We all know this new coronavirus is infecting more and more people around the globe. The social media, news and articles, television, and influencers are giving massive amounts of information, recommendations, and opinions about the coronavirus. But an opinion is usually distant from an objective and proven reality. Thus, there are many myths and misconceptions about this virus, and it is important to separate fact from fiction, clear the rumors and beat misinformation.
This article will be focused on 10 common misconceptions people have about the new COVID-19 and its outbreak. What do we need to know?
1. We should all protect ourselves with a face mask
The CDC has mentioned and advertised multiple times who is meant to use a face mask. They are not meant for everybody. A face mask does not provide full protection from COVID-19, as it does not protect people from other types of coronavirus, including SARS-COV-2.
Face masks are not entirely fixed to the face, and it is not designed to block viral particles, which are extremely small. What face masks do is blocking respiratory droplets from infected people when they cough or sneeze.
Think about it for a while. If everybody but the infected person is covered with a face mask, he would cough and sneeze, releasing respiratory droplets everywhere. They will move around in the air but also infect all surfaces around the area and making everybody susceptible to infections. Instead, if nobody is wearing the face mask but the infected individual, the respiratory droplets will be blocked in the first place, and won’t make anyone susceptible to infections. That’s what’s intended with face masks in this new outbreak.