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Fact or Fiction – Dealing with the Myths around COVID-19

The world is facing its biggest public health crisis in over a century and one that is having an extraordinary impact on all our lives. In order to effectively deal with this unprecedent global pandemic we require close collaboration between governments, corporates and society at large. Mahindra’s immediate concern is the health and safety of its employees and associates. To that end, the Group already has implemented Work From Home since the past week. Rest assured that the company is continually assessing the situation and taking strong, decisive action as the circumstances demand.

In these past few days, we have learnt what it is like to work from home, while striving to remain productive and in contact with our colleagues. The old rules no longer hold true. This is a new situation for all of us, and we are all learning as we go along. Alongside, we are also dealing with stress and confusion regarding the virus, its spread, and what we must do to flatten the curve. In this article, we would like to bust some myths about COVID-19.

Myth 1: Coronavirus dies in hot/cold climates and at high/low temperatures.

Fact- The virus can be transmitted in all kinds of temperatures. Drinking hot/cold liquids or having hot/cold baths doesn’t kill the virus.

Myth 2: Mosquitoes transmit the virus.

Fact- COVID-19 is an airborne disease transmitted through an infected person's body fluids (cough, sneeze, etc.)

Myth 3: Hand dryers can kill the coronavirus.

Fact- Only washing your hands, including between your fingers for 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can kill the virus.

Myth 4: Ultraviolet lamps can kill the virus.

Fact- UV radiation harms you.

Myth 5: Thermal scanners can help detect infected people.

Fact- Thermal scanners can only detect whether the infected person has a fever. Many infected people may not have a fever. Some asymptomatic people can be carriers without ever being ill themselves.

Strive to get your updates from authentic sources like the World Health Organization website or from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare – India. These websites have the latest data on the pandemic. For vital information and constant company updates about the pandemic, please visit our microsite. It provides all the latest information, best practices and any changes to our policies. Most importantly Stay Home and Stay Safe.

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