Every time we turn on the TV, check out news on social media, or listen to the radio while driving to work, we will hear people talk about coronavirus and how it has spread more and more all over the country. It has caused panic all around the world. Cities are in lock down. Stock markets have tumbled. As a result, panic buying or fear based shopping phenomena occur. Supermarkets are full, health masks run out, hand sanitizer stock is empty.
It does not stop there. People also seemed in a hurry to buy groceries for supplies at home. The excuse is, just in case the situation becomes more urgent. This panic attack also resulted in the scarcity of goods in grocery stores and even pharmacies. Coronavirus is unsettling, but it’s good not to overreact to this one outbreak. The hysteria is far more dangerous compared to the virus itself.
If you are one of those people who are easily afraid and panic, try to sit down for a moment and calm down. Shouldn’t you think and ask yourself, “what have I done to protect myself and my family from getting sick?”
What is coronavirus?
According to World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) that is also known as COVID-19 are part of a large group of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. The outbreak was first discovered in Wuhan, China in December 2019.
Coronaviruses are classified as zoonotic which means that they are transmitted between animals and people only.
The common signs that are found in patients who got infected by this virus include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and difficulties to breath. For more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Coronavirus Myth Buster
Here are some coronavirus (COVID-19) advice to public:
1. Coronavirus CANNOT be killed by cold weather and snow.
Cold temperature cannot kill this novel virus. It is suggested not to believe that temperature whether it is super cold or super hot can kill COVID-19.
2. Coronavirus CANNOT be killed by taking a hot shower.
Again, temperature cannot kill this virus. Our normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C (97.7°F to 98.6°F), regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. Taking a very hot bath or shower is actually harmful because it can burn our skin. The effective way to protect ourselves from getting sick is to wash our hands with soap.
3. COVID-19 cannot be transmitted through goods delivered from China
Coronavirus may remain on surfaces from few hours up to several days, it is doubtful that the virus will stay on a surface after going through all the delivery process from packing, moving, traveling in different conditions and temperature. If you are worried that a package may be contaminated, use a disinfectant to clean it. You can simply clean your hands with hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap after touching the package or mail.
4. Can coronavirus be transmitted through mosquito bites? The answer is NO.
There is no evidence found anywhere that this virus can be transmitted through mosquito bites. I know Spring is coming, some people are worried about mosquitoes, but remember that this virus can be transmitted through being exposed of droplets of saliva or discharge of the nose from an infected person who cough or sneeze.
5. Hand dryers cannot kill the coronavirus.
After cleaning our hands with alcohol based hand rub (hand sanitizer) or wash our hands with soap, we should dry our hands thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer.
6. Ultraviolet disinfection lamp cannot kill COVID019
It is advised not to use the UV lamps to strerilize our hands or other areas of skin in order to avoid UV radiation that can cause skin irritation.
7. Can thermal scanners detect people who are infected? No
It is true that thermal scanners are good in detecting people who have a fever because of infection with the novel coronavirus. However, they actually cannot detect people who are infected but do not show any sickness and have not fever yet. Why? It’s because the incubation time takes about two to ten days before we know someone who are infected with the virus become sick and develop a fever.
8. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over our body cannot kill the novel coronavirus
If someone is already got infected with the virus, spraying alcohol pr chlorine will not help at all. Such substance is actually harmful to clothes, our eyes, mouth and nose. Remember, both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to clean and disinfectant surfaces, but they are supposed to be used carefully under appropriate recommendations (check out the usage information on the bottle).
9. Pets cannot spread the novel coronavirus
Up until now, there is no evidence that pets such as cats or dogs can be infected with the novel coronavirus. But again, it is important to always wash our hands with water and soap after touching them. By washing our hands, we protect ourselves from various common bacteria and germs such as E.coli and Salmonella that may pass between humans and pets.
10. Pneumonia vaccines cannot protect you against the novel coronavirus
This is a new virus and different virus, the already found vaccines such as pneumonia vaccines cannot protect us from the novel coronavirus.
Researchers all over the world are still working hard to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV.
11. Rinsing our nose with saline cannot help prevent infection with this new virus
No evidence has been found up until nowadays showing that regularly rinsing our nose with saline can protect people from being infected by this novel virus.
People may recover quickly from common cold but not if they are infected by coronavirus. However, regularly rinsing the nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections.
12. Eating Garlic cannot prevent infection with this novel coronavirus
Garlic is known as a healthy food that has some antimicrobial properties but there is no evidence that eating this food can protect people from the new coronavirus.
13. Coronavirus is only dangerous to older people. Nope. Wrong!!
Nobody is immune to this virus. No matter what group of age it is. Young, old, and people with asthma, diabetes, heart disease can be vulnerable to becoming very ill if they got infected with the virus.
People of all ages can keep the numbers of people getting sick and protecting ourselves from the virus by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.
