Myths About Covid-19 - Coronavirus Pandemic
With COVID-19 being a global pandemic, it’s important to stay vigilant and safe. As the pandemic seeps into our daily routine we are hit head on with a sudden influx of information. A lot of information we receive is very helpful, but on the other hand, some of it is false. Ensuring that the news we get is accurate is crucial to make sure we are being as careful as we can be as a society. Below are a few debunked myths we want to make sure are made known.
Myth: The Virus Attacks Specific Groups of People
First things first, this virus does not discriminate. It is common to hear that the virus only affects older populations, but that is not the case. When you look at statistics it is clear that the virus does not just limit itself to older populations, instead it affects people regardless of age. Yes, younger generations are less likely to have fatal cases, but that does not mean they are not possible and they are not immune to the disease.
Taking it further; a rumor began to spread on the internet that the virus does not affect certain races. This is not the case. Around the chart, the covid-19 virus is not a racist entity. It continues to attack all races and ethnicity equally. The only part of these rumors that holds true, is that certain populations that are more affected by systemic racism or classism may be more affected by the virus. It’s not that the virus spreads to them easier somehow, but it’s after the virus that affects them more when they are more susceptible to having a lack of resources to heal or get the rehabilitation and attention from healthcare providers that is necessary. Luckily, SOCHi trains all of it’s healthcare students to be resourceful and have an ethical code that can combat this.
Myth: Masks Are Not Effective in Stopping The Virus
Somehow, certain individuals have begun to insinuate that the wearing of masks is a political act as opposed to an ethical act. The common myth is that masks will not stop this virus. In a way, no, masks will not stop the virus, but they will drastically hinder it’s spread. According to stanford scientists, about 40% of people who spread the virus show no symptoms. Since the virus is spread through droplets that enter the environment through talking, coughing, and sneezing, masks can stop those droplets from freely roaming the air.
Another myth related to masks is that prolonged use causes CO2 intoxication and oxygen deficiency and that simply is not true. According to the World Health Organization, that action of wearing a mask is completely safe especially when the mask is placed on properly in a way that restricts droplets from entering the air. They also mentioned that wearing a mask while working out may be dangerous because it hinders oxygen from properly entering. So it seems as though
the rules state that masks are safe during regular activity, but if you are doing intense exercise it’s best to leave the mask out of it and make sure you are social distanced with at least one meter away from others.