COVID second wave, myths and facts.

covid second wave, myths and facts.

26/04/2021

COVID second wave, myths and facts.

This has been a year of fear and uncertainty, from the fear of contracting coronavirus for ourselves or our loved ones to the feeling that the world outside our doors is a dangerous place. It has only been compounded by restriction/lockdown being implemented again. Many of us are feeling the heat of second wave anxiety. It refers to the stress and worry associated with this unusual period in time. But all we should do to defeat the COVID second wave is follow the COVID protocol as announced by the government and local administration.

Reason for the Second Wave

Scientists from the most renowned institutions and research centers in India have indicated that this sudden increase in active cases can be traced by 2 distinctive factors.

Opening of Schools/Colleges/offices – Even though such institutions are adhering to all of the COVID protocols announced by the government. But there has been little control over the public's COVID appropriate behavior, many of whom are not adhering to the necessary COVID protocols. This led to the transmission of the virus by several asymptomatic carriers.

A New Mutant Strain – A significant rise in the number of infected cases was caused by the virus' double mutant variant. Scientists feel this strain is approximately 70 times more infectious than the previous strain.

The silver lining

Although the number of cases is shooting up daily and creating a new high each day but death rates are low as compared to the previous wave. The experts believe that this Second Wave is most likely to see a fall from April end or may start. Taking solace in the low death rates, however, is not the way to go, and we should all adhere to the COVID protocols whenever we venture out.

Also, let's shed light on few myths and facts

Myth:

COVID-19 can be cured with vitamin and mineral supplements.

Fact:

This is not true. These are essential for a healthy immune system and play an important role in promoting health and nutritional well-being. But according to WHO, there is currently no guidance on the use of micronutrient supplements as a treatment for COVID-19.

Myth: While exercising, one should wear a mask.

Fact:

While wearing a mask to protect yourself from COVID-19 is recommended, doing so while exercising is not advisable because they may diminish their ability to breathe comfortably. Also, sweating while exercising can make the mask wet, allowing microorganisms to grow. When working out, it is best to keep a physical distance of at least one metre from others.

Myth: Hot weather ensures protection from novel coronavirus.

Fact: Many believed this during the first wave too that exposing themselves to the sun can protect them from coronavirus. But you can catch COVID-19 according to the WHO, no matter how hot or sunny the weather is. Even in India, the second wave is at its peak during summer.

Just remember to protect yourself, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or noseCOVID second wave, myths and facts.

This has been a year of fear and uncertainty, from the fear of contracting coronavirus for ourselves or our loved ones to the feeling that the world outside our doors is a dangerous place. It has only been compounded by restriction/lockdown being implemented again. Many of us are feeling the heat of second wave anxiety. It refers to the stress and worry associated with this unusual period in time. But all we should do to defeat the COVID second wave is follow the COVID protocol as announced by the government and local administration.

Reason for the Second Wave

Scientists from the most renowned institutions and research centers in India have indicated that this sudden increase in active cases can be traced by 2 distinctive factors.

Opening of Schools/Colleges/offices – Even though such institutions are adhering to all of the COVID protocols announced by the government. But there has been little control over the public's COVID appropriate behavior, many of whom are not adhering to the necessary COVID protocols. This led to the transmission of the virus by several asymptomatic carriers.

A New Mutant Strain – A significant rise in the number of infected cases was caused by the virus' double mutant variant. Scientists feel this strain is approximately 70 times more infectious than the previous strain.

The silver lining

Although the number of cases is shooting up daily and creating a new high each day but death rates are low as compared to the previous wave. The experts believe that this Second Wave is most likely to see a fall from April end or may start. Taking solace in the low death rates, however, is not the way to go, and we should all adhere to the COVID protocols whenever we venture out.

Also, let's shed light on few myths and facts

Myth:

COVID-19 can be cured with vitamin and mineral supplements.

Fact:

This is not true. These are essential for a healthy immune system and play an important role in promoting health and nutritional well-being. But according to WHO, there is currently no guidance on the use of micronutrient supplements as a treatment for COVID-19.

Myth: While exercising, one should wear a mask.

Fact:

While wearing a mask to protect yourself from COVID-19 is recommended, doing so while exercising is not advisable because they may diminish their ability to breathe comfortably. Also, sweating while exercising can make the mask wet, allowing microorganisms to grow. When working out, it is best to keep a physical distance of at least one metre from others.

Myth: Hot weather ensures protection from novel coronavirus.

Fact: Many believed this during the first wave too that exposing themselves to the sun can protect them from coronavirus. But you can catch COVID-19 according to the WHO, no matter how hot or sunny the weather is. Even in India, the second wave is at its peak during summer.

Just remember to protect yourself, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.