14. Antibiotics are not effective to prevent and treat the novel coronavirus
Antibiotics will only work against bacteria, not against viruses especially this new virus.
Don’t stressed out and panic yet!
It’s a virus, not a plague!
According to a study conducted by Journal of Hospital Infection, strains of coronavirus can stay on metal, glass and plastic surfaces for up to nine days. Don’t stressed out and panic yet, because those strains of virus can be efficiently inactivated by doing disinfection. Basically, we need to wipe and clean the surface in our home or work with 62–71% ethanol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite within 1 minute multiple times a day. Virus or not, we should be doing this anyway.
If you know you will get mails or packages, you do not have to worry about touching it. Just receive it and open it like you normally do. World Health Organization states that the virus cannot survive for long periods of time on stuff like letters or packages.
What are the logical reasons why we don’t need to panic?
There are a number of reasons why we don’t need to panic because of the corona virus. Come, see the following!
1. Cases that are exposed to the most cases are dead or severe first
“You often hear about the worst cases, which are very severe, those in hospitals, and those who are dying. But that doesn’t reflect what the virus does to the majority of people, “said Dr. Amesh A. Adalja from the John Hopkins Center for Health Security to Aljazeera.
Do you agree with the statement above? It is true that the most exposed cases from the beginning to the present are very severe. Or even dead cases.
In addition to patients, local and international media also often expose the sad stories of victims of the coronavirus. This is also the reason why people are afraid and panicked.
2. The number of mild cases reaches 83 percent of the total
Continuing the previous point, cases that are often heralded are indeed severe cases and people who have died from COVID-19. But did you know that this coronavirus is actually a flu virus that causes more mild cases?
Let’s look at the statistics! According to real time data from Worldometers (4/3), the number of mild cases of the coronavirus has now reached 83 percent of the total. While the percentage of severe cases is only 17 percent. This means that the condition of the patients we see in the news does not represent all the coronavirus cases that exist.
The number of infected and dead victims of the coronavirus is updated daily. But what about the number of people who recover from this disease? Very rarely disseminated, right?
Though in fact, the number of people dying and recovering from the coronavirus is quite lame. As of Wednesday (4/3), it was noted that corona virus fatalities reached more than 3,000 people. While the number of people recovering has reached more than 50 thousand people. Really far comparison.
Even Tuesday (3/3), Vietnam announced that 16 coronavirus patients in their country had recovered completely. See, the number of people who recover is higher compared to the people who died, right? Still want to panic?
4. Increasing the number of cases is not something to be feared of
Who does not cringe when presented with the number of coronavirus cases in the world? Anyone would be afraid to see such a large number. Even as of Wednesday (4/3), the number of infected people has reached 90 thousand. But behind that number, there is a good sign for the survival of the corona virus. Don’t panic yet. Look at this stat from John Hopkins Medicine.
COVID-19: As of March 5, 2020, there were about 97,900 cases worldwide; 209 cases in the U.S.
Flu: Estimated 1 billion cases worldwide; 9.3 million to 45 million cases in the U.S. per year.
“Along with the increase in knowledge about this virus, the number of cases will indeed continue to rise, but the level of fatality will decrease if we all have prepared ourselves well,” explained Dr. Adalja to AlJazeera.
One of the things that makes us panic because the coronavirus is not yet found an antidote vaccine. But again, this is not something that should scare you too much. The proof, more patients are recovering than those who died, right?
Then how can they recover if there is no vaccine? It turns out that our own immune system must be strengthened to prevent complications of COVID-19 in the body. As long as the symptoms are relieved and the body is getting stronger, the virus will die.
We fight virus every year: influenza or flu. Flu has killed thousands of people, so why are we suddenly panicking and overreacting over this new virus?
6. Medical and state experts have made various efforts for the corona virus
According to a report from AlJazeera, researchers are moving very quickly to quickly find a suitable vaccine. It will indeed take a long time because they actually made the vaccine from scratch.
Not only that, every country also takes a number of preventive measures to inhibit the growth of the coronavirus. Including in our country. The government has promised a thermo scanner at the airports, hospitals with WHO standard isolation rooms, to a crisis center for COVID-19.
It is recommended for us all to stay alert and take measures to prevent the virus to spread more but we don’t have to panic and afraid. Instead, we better apply the steps below:
- Always keep up to date with information about coronavirus;
- Don’t be easily influenced by bad news especially those that seems to exaggerate;
- Try to calm down and look for articles or news on progress regarding patients who are cured, vaccines, etc;
- We must verify information before trusting it and pass it on to others. During this time of panic, there was a lot of hoaxes and false news circulating around;
- Always apply a healthy lifestyle, keep surfaces at home and work clean, carry hand sanitizer if you go out, and wash your hands with soap regularly.
When facing a dangerous virus as it is today, we should not underestimate or exaggerate. The most important thing is to always be alert and protect yourself. There’s no need to panic anymore!
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.