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16 Coronavirus Myths Debunked

Updated: Mar 17, 2020

COVID-19 Myths Debunked

If you haven’t heard of the coronavirus ̶ or COVID-19 ̶ as it is officially known, then you must live on a remote island in the South Pacific, with no access to radio, TV, newspapers, or the internet. Lucky you, in one way. The fact is that COVID-19 is something we should all be informed about, and know how to handle.

When this situation first arose, it was the occasion for a lot of jokes by our late-night TV show hosts. No more. Make no mistake: COVID-19 is serious business, despite what some pundits and commentators would like you to believe. But, like the stories about giant alligators living in the sewers of Los Angeles and the abduction of US pilots in the so-called ‘Bermuda Triangle’, myths and stories and conspiracy theories seem to erupt into life when anything of note, good or bad, intrudes on the public consciousness.

The appearance of COVID-19 is no different.

I say all this because some of these myths are comical, were it not for the fact that their (irresponsible) dissemination can actually cause harm. At Sterifab, we are committed to staying up to date with the latest in news and pathogen research. So, here are some myths that you may hear repeated. Don’t be fooled. None of them are true.

1. The coronavirus is man-made.

Untrue. Research indicates that it probably originated in bats and is not a Chinese bioweapon. In fact, conspiracy theorists in China (yes, they have them too) believe it was manufactured in the US!

2 .The new coronavirus can be transmitted through goods manufactured in China or any country reporting COVID-19 cases.

It’s highly unlikely that the virus can live on a surface after it has travelled and been exposed to different environments and temperatures.

3. Face masks can protect you from the coronavirus.

Alas, no. Standard surgical masks aren’t designed to block out viral particles and cannot protect you from COVID-19. However, they can prevent infected people from spreading the virus further.