Tuesday, January 12 2021
4 Common Myths About COVID-19
Since the global coronavirus pandemic started over a year ago, the topic has dominated the headlines every day and taken over on social media. As researchers have learned more and more about the virus and COVID-19, new information has been continuously fed to the public, practically in real time.
The result has been an environment where it's difficult two separate myth from reality, or know the difference between facts and rumors. That said, there are several misunderstandings that the many people may have and should be cleared up.
COVID-19 is not like getting a cold.
Approximately 80% of all COVID-19 cases result in fever and body aches, as well as upper respiratory symptoms. These are symptoms not typically associated with the common cold. Additionally, about 14% of all cases result in severe illness and require hospitalization, while 6% of patients become critically ill, even requiring a mechanical respirator.
COVID-19 does not only affect older people.
While younger adults tend to have stronger immune systems and are less likely to get sick, they can still get COVID-19. That includes cases that are considered severe and can even cause death. Younger people are, however, more likely to not show symptoms when infected by coronavirus, but that makes them more contagious and increasingly likely to transmit the virus to other people.
Holding your breath for 10 seconds doesn't mean you don't have coronavirus.
Yes, if you are experiencing COVID-19 with the severe respiratory issues it's known for, it may be difficult to hold your breath for 10 seconds without chest pain or tightness. That said, if you are infected with the virus but have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, you might be able to hold your breath for quite a while without any difficulty.
Taking Vitamin C supplements cannot prevent COVID-19.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for a healthy immune system, which means a deficiency in Vitamin C could make you more susceptible to being infected with coronavirus. However, in the U.S. and other developed countries, Vitamin C deficiency is extremely rare and there's no evidence to suggest that taking supplements has any effect on your risk for infection.
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