The world is distressed with the outbreak of the latest corona virus. More than one lakh people have been tested positive and WHO warns the numbers could increase significantly. Majority of the world is under some sort of a lockdown. Social distancing is the only way to contain the rapid spread of the virus.
What spreads faster and wider than the novel coronavirus, especially in a huge country with a massive population like India? Fake news, of course. As with any major phenomenon, rumours, gossip and unscientific beliefs are making their way into people’s screens and minds. Listed here are some of the most commonly associated myths surrounding the diseases and the real truth you need to know. Do share it and help someone in need!
1. Face Masks Protect You From Virus
Standard surgical masks cannot protect you from SARS-CoV-2, as they are not designed to block out viral particles and do not lay flush to the face. That said, surgical masks can help prevent infected people from spreading the virus further by blocking any respiratory droplets that could be expelled from their mouths. So wearing a mask when you are sick from cold or fever is recommended. Any close caretakers in the proximity of the affected person are also advised to wear masks.
2. The Virus Was Probably Made In Lab
No evidence suggests that the virus is man-made. Viruses can change over time. Occasionally, a disease outbreak happens when a virus that is common in an animal such as a pig, bat or bird undergoes changes and passes to humans. This is likely how the new coronavirus came to be. In short, the characteristics of corona virus fall in line with what we know about other naturally occurring coronaviruses that made the jump from animals to people.
3. Kids Can’t Catch The Corona Virus
Children can definitely catch COVID-19, though initial reports suggested fewer cases in children compared with adults. For example, a Chinese study from Hubei province released in February found that of more than 44,000 cases of COVID-19, about only 2.2% involved children under age 19.
4. Vitamin C Prevents You From Catching COVID-19
Researchers have yet to find any evidence that vitamin C supplements can render people immune to COVID-19 infection. In fact, for most people, taking extra vitamin C does not even ward off the common cold, though it may shorten the duration of a cold if you catch one. That said, vitamin C serves essential roles in the human body and supports normal immune function.
5. A Vaccine For COVID-19 Is Available
For a vaccine to be tested and approved for human use, it takes several years. Rushing the process would be added stress to the scientists. There is no vaccine for the new coronavirus right now. Scientists have already begun working on one, but developing a vaccine that is safe and effective in human beings will take many months. Moreover testing it on animals and clinically ill patients will still be a long road ahead.
6. Ordering Chinese Products Is Dangerous
Researchers are studying the new coronavirus to learn more about how it infects people. As of this time, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that the likelihood of becoming infected with COVID-19 from a commercial package is low since it has likely traveled over several days and been exposed to different temperatures and conditions during transit. Moreover, the corona virus is not viable for more than 42 hours.
7. COVID-19 Will Vanish In Higher Temperature
COVID-19 cases have appeared in many tropical countries like Singapore, Thailand, India. So the idea that it will completely go away in the summer is not true. When it comes to virus transmission factors such as temperature, humidity and type of surface must be considered. Virus-laden droplets on surfaces can remain anywhere between 2 hours to nine days according to the WHO. These are likely to dry out rapidly in warm weather, possibly reducing its chances of being picked up.
8. Antibiotics Treat Corona Virus
This is not true. Antibiotics work only against bacteria. What we are dealing with now is a virus, which an antibiotic cannot kill. The reason antibiotics are prescribed when someone is infected with, say, the influenza virus, is that this leaves you vulnerable to other bacteria in your system, so the infection becomes two-pronged. The virus kills epithelial cells that line the respiratory tract making it vulnerable and bacteria can grow very easily on it. But in this case, an antibiotic is of no use.
9. Meat Can Spread Corona
COVID-19 is a respiratory infection that can only come from direct contact with droplets released by an infected person. While it may have originated in animals and then transmitted to people through dietary means, it is not transmitted from person to person through food or meat. So there is no reason why you should stop eating non-vegetarian food. The only precautions to be taken should be to ensure whatever is eaten is fresh, properly cooked and is stored or transported with correct hygiene protocols.
10. Mosquitoes Transmit Corona Virus
No. To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the corona virus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The World Health Organization says the above fact. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.
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Harry Potter At Home With Your Favorite Celebs!
Famous celebs and film personalities from around the world have come together. Above all, the purpose of this union is even more exciting. Celebrities from around the world have got together for an initiative, Harry Potter At Home.
What is Harry Potter At Home?
Happy Potter At Home is a hub where one can find latest magical treats. For instance, there are special contributions from Scholastic and Bloomsbury. In addition there are various craft videos, quizzes, articles, puzzles and much more. There are many exciting activities for newbies as well as for those well versed for the wizard world.
Under the initiative of Harry Potter At Home, the celebs are reading the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/ Sorcerer’s Stone.
Chapter 1 by Daniel Radcliff
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Surprise! We've got a treat for you… From today, amazing friends of the Wizarding World are going to take turns reading Harry Potter book one. And to start us off with Chapter One: ‘The Boy Who Lived’ we think you’ll agree we have the perfect narrator… ⚡️ That's not all! Over the coming weeks, we’re going to be joined by other familiar faces reading all 17 chapters of Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone. To watch all of ‘The Boy Who Lived’ head to the link in our bio.
The narration of Harry Potter by Harry himself! Wow! Isn’t that just amazon. Firstly Daniel has left us all awestruck with his portrayal of Harry Potter. Now he is all set to woo us with his narration of Harry Potter.
Chapter 2 by Noma Dumezweni
Chapter 3 by Eddie Redmayne
The third chapter of the book, The Letters From No One is read by Eddie Redmayne.
Chapter 4 by Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry took up the task of introducing the listeners to Rubeus Hagrid. For instance, it is a pleasure to hear the vivid description of Hagrid arriving with a birthday cake, a pink umbrella. Most importantly, he brings to Harry a news that will change his life forever.
