Epidemics such as Influenza, Measles, and Ebola have been the most recent outbreaks that has sent people rushing to grab face masks. And recently, a new virus classed as a Coronavirus has been on the front page of every news outlet.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the novel illness affects the respiratory system and includes symptoms similar to the common cold. Originating from a seafood market in Wuhan, China, researchers haven’t been able to specifically identify what the source of the virus is.
However, a link between the consumption of bats and camels has been thought of as a potential cause.
Whenever a new illness is discovered, it’s no secret that news outlets want to be the first to report on it. But some news outlets, especially in America, don’t always pay attention to the facts.
Without fact checking, rumours circulate like wildfire, often becoming out of control and causing people to panic. Fake news might as well be an epidemic in its own.
So, let’s distinguish fact from fiction about the Coronavirus.
Here’s are the facts that we know so far:
Coronavirus is a group of viruses, as stated by the CDC. While it’s true that some strains can cause pneumonia, the symptoms are usually mild. Coughing, fever, and difficulty breathing are all signs.
However, it’s very important to seek medical attention immediately if you think you’ve been exposed to the virus or have any of the symptoms described above.
On Friday morning, CBS News reported that China has 638 confirmed cases; UK has three; United States has twelve.
A number of airlines have temporarily suspended incoming and outgoing flights to China.
Researchers have not yet been able to determine how exactly the Coronavirus is spread from person to person.
Face masks don’t necessarily prevent you from getting the illness. But if you do receive the diagnosis, they may protect others from getting it.
Here are some false myths and fake news:
You can’t contract Coronavirus from drinking too many Corona beers. I’m not sure who reported this or where this information came from, but it’s one of the most absurd things I have heard. The only thing that may result in drinking too many Coronas is a very bad hangover the next morning.
Bleach can’t cure Coronavirus.
Within days of confirmed cases, tweets and social media posts included fake statistics. Don’t listen to Twitter. If you want to stay updated, please visit the CDC website or another reliable sources like the World Health Organization.
The list goes on and on, but what’s both important and true is to practice healthy routines to eliminate germs. Wash your hands often, especially before you eat. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if they aren’t clean.
If you find yourself exhibiting any symptoms related to Coronavirus, seek medical attention immediately. Chances are, even if you have it, you’ll be okay.
But in order to prevent confirmed cases from increasing, those who are ill need to receive the proper treatment right away.
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