Avoid this ‘self-check test’ for Coronavirus Recently Getting Viral on Social Media

Despite what most people think, many of the social media surfers are believing in this rumor.

While many are circulating this ‘simple self-check test’ of coronavirus, medical experts say it is completely incorrect.

Seems like it was written in the iPhone notes app, the post divided into the 3 parts falsely claims that people can find out if they have coronavirus simply by holding their breath for more than 10 seconds. The test claims that if one can hold their breath in more than 10 seconds without any difficulty, they don’t have the virus.

The post began circulating on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Emails last week, was wrongly credited to a member of ‘Stanford Hospital Board’. But the spokeswoman at Stanford Health Care, Lisa Kim told ‘CNN’ the ‘dangerous’ post is not related to Stanford Medicine and ‘contains inaccurate information.’

To expose the inaccurate information mentioned in the post, Dr. Robert Legare Atmar, an infectious disease specialist at Baylor Colege of Medicine expressed his views for the claims made in this post.

Myth: Drinking water will guard you against the virus

CLAIM: “If you don’t drink enough water more regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and into the lungs.”

Whoever has created this post also penned that one should drink water ‘every 15 minutes at lease’ to push the virus down the throat into the stomach and the acid will probably kill the virus.

Fact: Atmar cleared that there is no such evidence that any of the respiratory viruses work this way. “Even if it worked at all, which it doesn’t, people still breathe in from their nose, not just their mouths,” Atmar added. “This would still only protect the mouth and not the nose.”

Myth: Gargling salt water will prevent the coronavirus

CLAIM: “A simple warm water & salt solution will suffice”

Together with the warm water and salt solution, the post also mentioned drinking only warm water will prevent the virus.

Fact: Based on the information about the respiratory viruses, saltwater “would not be expected to work,” Atmar said.

Well, other than these two, there are five other myths stated in the post which Atmar said are inaccurate. 

  • Myth: You’re completely fine if you can hold your breath in for 10 seconds.
  • Myth: It’s just a cold if you have a runny nose.
  • Myth: You’ll probably catch pneumonia if you have the virus.
  • Myth: Virus-infected patients will experience a drowning sensation.
  • Myth: By the time coronavirus patient is hospitalized, they will have fibrosis in the lungs.

While coronavirus is a serious issue for everyone around the world, the spread of incorrect information can be both critical and deadly.

If you are not sure if anything you are reading about the virus is correct, the best thing you can do is check in your local Disease Control and Prevention or your local healthcare department – not social media!

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