Busting Myths about SARS-CoV-2 Viral Pandemic to Non-medical Personnel

Ousman Bajinka (Department of Microbiology, Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University Changsha, Hunan, 410078, China)
Mariam Jaw (Department of Medical Physiology, Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Ankara, Turkey)
Firaol Lemessa Kitila (School of Public Health, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, 410078, China)

Article ID: 2447

Abstract


Background: During these moments of anxiety, fear and to some extentdespair, it is imperative for everyone to have access to the right information.This can be achieved through breaking down the science and medicalterminologies used to express the scenarios emanating from the COVID-19pandemic. Forward: This commentary focuses on the most askedquestions that, when not answered with scientific grounds to convince thenon-medics can result in non-science based “infodemics”. The brief historybehind COVID-19 pandemic, the science of SARS-CoV-2, the taxonomiesused, a brief on the Pathophysiology of SARS-CoV-2, the genetic make up,most vulnerable indivduals, antibodies against COVID-19, mother to babytransmission, conspiracy theories reagading the virus being weaponized,mutations occurring with SARS-CoV-2 and reoccurrence of COVID-19in the future are all explained at great length. The review made referencesto the existing publications regarding this pandemic. Conclusion: Whilethe science regarding this virus is not exhausted, we confirmed that, theknowledge gap between non-medics and medics is wide. The resultsemerging from the pandemic to form data are questionable, so it is ourcollective responsibility to fight against this virus in order to stop furtherspreading by providing the right information to the public. If we would notcome together to fight and win this battle, we might be witnessing manylarge cities turning into emerging epicenters of COVID-19.

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SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; Pandemic; non-medics; Scientific evidence

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