Our lives have changed a lot throughout the past year. You have been working from home if you are able, wearing a mask whenever you go to public locations, and have even been limiting your contact with friends and family members when you are able to do so. As much as we have learn about COVID-19 in the past few months, there is still all sorts of misinformation out there that needs to be addressed. Continue reading to learn about some common COVID-19 myths and why they are not true.
Myth 1: Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Can Cure COVID-19
While micronutrients, like vitamins D and C and zinc, are all critical for an immune system to function properly, and play a role in the well-being of your entire body, there is no guidance on the use of micronutrient supplements at a treatment for COVID-19. If you have COVID-19, you should contact your family physician for guidance.
Myth 2: Hydroxychloroquine Has Clinical Benefits in Treating COVID-19
Hydroxychloroquine is a treatment for malaria, lupus erythematosus, and rheumatoid arthritis. However, current data shows that this drug doesn’t reduce the number of deaths among hospitalized COVID-19 patients or help people who are experiencing moderate symptoms. While this drug is accepted as generally safe for patients with malaria or autoimmune disorders, when it is used when it’s not indicated and without medical supervision, serious side effect can occur. Use of this drug should be avoided unless otherwise directed by a doctor.
Myth 3: COVID-19 Can Be Treated with the Use of Antibiotics
COVID-19 is a virus and is not caused by a bacterial infection. Antibiotics are solely used to fight off bacteria in the body, so they are not an effective treatment against COVID-19. However, if you are hospitalized for COVID-19, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is a possibility. This can help to prevent other complications while your body fights off the virus.
Myth 4: You Should Avoid Regular and Emergency Dental Visits During the Pandemic
While it is a good idea to limit your contact with others during this time, refraining from receiving dental care during the pandemic can do more harm than good. Seeing your dentist isn’t just about keeping your teeth looking pretty. Your oral health has a significant impact on your overall wellbeing. Conditions like periodontal disease can be liked to problems elsewhere in the body, like diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, and osteoporosis. When you have an active infection in your mouth, you are more likely to get sick. Even though your immune system is doing everything it can to keep you healthy, it can only do so much at one time.
Your dental team is taking numerous precautions in order to keep the practice as safe as possible. This includes additional sanitation, daily team health checks, patient prescreening, and additional personal protective equipment (PPE).
Don’t let the misinformation that you see online fool you. By taking precautions and staying informed, we can come out of this pandemic stronger than ever!
About the Author
Dr. Larry C. Young is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for more than four decades. He earned his dental doctorate from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry and has had training at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL. Currently, he is a proud member of the Jacksonville Dental Society, Florida Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Dental Association. His team is taking 19 additional steps in order to make every visit to the practice as safe as possible. For more information or to schedule an appointment in Jacksonville, visit his website or call (904) 731-9833.