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PS5 – Sony’s New Offering in Consoles And What You Need To Know About It

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The audio-visual world has always received a lot more than just games from the PlayStation. Starting from 4k streaming and Blu-rays to DVD playback, you have experienced it all and been badly spoilt. Simply put, PlayStation never disappoints you. This explains why people expect extraordinary offerings by this winning product by Sony. By now, the expectations have soared to such a height that gamers have started believing PS5, which is currently the talk of the gaming town, will have a big-bang launch with eye-popping surprises for its admirers.

So, what the launch of this product will be like-what exclusive features will you get to see? Will there be an 8 k punch in the viewing experience? What about optical media support? How much cash you will have to Shell out for the machine? When exactly is it hitting the market?

Well, there are thousands of questions in the minds of gamers, but not all of them can be answered accurately right now. The reason is- we have got information only in bits and pieces from Sony. But from whatever information we have been exposed to, it can well be assumed that there will be a stir once this overly anticipated version of the PlayStation reaches store racks.

Let’s begin with the release date-

After too much rumor to handle about PS5’s release, Sony has put a stop to all of that by finally confirming the end of 2020 as the official release time for the machine. This time, however, is going to be a clash time for Xbox series x and PS5 release.

Although earlier it was announced by Sony that the release of PS5 wouldn’t take place before April 2020, they have gotten more specific now and finally given hope to gaming enthusiasts that holidays 2020 would be the most likely time of its release. Note that they made this announcement at CES 2020.

What is the PS5 logo going to look like?

Good news guys! Sony has confirmed the official logo for PS5. But to be honest, there is nothing shocking or overambitious about the design. It is pretty much in sync with the earlier designs and is a simple white on the black logo.

Let’s, now, come to the most important aspect – Features!

Yes, we don’t have sure answers to our curiosities, but the company has divulged enough information for us to be able to picture the overall experience PS5 is going to offer. Without a doubt, it will be a super-efficient, feature-packed console. This next-gen console will have the following features, according to the inside scoop. Let’s examine them one by one, here-

  • Loading will be a feature you will thoroughly enjoy-.

Loading times will get significantly reduced because of PS5’s ultra-speedy SSD. A demo was some time back conducted by PS5’s lead system architect, Mark Cerny in which he took Marvel’s Spider-Man as an example and elaborated on how PS5’s super-fast SSD could cut down the loading time considerably.

You will be surprised to know that while PS4 consumes around 8.10 seconds for loading, which in itself is a great deal, the PS5 is much faster and does the job in just 0.8 seconds.

The system has higher bandwidth, so you can load data from the SSD as and when required, instead of having a truckload of data getting loaded onto the RAM. This doesn’t just imply that your loading time will dip, it also means that now a boot up from standby will be swifter than ever.

  • PS5 will boost your gaming experience with a 3D audio technology-

This console sure gets a red-carpet treatment from Sony. Guess what! It gets its audio technology designed by Sony itself and the company names the technology Tempest 3D Audio Engine. By using unique software algorithms and tailored hardware, this technology is able to ensure that the sound quality users receive is premium, making their gaming experience more realistic and immersive than ever.

This custom solution has an important benefit- it works with all sorts of stereo headphones that are out there on the market, and finally with TV speakers, soundbars, etc.

  • Backward compatibility will keep your PS4 still meaningful-

Backward compatibility is a useful specification and means the compatibility of PS5 with PS4 games. Now, what this essentially implies is that PS5 is backward compatible with the software in PS4. Meaning, the digital as well as the physical software in PS4 will work on Sony’s new console. Say, you use your PSN account from PS4 to play games in PS5. You can then access your PS4 games, which you purchased from the PlayStation Store. To allay your concerns, Cerny made it clear that almost all top games will be available for play.

But an important thing that Sony hasn’t so far mentioned is whether the backward compatibility will also be applicable to the original PlayStation, PS2 or PS3.

  • PS5 all set to act as your home entertainment system-

With a built-in 4K Blu-ray player, your PS5 will be able to act as a top-notch entertainment system for home apart from being an amazing gaming console. Although PS3 had a Blu-ray technology, it was basic. Nonetheless, PS3 owes a part of its success to the popularity of this built-in technology. Sadly, we didn’t see an upped version of Blu-ray i.e. 4K Blu-ray in subsequent PlayStation versions namely PS4 and PS4 pro. So, it is indeed pleasant news for gamers that 4K Blu-ray is making a comeback. So, you won’t have to have a separate Blu-Ray player for the cinephile in you.

  • For that extra dash of convenience-

PS5’s super-efficient SSD will help you remove only those parts of games which you wish to do away with, instead of having to get rid of the entire product. Instantaneously, it will be possible for you to have access to such parts separately, getting into gameplay directly. In simple terms, the new PS5 will allow players to get directly into sections of games such as ‘save game’ and ‘matchmaking,’ without a requirement to boot up the game fully.

The operating system of PS5 enables gamers to set templates. Now, what does that mean? That simply means taking a direct leap from your home screen to a particular part of your favorite game. This makes it possible for you to avoid following processes rigidly such as booting up the full game and choosing specific game modes. Not just that, PS5 also helps you switch from one game to another installed in the system, with absolutely no hassle.

