3 Coronavirus myths you need to stop believing

There’s a lot of coronavirus information out there… and not all of it is helpful. So here are some popular myths that need to be debunked, pronto.

You know what’s going on in the world, don’t you? I’ve been writing about it. Everyone else has been writing about it too. You just can’t get away from coronavirus information unless you turn off the TV, stay off the internet and don’t open Facebook.

With so much information out there though, things are going to get confusing. I’ve seen a lot of misinformation, or misinterpreting information, so I thought I’d write a quick post to do my bit (as well as staying indoors as much as I can) to clear one or two things up. Are you ready? Let’s go.

1. Coronavirus is basically the flu

Nope. It’s a completely kind of virus for starters! Flu is caused by influenza A and B, whereas the coronavirus is, well, a coronavirus.

This confusion has probably arisen from the fact that the common symptoms of either infection are fairly similar. So, when this pandemic was getting started, people were describing it in the best way that they could. Which meant that it was directly compared to the flu.

Aside from it’s different viral structure though, the coronavirus also has a longer incubation period and a higher rate of transmission between humans. That’s why it’s so dangerous right now. That’s why we’re staying indoors.

2. Only the old will die of coronavirus

Again, nope. Here in the UK, we lost a 13 year old boy with no underlying health conditions just a few days ago. The old are more likely to die from the infection however, because of the simple fact that… they’re old. It means that their bodies can’t fight the infection as well as someone who is decades younger than them.

But, don’t think that young people are immune. Nobody is immune. That’s because this infection is ‘novel‘, which means it’s new. Humans have not encountered this disease before, which automatically means that there’s no immunity.

3. There will be a miracle cure

Finally, nope. When a treatment and/or vaccine arrive, it will be due to the insanely hard work of talented scientists and a fast tracked process, the likes of which we haven’t seen in a long, long time.

We keep hearing that a vaccine is 12 to 18 months away though, so, unfortunately we will have to wait and be vigilant. As for drugs to beat the infection, medics and pharmaceutical companies are scrambling to try any and all anti viral medicines that they can.

It’s important to stay informed, with the right sources.

I know that it’s ironic for a blogger to be directing you away from some health and wellness blogs at this time. We want to know as much as we can about this infection, but it’s important to go to the right places for information.

If you’re in the UK, I recommend sources like the BBC and The Guardian.

Stay safe everyone. Stay indoors.

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