Coronavirus, as an anomalous phenomenon of the turn of the century, continues to test our way of livelihood and humanity. Compelled to discard the old ways of life stress is induced, and so is the resultant panic and concocted theories.
In the way of the 21st-century world, life has sought refuge and solace in science-driven solutions and answers along with the traditional dose of religious preachings. As science continues to struggle in finding a cure, the usual recourse to battle this invisible enemy has fallen upon the battalion of myth!
There is a myth going on in many parts of the world, that because of globalization, the Covid-19 virus could spread quickly and affect many around the world. Although it may be true that because of flying distance coverage by air, water, and other sources, the disease spread, laying the entire blame on globalization is wrong. There are many instances in history where epidemics had spread and cause loss of human lives in millions before air transportation even existed.
The next myth is that of the eradication of the virus with the rise in temperature. Many believe that once summer approaches, COVID-19 will cease to exist. Not only is this a fatal illusion, but it also aggravates some dangerous ideologies. Coronavirus may or may not survive for long in the open atmosphere at a temperature of over 25-degree centigrade. But it has the full potential to infect a human host within the stipulated time of its survival. So, standing in the sun won’t give you anything but a bad case of sunburn and some vitamin D.
Your poison might be a dirty martini, but on the deadly virus, it has no such effect. The myth that is doing the rounds for some weeks is that alcohol can be threatening to the virus, but no such myth has any validation. Sanitizers contain ethyl alcohol, which is potent enough to kill the germs on your skin surface; however, if ethyl alcohol is consumed (which is not equivalent to your Rum’s content), it will assuredly put you in a coffin. Getting liver cirrhosis is not the alternative that you should seek, either.
Social Distancing is an umbrella and not the night, and once you remove the shield, you will feel the heat. Staying isolated will keep you protected, but by no means, it’s a cure. Therefore easing of lockdowns does not mean a get-together at all.