COVID-19 Common Misconceptions

Maleena Bennett, staff writer

During this time of uncertainty, everyone is feeling a mixture of emotions and maybe even a sense of panic. We all are constantly following the news and websites for updates on COVID-19, and due to the fact that we don’t know much about this virus, we are believing everything that is being told to us. There has been tons of false information or common misconceptions about this virus, so I’m here to debunk some of these myths. 

One common misconception about COVID-19 is that it cannot be transmitted in hot or humid areas, but obviously this information is false, otherwise we would not have seen any cases here. According to the evidence so far, provided by the World Health Organization, COVID-19 can be transmitted in ALL areas, no matter what the climate is. Regardless of where you live, make sure you are practicing the right protective measures to prevent the virus from infecting you. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

Another common misconception is that only older people can be infected by the virus. While older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) seem to be more vulnerable to catching a more severe case, EVERYONE is able to catch COVID-19. The World Health Organization is advising people of all ages to take the proper steps to protect themselves from the virus. 

While more information becomes available every day, make sure it is coming from a reliable source and that you are taking the right measures to protect yourself during this time. Stay Safe!