COVID-19 Mythbusters

Lisa C. COVID-19, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

Misinformation is harmful during an ongoing pandemic. Get the facts straight!

MYTH: Alcohol in hand sanitizers are harmful. ✔️ FACT: Alcohol-based sanitizers are safe for everyone to use.

  • Alcohols in the sanitizers have not been shown to create any relevant health issues.
  • Little alcohol is absorbed into the skin when you use alcohol-based sanitizers.

MYTH: Taking a hot bath can prevent COVID-19. ✔️ FACTS: Taking a hot bath cannot prevent you from catching COVID-19.

  • Taking a hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful.
  • The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands.

MYTH: You cannot catch COVID-19 if the weather is sunny and hot. ✔️ FACT: Exposing yourself to the sun or high temperatures DOES NOT protect you from COVID-19.

  • Countries with hot weather have reported cases of COVID-19.
  • You can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is.

MYTH: COVID-19 mRNA vaccines will change my DNA. ✔️ FACT: COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines will not alter your DNA.

  • RNA vaccines are like a recipe, teaching the cells of your body how to make a type of spike protein found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Once the protein is made, the cell then displays the protein piece on its surface. Our immune system then kicks in and starts building an immune response against it. The recipe is then broken down by the cell.
  • Among the vaccines authorized by the Canadian government, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are mRNA vaccines.

MYTH: The COVID-19 virus transmits through water. ✔️ FACT: The COVID-19 virus does not transmit through water.

  • The virus spreads between people when someone has close contact with an infected person.
  • When you are swimming or at swimming areas, avoid crowds and maintain social distancing from others.
  • Wear a mask when you’re not in the water and you can’t stay distant.
  • Clean your hands frequently, cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue or bent elbow, and stay home if you’re unwell.

Word of the Day:

Recipe: a set of instructions for cooking or making something

*Information from this post is taken from these websites on May 19, 2021: