but children can still get it. And not only that, they can also transmit it to other people. And in rare cases, children who have it develop serious lung infections and even die.

 

Final words about the COVID-19 virus and its transmission

Now that you know what’s true and what’s not about coronavirus transmission, you should keep in mind one last thing. The fact is, COVID-19 is a virus that can spread easily. That’s especially in small areas where a lot of people are in contact with one another.

That’s why if you suspect you have been infected, it’s better not to rely on those myths above. Instead, immediately Google “COVID test near me” and get tested as soon as possible. The earlier it’s caught, the sooner you can get treated and recover.

If you are in the Orlando area and are looking for an Orlando COVID test, AdventHealth is here for you. Not only can we offer a COVID test in Orlando, we also offer it in other parts of Florida. And we don’t just stop there – we also have tests available in Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Get in touch with us today. Visit AdventHealth or download the AdventHealth app from Google Play or the Apple App Store. Let’s keep you and your loved ones protected from COVID-19.