At GrantWatch, we deal with grant-related myths all the time. Our customer service line consistently rings with calls about what is or isn’t really in the grant world. But in the age of self-isolation, quarantine, and stay at home orders, myths about COVID-19 seem to be pretty prevalent as well. This isn’t an excellent time for conspiracy theories or widespread misinformation, and some of these are a bit ridiculous, but this list seems important to share. Make sure to listen to the proper health officials, to ensure that you have the information to keep you and your family members safe throughout this pandemic.
Here are some of the worst myths:
- Drinking Alcohol Can Help Protect You Against COVID-19: No. No. No. This isn’t real, and it’s ridiculous, and it’s not an excuse to drink heavily during this pandemic. Drinking copious amounts of alcohol will not prevent you from transmitting or contracting COVID-19 and will likely lead to you not feeling well, do not do this. Stay away from heavy drinking and stay away from other people as we all try to slow the spread. Alcohol can also increase your risk of health problems. Though do remember that one way that restaurants can survive this pandemic is because they can deliver alcohol now, so take that as you will.
- 5G Mobile Networks Are Spreading COVID-19: This is also not a thing. This is a conspiracy theory town central, and it doesn’t even make any sense. Mobile networks cannot spread germs; people spread germs. According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks, and IS NOT SPREAD THROUGH 5G. And just to be clear, COVID-19 is spreading in places that don’t even have 5G, so this is one of the sillier myths I’ve seen.
- Eating Garlic Will Not Prevent You From Getting The Virus: Look, garlic has microbial properties and is generally good for you health-wise, but there is no proof that it will prevent COVID-19 and should not be used as such. Eat a well-balanced diet to help with immunity, stay at home to avoid transmission or contraction of the virus, and wear a face mask when you have to go to any place where people are. Don’t rely on garlic or any other unproven tactic; just do what the medical experts are calling for so that you help the community overall.
Less crazy myths that should still be paid attention to:
- You Can Never Recover From COVID-19 Once You Have Been Infected: This is a terrifying thought for many people and their loved ones. But according to health experts at the WHO, this is not true. People have fully recovered from COVID-19 due to time and supportive medical care. Make sure to take care of your body and do what you can to treat symptoms, and if you have trouble with coughing, fever, or any difficulty breathing, reach out to your medical provider.
- COVID-19 Cannot be Transmitted In Places With Hot Weather: Even in places that are hot and humid, the virus has spread. This is a myth and can be dangerous if people living in warmer, humid climates think it to be accurate and therefore ignore the guidelines. Regardless of how hot the weather is outside, make sure you are listening to medical experts on staying home, prevention guidelines, and social distancing.
- Young People Cannot Get The Virus, Only The Elderly: This is one of the most dangerous myths of all and must be exposed. People of all ages have contracted and died from COVID-19. While older people and people with pre-existing conditions may be more susceptible, young people are not immune. Young people may be asymptomatic and still be capable of transmitting the virus.
We hope these myth busters help you in your search for information about COVID-19, and we hope that all our readers stay safe and healthy during this chaos.