We’re residing in unpredictable, surreal times, as the coronavirus crisis aggravates in the United States. As we’re fighting with a vacuum of reliable details, coronavirus misconceptions are spreading as rapidly as the disease, enhanced by social networks. Thankfully, we have actually got Dr. Seema Yasmin, director of the Stanford Health Interaction Effort at Stanford University. In the video above, she exposes common– and even hazardous– myths about the coronavirus and the illness it causes, Covid-19
You can’t, for instance, detect yourself with Covid-19 by holding your breath for 10 seconds to see if you cough. Coronavirus does impact the lungs, and certainly this is one way it kills patients. Just holding your breath can’t inform you if the virus is impacting your lungs. “Of course, the just real way of understanding if you have Covid-19 is to get a test for the disease,” Yasmin says.
When it concerns avoidance, consuming garlic tea will just make you smell bad, not fend off the coronavirus. And if you do contract Covid-19, you can’t flush it out of your mouth with hot water. And certainly don’t– and we can’t stress this sufficient— try to blast it out of your mouth with a blow dryer.
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” I believe it’s actually simple to review those myths and state, ‘I would never fall for that,'” says Yasmin. “However in the face of so much fear and unpredictability, even the most intelligent people can succumb to incorrect information.”
And there are methods to inoculate yourself against such misconceptions, Yasmin states. If you’re seeing sensationalized details that’s attempting to stoke emotion, that’s a good indicator it may be just an internet rumor. Constantly try to trace details back to the original source, something credible like the World Health Company or the CDC. And, naturally, WIRED
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