Busting Myths about Covid-19 that Students Should Know
Over the past fifteen months, countries have been forced to close, workers have been laid off, lectures moved online, and countless people have had to quarantine. Despite all safeguards and protective measures, the Covid-19 pandemic is still with us after over a year – yet it remains much misunderstood. Let’s take a closer look at it.
SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus that has spread to every continent except Antarctica. As a result, on March 11 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the situation from a public health emergency to a pandemic. As you’ll probably remember, in December 2020, a new variant of the virus emerged in the UK, dubbed the ‘Kent variant’. This new variant spreads more easily and now makes up the majority of cases in the UK, accounting for up to 60%. With last-minute changes to restrictions at Christmas, followed by (yet another) lockdown in January 2021, it’s fair to say Covid-19 took precedence over most Brits’ travel plans.
As well as mass disruption, the onset of the pandemic caused widespread fear. People were terrified, and with that fear came disinformation and a slew of fabricated stories that encircled the subject. Below, AmberStudent knocks the bottom out of some of the most common coronavirus myths that have circulated on social media and elsewhere.
Myth #1 - Viruses in the body can be killed by spraying alcohol or chlorine on the skin.
Do not do this! When alcohol or chlorine is applied to the skin, it can irritate, particularly if it gets into the eyes or mouth. These synthetics can disinfect floors, but they should absolutely not be used on human bodies. Similarly, these products are unable to resist infections inside the body.
Myth #2 - People with pre-existing conditions and older adults are only the ones at risk of infection.
SARS-CoV-2, like other coronaviruses, is contagious to individuals of all ages. Adults and individuals with previous illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, or asthma, on the other hand, are more prone to severe disease. Although people under the age of 40, including children, are less likely to become seriously ill from Covid-19, the virus can still cause long-term problems and even death.
Myth #3 - The virus will die when the temperatures rise.
Some viruses, such as the flu, transmit more rapidly in cooler climates or conditions. This does not, though, imply that their propagation ceases at higher temperatures. Cases going down in the warmer months is mostly due to the fact we spend more time socialising outside – so if you’re worried, it’s best to meet your friends in your local park.
Myth #4 - Covid-19 is just like the flu.
Although both illnesses have similar symptoms – body aches, fever, and sore throat – Covid-19 spreads much more quickly, hence the reason for lockdowns, travel restrictions, hotel quarantines, and plenty of extra health and safety rules.
If you are an international student pursuing your education in the United Kingdom, you’ll want to find the cheapest student housing that is properly sanitized and has significant Covid-19 safety controls. Check out these Student halls in Nottingham, Student housings London, Student housing Coventry, Student accommodation Bristol or Student Accommodation in Manchester for some of the best student accommodation in these uncertain times.
How can AmberStudent help you?
We at AmberStudent are committed to providing you with the best student accommodation experience and we have options available anywhere in the world. We have constantly been upgrading our COVID procedures and will be delighted to assist you with them.