Unfortunately there is multiple common misconceptions about Covid-19, although not all of them are listed here, we have done our best to list some of them.
Claim: ‘Face masks don’t work’
Although no one honest would ever say that wearing a mask is a complete guarantee that you won’t get sick. Vira can infect through eyes and small parts of the virus’ particles can penetrate some masks. However, masks is extremely effective in capturing droplets which is the main transmission route of the Coronavirus. Some studies estimate around 5 times higher protection with a correctly used mask compared to no protection (some studies have found the protection level lower than this)
If you are likely to be close to someone infected (which with Covid-19 can be a symtomless carrier) a mask surely cuts the chance of being infected a lot. If you are showing symptoms yourself, or have been in contact with someone who have been diagnosed with covid-19, a mask is crucial to prevent you spreading the infection to others.
So the claim that face masks don’t work is sure false.
Claim: ‘It is no more dangerous than winter flu’
A lot of different symptoms have been reported from carriers of Covid-19, for some the symptoms might be very similar to that of the common cold, for others however it is fatal.
The mortality rate of Covid-19 looks to be much more serious than the flu. At the start of an outbreak the apparent mortality rate can be an overestimate if a lot of mild cases are being missed.current studies estimates that roughly 1-3% fatality rate are accurate. This would make Covid-19 about 10 times more deadly than seasonal flu, which is estimated to kill between 290,000 and 650,000 people a year globally.
Claim: ‘It only kills the elderly, so younger people can relax’
Most young people that do not have underlying health conditions will not fall critically ill from Covid-19. With that said Covid-19 still has a much higher probability of respiratory symtoms that the common cold, so age is not the only factor for risk groups.
Apart from this, the actions that young people does, such as quarantining or wearing masks will be crucial in preventing vulnerable risk groups from infection, and taking correct measures will play a huge role in shaping the trajectory of the outbreak.
read more here: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/coronavirus-young-people-hospitalized-covid-19-chart/
Claim: ‘You need to be with an infected person for 10 minutes’
For the common cold or winter flu some official guidelines describes exposure as “being within 2 meters of an infected person for over 10 minutes”.
For Covid-19 its easily possible to be infected with much shorter interactions or even by being infected from contaminated surfaces.
read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/02/how-to-protect-yourself-coronavirus