What You Didn’t Know About COVID-19; Myths and Facts


The COVID- 19 virus swept across the world, causing a global pandemic that led to the lockdown of different countries. The lockdown brought about a massive shift in the economic structure of nations. The virus also claimed a lot of lives and got some hospitalised. 

The virus’ sudden arrival led to questions like, “Where did it come from?” “How deadly is it?” And many more. Different theories were flying around, some being true and others false. In essence, the arrival of the virus led to many views.

Over the years, there have been misconceptions and myths about COVID-19, some very believable, which this article will address below.

  • Vitamin supplements

It is said that taking vitamin supplements can cure the virus, but that is not true. Taking supplements helps build your immune system, but there is no proof of it being a cure or even a treatment for COVID-19.

  • Alcohol consumption

Another misconception people often fall for is that consuming alcohol will help protect you from the virus, but that is false. No studies show that alcohol serves as a form of protection from the virus, but using alcohol-based sanitizers will indeed help.

  • Drinking bleach

Drinking bleach is in no way suitable for the body and does not serve as a protection against COVID-19. Doing this can lead to severe damage to the individual’s organs.

  • Garlic

Consumption of garlic does not serve as a protection against COVID-19. It affects bacteria, but COVID-19 is a virus, not a bacteria.

  • Saline rinsing

Rinsing the nostrils with saline solution will not prevent you from contracting the COVID-19 virus. Although it helps with a cold, it does not affect the virus.

  • COVID -19 only spreads in cold weather

The virus will still spread regardless of whether the weather is hot, cold, or warm. For example, other viruses like the flu virus spread quickly during cold weather, but that doesn’t stop them from spreading on hotter days.

  • Children cannot contract COVID-19

The virus is not limited to only adults or a particular set of people, as everyone can contract the virus. We must follow guidelines by wearing our face masks, washing our hands, and social distancing, so children would not contract the virus. 

Despite all these myths, there are also facts about the virus that should be noted for our safety. A few of them will be addressed below.

  • Loss of smell

Aside from the common symptoms of the virus, which are fever, breathing problems, and cough, loss of smell can also be a symptom. It is not a common symptom in all cases, but in some instances, the patients had a loss of smell (anosmia). It is advisable to get tested if you are experiencing this. Taking an antigen lateral flow test is also advisable. Try to locate centres around you. For clinics within Acton and its environs, search ‘antigen lateral flow test Acton,’ or click here to book an appointment with us.

  • The virus has different variants

The virus causing COVID-19 has different variants; there is the alpha variant, beta variant, delta variant, and the omicron variant. Like every other virus, SARS-CoV-2 (the virus causing COVID-19) also changes into different forms. Scientists may soon discover other variants as the virus changes fast.

  • You can have the COVID-19 virus without having symptoms

There are several cases where someone has the virus but does not know because they do not experience any COVID-19 symptoms. These people are called asymptomatic. The fact that these people do not display symptoms does not stop them from transmitting it to others, so following COVID-19 safety guidelines is essential and getting your fit-to-fly certificates. 

  • A person can get infected twice

The fact that one has been infected by the virus once does not grant the person immunity for life, mainly because there are different variants. 

People need to follow COVID-19 guidelines, and also very important to avoid getting misinformed about the virus; thus, doing some research before taking any action is advisable.