COVID MYTHS You Must Never Believe

1. COVID MEANS DEATH

a.The moment you wake up in the morning until you sleep at night, you’re constantly hearing terrible news on TV channels and magazines about deaths happening because of coronavirus.
 
b.While it is true that people are dying because of Corona Virus, it doesn’t mean that every single person who gets COVID is going to die.

i. In fact, a vast majority of people, 80-85% people only get mild disease and recover without any treatment.

ii. Another 10 to 15% get moderate disease and never have to be admitted to the hospital and they also recover with simple treatment with steroids.

iii. Less than 5% people need to get admitted in the hospital and most of these people recover also.

iv. Yes, probably there is 1- 2% people who get critically ill and may die. But if you look at it, a vast majority of people almost 98% recover from COVID. So, do not get paralyzed with fear when you are tested positive for COVID.

v. Take common sense precautions and take advice from a good doctor.

2. REMDESIVIR SAVES YOUR LIFE

a. Even though initially everyone got excited about Remdesivir the truth is, it doesn’t make much impact in saving lives, as per latest research. If at all, it may be a little helpful in the first few days when you get COVID infection by reducing the viral replication but otherwise it is not a LIVE SAVING drug.

b. So, don’t sell your home or spend a fortune to buy Remdesivir in black market. Keep that money and use it for something else that’s useful.

c. The only medication that is shown to improve mortality is steroids.

 

3. PLASMA DONATION HELPS IN TREATING A COVID PATIENT

a. Convalescent plasma got so much hype initially but it is proven not to be that helpful. Again, this is not a lifesaving treatment.

b. The idea behind convalescent plasma transfusion is that a person who recovered from COVID infection may contain antibodies in his plasma that could fight coronavirus. Theoretically it makes sense and that is the reason people started using this treatment but the results are disappointing.

c. So, do not waste your time, energy, and money to buy plasma. Next time if you really want to donate blood or plasma that is fine but that is not necessarily going to save any lives from COVID. Research doesn’t back use of convalescent treatment.

4. DOXYCYCLINE AND IVERMECTIN CURES COVID

a. Doxycycline, Ivermectin, Azithromycin, and Hydroxychloroquine – None of these medications are research proven and are not to be used for COVID treatment.

b. Especially don’t use all these medications at once because that increases the risk of having side effects.

c. Each of these medications when used alone have low risk for getting side-effects though.

d. If you were prescribed one of these medications by your doctor and if you want to finish the course, that is okay. It shouldn’t cause you much harm.

5. COVID VACCINATION IS HARMFUL

a. If you have any doubt about COVID vaccine, it is time that you leave all your doubts behind and take the vaccine. There is enough research done about COVID vaccines and we know for sure that the side effect profile is low and it is rare to have any kind of adverse reaction.

b. The vaccine protects you from COVID. After 14 days from the first dose of the vaccine (Covaxin and Covishield) you typically get around 70% of protection. And after 14 days from the second dose of the vaccine you get 80 to 90% of protection.

6. STEAM INHALATION MAKES CORONAVIRUS GO INTO OUR LUNGS

It seems, there is lot of discussion out there that steam inhalation could make the virus go into your lung and cause more infection and damage. That’s a myth. There is no evidence that steam inhalation is dangerous or causes COVID. If you feel like using steam inhalation, feel free to do so.
 
7. BUTTERMILK CAN CURE COVID

While buttermilk and yogurt are good for your health and may boost your immunity, there is no evidence that they can cure COVID. The same is true for many of the supplements that are being recommended like vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc etc. None of these supplements can cure COVID. They could only help boost your immunity to some extent. But, the most important thing is to keep your stress levels low and sleep well at night; and there is no greater booster of immunity than that.

Written by Dr Kiran Dintyala

I am a board-certified internal medicine physician practicing in San Diego, California. I hold a Masters in Public Health (MPH) and an MD in Internal Medicine. I am also a Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Am an author, speaker, and stress management expert. I am is the founder of Stress-Free Revolution. My mission is to alleviate the suffering and improve the emotional well-being of people across the world, and to raise the global happiness index.

May 10, 2021

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