The COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the globe, affecting every individual in one way or another. Simultaneously, lifestyle changes have occured, as people yearn to return to normalcy. The impact COVID-19 has on mental and physical health, however, is under consideration as researchers focus on the different aspects. Besides, there are many presumptions and myths relating to the coronavirus.
The coronavirus caused a global lockdown and economic shutdown, forcing people to limit their social activities, etc. Apart from social life, due to multiple factors including the limited access to therapy, coronavirus has also affected the mental health of significant part of the population, especially teenagers. Additionally, there have been multiple myths circulating the pandemic, which researchers have decided to debunk.
The Prevalence Of COVID-19 Across The Globe
With the coronavirus spreading across various countries of the world, its impact on different factors is also under investigation. However, dealing with pandemics becomes more difficult for health workers when people are more likely to believe in a widely held but false belief. Surprisingly, many people continue to believe in the myths despite the 1.26 Million deaths that occurred across the globe due to COVID-19.
Additionally, almost 50.9 Million people worldwide were infected with the coronavirus. Thankfully, 33.2 Million recovered successfully.
Is there some truth to the myth?
Some people ignore the chaos and consider the virus to be less deadly and recommend others not to worry. According to experts, infection rates, hospitalization rates, and the death rate are low in some areas.
Doctors elaborate that the decrease in rates is due to reduced accessibility to testing and treatment for the diseases. Additionally, the overall health of the community determines the death rate and infection rate. Subsequently, people avoid wearing a mask claiming that the face-mask causes a lack of oxygenation or increases carbon dioxide. However, this adds to the risk of the virus spreading increases.
Is COVID-19 a deadly virus?
The three health line experts combined their efforts to clarify the COVID-19 myths. Experts include Dr. E. Hanh Le, Dr. Lindsay Slowiczek, and Dr. Jenny Yu. One of the myths is that health workers overstate the death rate of coronavirus. This myth is simply incorrect and baseless. In the modern age, with medications and technology, more than 61000 patients have died from influenza alone, annually since 2010. In today’s world of technology, coronavirus has caused a significant shortage of ventilators across the U.S.
Furthermore, some individuals think that social distancing is making them weaker, and worsening the situation. As per the doctors, social distancing has been practiced since ancient times to control the spread of contagious diseases. And research has demonstrated that through controlled techniques like vaccination, we are able to treat infections.
Similarly, if everyone in a community gets infected with COVID-19 at the same time, there will be a shortage of medical care equipment, causing the healthcare industry to collapse. Individuals must realize the shortage of supplies and treatments, along with the associated risks for health care workers. Consequently, it will result in an increasing death rate.
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Technology – Responsible for the Coronavirus Infection?
Some people have a false belief that the 5G, which is the fifth generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks, causes Covid-19 infection. It is unrealistic as there is no evidence that radio waves or their frequencies cause viral transmission.
Also, some believe that the Big Pharma companies have vaccines, and doctors have the proper treatment strategy for COVID-19 infection treatment, but they are not giving it to the public. Some possible treatments are in progress and are now available for emergency use as they are in phase 3 of clinical trials.
Still, the COVID-19 vaccine and antibody-therapy are not available for public use yet, as they need to pass through clinical trials first. Steroids, antiviral drugs, and herd immunity do treat coronavirus infection for now, in the absence of any officially approved vaccine. Moreover, these drugs make the patient feel better but are not official drugs of treatment for coronavirus infection.