Common coronavirus misconceptions

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Victoria Loredan, News Editor

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created a pandemic across the world causing many people to panic. Through this time of crisis, many people have heard misconceptions that are frightening them. Here are five common misconceptions about COVID-19.

 

1. The Coronavirus can be spread through mosquito bites

No evidence has supported the fact that COVID-19 can be transmitted by mosquitos. For the virus to pass through humans from mosquitos, the virus must be able to replicate inside the mosquito. The virus is spread primarily through droplets formed by an ill person coughing or sneezing. It can also spread through droplets or saliva or discharge from the nose. 

 

 

2. The Coronavirus only infects old people

Everyone can be infected with Coronavirus. However, older people with long term illnesses such as diabetes are more at risk to become severely ill with the virus. Nonetheless, if you’re young and have asthma you would also be at risk. The virus is most dangerous towards people with long term and respiratory illnesses.  

 

3. It’s not safe to receive packages from China

 

The likelihood of becoming infected from a package from China is low. The package has traveled over for multiple days and has experienced different temperatures and conditions during the shipping process.

 

4. Black people cannot get the Coronavirus

 

No matter your race, you can get the Coronavirus. British actor, Idris Elba slams the myth when he contracted the virus. The myth circulated around during the start of the pandemic. An African-American male recovered from the virus and people immediately believed that black people couldn’t get the virus. However, the doctor quickly disputed the allegation. 

 

5. Pets can spread the virus

 

There is no evidence to prove whether or not pets can spread the virus. There are many different types of coronaviruses that can infect animals. These viruses can spread to humans but that is very rare. The first animal case in the United States was a tiger at a zoo in New York City. The tiger had a respiratory illness.