It’s a good idea to wear a mask while exercising and to thoroughly clean shoes to avoid bringing COVID-19 into the home, correct? Here are a few new myths your patients may be sharing.
The World Health Organization's COVID-19 Mythbusters page has been updated again and several of the newest misconceptions reflect the global shift toward less restrictive lifestyles. Surgical or cloth masks have their place in the effort to stem virus spread and you may need to help educate your primary care patients on when--and when not--to use them. The following slides highlight new fictions posted the the WHO page and recap several stubborn ones.
FICTION: People should NOT wear masks when exercising as masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably.
Sweat can make the mask become wet more quickly which makes it difficult to breathe and promotes the growth of microorganisms.
The important preventive measure during exercise is to maintain physical distance of at least one meter from others.
FACT OR FICTION: The prolonged use of a surgical mask, even when properly worn, can cause CO2 intoxication or oxygen deficiency.
FICTION: The prolonged use of surgical masks can be uncomfortable. However, it does not lead to CO2 intoxication nor oxygen deficiency.
While wearing a surgical mask, make sure it fits properly and that it is tight enough to allow normal breathing. A disposable mask should NOT be reused and always changed as soon as it gets damp.
FACT. The likelihood of COVID-19 being spread on shoes and infecting individuals is very low.
As a precautionary measure, particularly in homes where infants and small children crawl or play on floors, consider leaving shoes at the entrance of the home. This will help prevent contact with dirt or any wastethat could be carried on the soles of shoes.
FACT OR FICTION. Introducing bleach or another disinfectant into the body has been effective in preventing infection with COVID-19.
FICTION/DANGEROUS. Under NO circumstance should bleach
or any other disinfectant be introduced into the body. These substances can be poisonous if ingested and cause irritation
and damage to skin and eyes.
Bleach and disinfectant should be used carefully to disinfect surfaces only. Remember to keep chlorine (bleach) and other disinfectants out of reach of children.
FACT OR FICTION. The ability to hold one's breathfor ≥10 seconds without coughing or feeling discomfort indicates the absence of infection with COVID-19.
FICTION. The best way to confirm infection with the virus producing COVID-19 disease is with a laboratory test. This CANNOT be confirmed with this breathing exercise, which can even be dangerous.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are dry cough, tiredness and fever. Some people may develop more severe forms of the disease, such as pneumonia.
FACT. COVID-19 is transmittable, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. Countries with hot weather report cases of COVID-19.
The best protection, regardless of weather or climate, is to wash hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid touching the eyes, mouth, and nose.
FICTION. To date there is no information or evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. This respiratory virus spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.
Clean hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash with soap and water. Avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.