Medical officials debunk COVID-19 myths

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) –Medical officials want you to be cautious of what you read on the internet about COVID-19.

While a lot of credible information is available about the virus, some information is actually a myth. Dr. Rohith Saravanan of Odessa Regional Medical Center says one of these myths is that masks are not effective.

“First we need people to understand that there is nothing detrimental to your health. I can give you a good example to sort of prove that. Surgeons that are operating on you wear those masks for several hours while they’re operating on you. If it was any detriment to their health, they wouldn’t wear them because it wouldn’t be a safe thing to do while they operate.”

Another myth is a mask prohibits the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide when you breathe. Dr. Saravanan disagrees.

“The reason for the mask is to block the droplets. Those are big and those will get caught by the mask. But the gas exchange – oxygen and carbon dioxide going in and going out – that’s not blocked by a mask.”

Dr. Saravanan says the number of COVID-19 patients at ORMC has nothing to do with the funding they receive through the CARES act.

“Federal CARES funding that was specifically designed to help hospitals cope with the Coronavirus pandemic, that is also coming to hospitals regardless if a hospital has X number of cases or Y number of cases. It doesn’t really matter that funding is still going to hospitals.”

Dr. Saravanan says the most accurate information will come from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

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