SKYLAR STIMSON '22
COVID-19 Myths & Upsides
With the novel COVID-19 comes false information. I’m here to dispel these misconceptions.
MYTH: Warmer temperatures prevent COVID-19.
Many states and countries with temperatures above 77 degrees have reported cases. For example Florida is a hot spot and it has warmer weather than Ohio. Nor does exposure to the sun prevent COVID-19.
MYTH: Only older people get COVID symptoms or get sick.
This is false; many people that are healthy get sick and have severe symptoms. COVID-19 can cause myocarditis, which is inflammation of the heart muscles. Myocarditis has already shown up in college football players. The CDC stated that “Heart damage may be an important part of severe disease and death from COVID-19.”
MYTH: Once someone gets COVID, they will have to battle the symptoms for the rest of their life.
Although they most likely won’t have to battle the symptoms for their life, there might be organ damage. For example, I know someone who has recovered from COVID-19 but now at the age of 24 is having heart problems. Many people think that it is like the flu, but in reality it can affect your health after you have recovered. A Hackensack Meridian health article states,“A recent study from the University of Frankfurt in Germany showed abnormal heart findings in more than 75% of people studied who had recently recovered from COVID-19. A considerable majority of patients in the study were found to have had inflammation in the heart and muscle lining.”
MYTH: If you can hold your breath for 10 seconds, then you do not have COVID-19.
As of right now the only way to test to see if you have COVID-19 is to get a laboratory test.
MYTH: A hot bath can prevent COVID-19.
Although it is a great way to relax, it does not prevent COVID-19.
MYTH: One can get COVID-19 from mosquito bites.
As of right now there is not evidence saying that mosquitos transfer COVID-19. COVID-19 is a respiratory virus and is transferred from person to person.
On the positive side of Covid-19, there are many good things that came from this pandemic.
There was a reduced carbon emission in China due to people not going out, working, and shipping.
The focus on essential workers went up, praising them for their hard work.
Another great thing that came from the pandemic was the access to culture without having to travel. There were online tours of museums and online plays and music.
It turned out that people were sleeping better than before, boosting their immune systems.
Work habits have changed for the good.
Businesses took out things they did not need and kept it simple; in return it helped the workers.
More people are in touch with their families. The children and teens are now at home with their siblings and parents. Personally, I got to know my siblings more than I ever would. Especially families that have kids going to college soon or in college.
The quarantine gave people a chance to have more time to do what they had been wanting to do.
Not to mention, the waters are clearer all over the world. There is less pollution in the water and in the air.
Make sure that you follow Covid-19 rules and keep yourself and others safe. You never know how it will affect you or the people you love.
Al Arabiya English. “Ten Good Things to Come out of the Coronavirus Pandemic.” Al Arabiya English, Al Arabiya English, 20 May 2020, english.alarabiya.net/en/coronavirus/2020/05/04/Ten-good-things-to-come-out-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic.
Authored by Baylor Scott & White Health
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“Cardiac Arrests On the Rise During COVID-19 Crisis.” WebMD, WebMD, 30 Apr. 2020, www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200430/cardiac-arrests-on-the-rise-during-covid-19-crisis.
“Teenagers Who Had Moderate COVID-19 May Need Heart Check before Returning to Sports.” MUSC, web.musc.edu/about/news-center/2020/09/08/teenagers-who-had-moderate-covid-19-may-need-heart-check-before-returning-to-sports.
“Long-Term Effects of COVID-19.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/long-term-effects.html.