Myths Around the Coronavirus

Scott Douglas Jacobsen
3 min readSep 24, 2020

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen

As of the time of writing this article — September 17 (2020), 6,400,000+ Canadians have been tested for the coronavirus with over 140,000 cases, 8,500 active cases, 123,000 recovered cases, and 9,200 deaths or mortality cases based on data from the Government of Canada. Everyone knows the general recommendations coming from the Canadian Government, from their health authorities, and… from their grandmothers, i.e., wear a mask, wash your hands, physically distance at least 6 feet or more, etc.

This will focus less on the obvious and more on the interesting myths, which have arisen in the time of the coronavirus. These resources come more comprehensively from the World Health Organization. Only a select few covered here. There was misinformation about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine for helping clinically with COVID-19. It does not. It helps with “malaria, lupus erythematosus, and rheumatoid arthritis.” Current evidence suggests the drug does not reduce deaths of hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

COVID-19, the disease, is caused by a virus and not by a bacteria, as it is part of the Coronaviridae family of viruses. This means, antibiotics do not work for COVID-19, because antibiotics do not work against viruses. Antibiotics can be recommended by a provider of healthcare if some complications involve a bacterial infection alongside COVID-19. No current drugs have been licensed as effective in prevention of treatment of COVID-19.

The World Health Organization stated, “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.”

An important fact about COVID-19, as indicated by the above-mentioned statistics from the Government of Canada: Most patients of COVID-19 recover, many die, but most recover from COVID-19. Here’s a fact, too: Drinking alcohol does not, in any way, protect from COVID-19. It, in fact, “can be dangerous.”

This one was simply too odd when I came across it. Some think COVID-19 can be spread via houseflies. There is no evidence to suggest this, at this time. So, a fear of houseflies spreading COVID-19 is not something to fear. It cannot be spread by mosquito bites either. Cold weather and snow don’t kill it; hot…

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight Publishing. Jacobsen supports science and human rights. Website: