Pondicherry Journal of Nursing
Volume 14 | Issue 2 | Year 2021

Myths and Facts about COVID-19: The Pandemic

Jaya Pradha Dhandapani1, Dhivagar Subburayan2

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Nursing, Kasturba Gandhi Nursing College, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry, India

2Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Kasturba Gandhi Nursing College, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry, India

Corresponding Author: Jaya P Dhandapani, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Nursing, Kasturba Gandhi Nursing College, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry, India, Phone: +91 7639126403, e-mail:

How to cite this article: Dhandapani JP, Subburayan D. Myths and Facts about COVID-19: The Pandemic. Pon J Nurs 2021;14(2):46–47.

Source of support: Nil

Conflict of interest: None


The corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in India is a part of the worldwide pandemic caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus 2.1 Slowly, the pandemic spread to various states including the union territory of Puducherry.2 The first case was recorded in Puducherry on March 17, 2020. Currently, a significant high-level prevalence of COVID-19 has been identified in almost all over Puducherry, which reached approximately 30,000 cases till date, and it takes a challenging lead in treating corona-positive patients in the pandemic situation.5 It reflects there is miscegenation about the novel coronavirus in the society. There are lots of myths and facts that muddle in the minds of positive COVID-19 patients.8 Hence, this article focuses on the myths and facts reflecting the level of cognition and also creates a general awareness about COVID-19 among the general public.10

Keywords: COVID-19, Disease, Facts, Myths, Spreading.


Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a deadly virus, which arises in high virulence all over the world. Miscegenation of information to the public will defeat the right information.1 They can muddle in their minds about COVID-19 and create stigma over together.2 Here, we focus on the various myths and facts about the deadly virus, give a crystal clear idea about COVID-19, and reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus in the world.3


There is no scientific research evidence about the myths on COVID-19, here such an imbecile attitude can create a superstitious belief among the current generation, which are as follows:3



Coronavirus has grappled the world day by day.8 With no preventive measure or cure in sight, a lot of misinformation is available on the media and it muddles between the general public; it can be hard to actually separate the fact from the fiction.9 We must find a lot of myths and hoax messages related to COVID-19 infection. The people should trust the recognized governmental organization about the facts on COVID-19 to reduce the anxiety during the pandemic situation.10


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