• Deanne Pandey

To BE-lieve or Not to BE-lieve, that is the question

It has been a year since the first COVID-19 case and we still have not seen any such instrumental groundbreaking results to curb this pandemic. The way this virus has spread, it is no wonder people are resorting to different means to increase their immunities and fight this battle against the deadly virus. Wearing masks and social distancing does not suffice when it comes to taking precautions. This has led to a lot of misconceptions and myths about building a good immune system and warding off the virus. A lot depends on the overall health of the people in the community, how quickly and broadly they were able to access testing and treatment for the disease, and how prepared the communities are to handle the most severe cases. Chances are you've heard about a food, drug or other method that claims to prevent, treat or cure corona virus. But while it might be tempting to use a questionable product or method to stay healthy during the pandemic, it's extremely unlikely to work and might cause serious harm. So here are some myths about corona virus and some facts about immunity-

It is a common myth that Corona virus can be cured with medicines At present, there is no drug that can prevent and treat the disease. Patients should receive proper and supportive care to alleviate the symptoms. That is why it is advisable to build a stronger immunity instead. Many people take supplements like vitamin C, zinc, green tea or echinacea to boost their immune systems. But these supplements are unlikely to affect your immune function or prevent you from getting sick. The supplement colloidal silver, which has been marketed as a treatment for this virus, isn’t safe or effective for treating any disease. Oleandrin, an extract from the toxic oleander plant, is poisonous and shouldn’t be taken as a supplement or home remedy. Out here, your exposure is more important than your immunity. Corona Virus

is spread through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Thus, you will possess a risk of contracting it even if you take supplements for your immunity. Same goes for garlic. It is indeed great for your immunity but does not ward off the virus altogether.

Physical distancing is necessary to decrease the risk of transmitting a disease. Thus, we can help our immune systems better fight off infection via controlled techniques, such as vaccination, which is more successful than allowing our immune systems to encounter illnesses in an uncontrolled way through random personal exposure. Even with vaccination, however, transmittable diseases, such as colds, flu, and pneumonia, are caused by viruses and bacteria that are highly contagious. Masks are a protective barrier that decreases the transmission of airborne diseases for both the person wearing the mask and the people around them. It prevents the transmission of infection through droplets from the mouth and nose.

It is common myth that masks do more harm than good. A prolonged use of masks does not decrease oxygenation or increase carbon dioxide levels for medical professionals, and it does not cause either of those concerns in the general population today. Another myth is that antivirals and steroids can cure COVID-19. Antivirals fight the virus, and steroids will help decrease the chances of an overzealous immune response, which contributes to some COVID-19 deaths. However, evidence supporting these treatments is not conclusive, and more research is needed to determine who would most benefit from them.

Clearly there is a strong need to navigate through right facts. Even though the impact and severity of the virus is known to the world, there are a lot of dimensions yet to be explored. That is why, read into what you want to believe and only do so with substantive scientific support. Stay home, Stay safe and Take care!

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