Mythbusting with truthful and factual information direct from the World Health Organisation and the NZ Ministry of Health. Some of these myths are now so widely debunked that we no longer need to support the facts with data.

FACT#1: Covid-19 is Here to stay

There are vaccines (and boosters) to minimise your chances of getting it, but there is no medicine available that will 100% “STOP” you getting it. There are also medicines that can reduce the impact if you do get it.

FACT#2: People of all ages can be infected by the COVID-19 virus

Older people and younger people can be infected by the COVID-19 virus. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.

The Ministry of Health advice is that people of all ages should take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.

FACT#3: The likelihood of shoes spreading COVID-19 is very low

FACT#4: The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by a virus, NOT by bacteria

The virus that causes COVID-19 is in a family of viruses called Coronaviridae. Antibiotics do not work against viruses. Some people who become ill with COVID-19 can also develop a bacterial infection as a complication. In this case, antibiotics may be recommended by a health care provider.

FACT#5: The prolonged use of medical masks* when properly worn, DOES NOT cause CO2 intoxication nor oxygen deficiency

The prolonged use of medical masks can be uncomfortable. However, it does not lead to CO2 intoxication nor oxygen deficiency. While wearing a medical mask, make sure it fits properly and that it is tight enough to allow you to breathe normally. Do not re-use a disposable mask and always change it as soon as it gets damp.

* Medical masks (also known as surgical masks) are flat or pleated; they are affixed to the head with straps or have ear loops.

FACT#6: Most people who get COVID-19 recover from it

Most people who get COVID-19 have mild or moderate symptoms and can recover thanks to supportive care. If you have a cough, fever and difficulty breathing seek medical care early – call your health facility by telephone first.

FACT#7: Drinking alcohol does not protect you against COVID-19 and can be dangerous

FACT#8: Thermal scanners CANNOT detect COVID-19

FACT#9: There are now several drugs licensed for the treatment and/or prevention of COVID-19

FACT#10: Adding pepper to your soup or other meals DOES NOT prevent or cure COVID-19

FACT#11: COVID-19 is NOT transmitted through houseflies

FACT#12: Spraying and introducing bleach or any other disinfectant into your body WILL NOT protect you against COVID-19 and would be exceptionally dangerous

Do not under any circumstance spray or introduce bleach or any other disinfectant into your body. These substances are poisonous if ingested and cause irritation and damage to your 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#13: Drinking methanol, ethanol or bleach DOES NOT prevent or cure COVID-19 and would be extremely dangerous

FACT#14: 5G mobile networks DO NOT spread COVID-19

FACT#15: Exposing yourself to the sun or temperatures higher than 25°C DOES NOT protect you from COVID-19

FACT#16: Catching COVID-19 DOES NOT mean you will have it for life

FACT#17: The COVID-19 virus can spread in hot and humid climates

FACT#18: The COVID-19 virus can spread in cold weather, rain and snow. (It doesn’t care what the weather is!)

FACT#19: The COVID-19 virus CANNOT be spread through mosquito bites

FACT#20: Eating garlic does NOT prevent COVID-19 (but it might keep other people away from you?)

FACT#21: People should NOT wear masks while exercising

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#22: Antibiotics CANNOT prevent or treat COVID-19

Antibiotics work only against bacteria, not viruses. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, and therefore antibiotics should not be used for prevention or treatment. However, if you are hospitalized for COVID-19, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.