6 common COVID-19 myths debunked

Updated: 2 days ago

1. Herd immunity will work the same for the virus

Unfortunately, coronavirus is not like any other illnesses out there. Since there is a lack of information and understanding about the virus currently, we are unaware if herd immunity will work the same for this virus as it does many other illnesses out there. There are two types of tests that are done to detect an active coronavirus infection. One being an RT-PCR, also known as PCR, and the other one is a viral antigen test.


2. Coronavirus antibodies mean you're immune

This is one myth that is in need of a much deeper inspection. The main idea of herd immunity is that once you’ve had the illness, you will not be able to catch it again or pass it on to anybody else. Unfortunately, this may not be the case for Coronavirus.


3. A vaccine will make herd immunity a reality

Unfortunately, this myth is not correct either. Many doctors have stated that it will take quite a bit of time before they are able to produce and share the vaccine globally. It could take many years, even. To reach herd immunity, at least seventy percent of the population would need to be immune, give or take, doctors have stated. In the United States, that's hundreds of million people, and we are currently far from that number being a reality, unfortunately.


4. You can find out if your area has herd immunity

If you live somewhere with a high local transmission rate, or that's already gone through a surge, you might think there's some immunity floating around. That is certainly not the case.


5. You can get tested any time after being exposed

It will take a couple of days for the virus to become embedded enough in your system to be detected with testing. If you test too soon after being exposed, you could get a false negative result. After being tested for the virus it is important that you continue following social distancing protocols, otherwise it defeats the purpose of being tested.


6. If you don't have symptoms, you don't need to get tested

You must get tested if you think you might have been exposed to someone with the virus and you should do so right away. It is important to ensure that coronavirus tracking is as accurate as it possibly can be, and finding out your status is also crucial for contact tracing. Although no medical test is for sure accurate, the coronavirus swab test comes close for those who test positive. If you do test positive for the virus, you have been positively identified as having the disease.

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