Chapter 5 by Simon Callow, Bonnie Wright and Evanna Lynch
The chapter 5 of the book, Daigon Alley takes us through the most exciting and magical trip of Harry’s life in this session of Harry Potter At Home.
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Three up… two across… and tap three times to reveal… ‘Diagon Alley’ and three star storytellers! Actor Simon Callow is joined by Hogwarts alumni @thisisbwright and @msevylynch as we step into Harry Potter’s first glimpse of the wizarding world. #HarryPotterAtHome ☂️Tap into Chapter Five by following the link in our bio
Chapter 6 by The Cursed Child Broadway Cast
This reading of Harry Potter At Home is a special one. For instance, it is read by the Broadway Cast of The Cursed Child. Further, it is about The Journey From Platform Nine and Three Quarters.
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How many people can you squeeze into one chapter? Let’s find out as we jump on board with Jamie Parker and the Broadway cast of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child for ‘The Journey From Platform Nine and Three-Quarters’ 🚂 #HarryPotterAtHome Watch Chapter Six now via the link in our bio
Chapter 7 by Olivia Colman, Jonathan Van Ness and Kate McKinnon
The seventh chapter of the series is about The Sorting Hat.
Chapter 8 by Alia Bhatt and Alec Baldwin
The Potions Master, which is the eighth chapter is read by our very own Alia Bhatt. To accompany her there is Alec Baldwin. In addition, there is a treat for us as Alec is joined by his daughter as well.
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Channelling our inner Snape and swooping in with *another* chapter! Bewitch the mind with ‘The Potions Master’ read by @AliaaBhatt featuring an adorable cameo from @AlecBaldwinInsta and his daughter! #HarryPotterAtHome Head into double Potions with Chapter Eight⚗️ via the link in our bio.
Best Adventure Movies Ever Made
With the world reeling under the coronavirus outbreak, going on an adventure trip seem like a very distant site. Although, you can always have some adventure virtually by binge-watching some great adventure movies.
Here are some brilliant movies that will take you on a fun roll. Moreover, it will escape you into a new adventure journey making the things happier compared to the ones we are living in right now!
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
2. The Lord of the Rings
3. Indiana Jones
The quintessential adventure film, one of the Indiana Jones film is hard to pick. A poll a few years ago deemed Harrison Ford ‘s fictional archaeology professor to be the most famous character in the series, beating Batman and his own Han Solo. It is easy to understand why. Indiana Jones lives the fantasies of many lifetimes.
4. The Man Who Would Be King
5. The Goonies
Top B-Town Celebs Who Are Also Staunch Vegans
Veganism is all set to be the top food trend of 2020. Scores of people are turning away from having animal products and adopting a healthy style of living. The concept of veganism is not new, but it has received a lot of limelight lately and we have to thank the Indian celebs for its popularity. Here is the list of hottest celebs from B-Town who are part of the vegan community.
1. Sonam Kapoor
Recently Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor was named the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Person of the Year for 2018. The diva is not only an advocate of animal welfare but also keeps animal skins out of her handbag line for her fashion brand Rheson. She is also a staunch follower of veganism. Sonam Kapoor has revealed that she is iodine deficient. The actress took to Instagram to announce the news. Sonam is a vegan and says that the easiest way to fulfil the Iodine need of the body is table salt.
2. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli who is hitting 30, is also among the vegan club of athletes and celebs. The Indian cricket team captain recently adopted veganism in October. He went through a major fitness transformation after deciding to steer away from animal-based products. Kohli even admitted that the change in his food habit has improved his game. He isn’t missing meat, eggs or dairy, he says.The nation’s biggest sports star eats only plants. The Delhi boy and self-confessed lover of all things makhani is now completely off dairy.
3. Kangana Ranaut
One of the most acclaimed actresses of Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut turned vegan in 2013. Prior to this, she was a non-vegetarian. The B-town diva ditched dairy-based products after she realised that it was giving her acidity. She is very vocal about her take on veganism and cow slaughtering. Kangana Ranaut was once a hardcore non-vegetarian, then turned vegetarian and then vegan. ” I realised that consuming dairy products was not agreeing with me and was giving me acidity. Hence, I switched to being a vegan”, She says.
4. Aamir Khan & Kiran Rao
Star wife and a producer, director, and writer of B-town, Kiran Rao is also a vegan. She gave up animal meat and dairy product for the good of her health. Following his wife’s footstep, Bollywood’s Mr. Perfectionist also chose to change his food habits. Aamir decided to go vegan in 2015. He took the decision after his wife showed him a video about the common diseases caused by consuming animal products and how a diet change can prevent them.
5. Sonakshi Sinha
The Dabangg actress turned vegan because of her love for animals. She confessed to have shed a lot of weight after adopting the new food style and had said that vegan diet helped boost her metabolism. Sticking to a vegan diet has worked wonders for Sonakshi Sinha. The actress has lost much of her weight and is in great shape. She also revealed that she made the switch to boost her body’s metabolism to a great extent. She completely transformed herself after the switch.
6. Jacqueline Fernandes
Jacqueline has been quite vocal about animal cruelty and has been following meat and dairy-free diet from several years now. She has apparently also started a restaurant in Mumbai to serve people healthy vegan food. She also supports many NGOs and other organisations that support veganism and condemns animal cruelty.
7. Neha Dhupia
Veganism is taking popular leaps in the world, and several B-Town celebrities have turned to adopted this lifestyle. One of them is the former Miss India pledged to protect the environment and animal by adopting veganism. Neha opted for plant-based foods and even helped PETA launch their V-Card, India’s first-ever discount savings card for vegans.
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