Mark Cerny earlier in an interview pointed at the fact that this feature would make players’ gaming experience all the more fascinating. He stated that Sony wants its gamers to be able to get into games with no obstacle.

What games can you expect?

The game library for PS5 is still elusive, and we know of it little. But one thing that is clear here is that the dominant focus is going to be on the first party studios of Sony. Nevertheless, one thing that gamers can be sure of is that Sony is never going to disappoint them. They always take care of the interests of gamers of all kinds and interests and puts the best on the platter when it’s finally the time.

It may be predicted from different information divulged at different times that Ghost of Tsushima and The Last of Us 2 could be released for PS4 and PS5, simultaneously. Various sources suggest that a PS4 exclusive game of 2015, which became quite a hit among players, is getting its sequel Horizon Zero Dawn 2, and it’s extremely likely that this game is on development exclusively for PS5. Dying Light 2 is also highly likely to feature in the list. But for the rest of the games, it still remains difficult to make any speculations. But what is for certain is that there is going to be an influx of engaging games. So, get ready for some predictions turning into reality and some extreme surprises!

What about a dual-tone controller!

Sony has also recently unveiled the controller which you will use to play games on PS5. The controller called the dual-sense controller has some major improvements and is definitely a more efficient controller than the previous versions. It is designed in a way to make gaming a more immersive experience for you.

Adaptive triggers with haptic feedback make for one of the most prominent features of this controller. And the biggest surprise lies in the fact that there will be a built-in mic in the controller so that players don’t have to use headsets for the purpose of communicating with their friends while in the game. PS4 has a share button, which is going to be replaced by a ‘create’ button on this PS5 controller. The lightbar at the top of the previous model has now been replaced with an LED around the touchpad. This makes the controller a little bulky to look at and to touch, though.

Its rechargeable, battery life is great and the dual-tone body is sure to steal your heart.

Now, that you know a lot about PlayStation5, you are in a better position to decide on whether or not to get a unit for yourself. However, if we need to sum things up, PS5 is indeed going to make your gaming experience worth it!

How are the Millennials and Gen Z different from each other?

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Millennials and Generation Z or Gen Z are terms that are thrown around in daily conversations. However, do you really understand the difference? Who are the millennials and who are Gen z and why it is important for us to understand these categories and their essential differences?

Well, let us start at the very beginning by understanding the term generation. Generation refers to the collective thoughts, beliefs, and practices of people who belong to the same time across different spaces. Though the characteristics will vary based on the place, a general trend and similarity and thought process are observed, especially after the world has become more connected than ever with the coming of the internet. Thus, when you study a generation, you get to understand what the world was thinking and doing at a period of time.

So, why do we need to study generations? Well, the existence of an individual depends on the interaction between two or three generations. For example, the millennials grew up in a household of baby boomers, while they interacted with gen Z later on and some of them even have gen Z kids! So, in order to sustain harmoniously, it is important to study and understand every generation. Apart from this, understanding generations has a huge benefit in the marketing industry. In order to create something which will be viable and catchy, one needs to understand the moods of the current generation, and hence, marketers often find themselves trying to understand every generation.

Who are millennials?

Millennials are broadly those who were born to Baby Boomer parents, and their timeline can be mapped from say from 1980-1995. So, if you are currently between 25-40 years of age, you are a millennial.

Who are the Gen Z?

This refers to all those born between the period 1996-2015. Those born after 2015 are referred to as the Generation Alpha.

What are their differences?

Seachange in socio-economic conditions, the coming of the internet and various other factors have contributed to giving rise to a palpable difference between the two generations. What are they? Let’s take a look:

  • Attention span 

This is very important to understand when it comes to marketing. The attention span of millennials is around 12 seconds. That is they can be gripped into a particular thing for 12 seconds. For example, suppose they are watching a YouTube video of 12 mins. It has been seen that most of them can hold their attention uninterruptedly for 12 seconds. When it comes to Gen Z however, their attention span on the same subject is most likely to be around 8 seconds.

  • Formal Education and vocational training

It has been seen that Gen Z is more inclined towards vocational training or prone more to learning on the job than getting a formal education. A lot of them are keeping it up because of familial pressure, but the basic attitude is need-based. For the millennials, however, having formal education and degrees matter more as a sign or indicator of their efficiency.

  • Optimism and Realism

Well, it has been seen that Gen Z tends to be more realistic and the Millennials more optimistic. The latter grew up in a period of more or less global prosperity and stability, unlike Gen Z, who to begin with, saw their parents struggle through a recession. The optimism of millennials pulls them through, while Gen Z is more realistic, and they work hard to achieve or reach their goal.

  • Collaboration and Independence

Suppose you have a situation where you ask a Gen Z individual and a Millennial to come up with a campaign plan and give them the option to select a team if they want. It is more likely that the Gen Z individual will start working on their own while the millennial will call for a full-blown team meeting. This is a very vital difference between the two where the Gen Z is more independent and believe doing things on their own, while the millennials are more collaborative and believe in addressing a task at hand as a team. So, if you are looking for a team leader, millennials would make a better choice.

  • Public and the personal

No points for guessing, but Gen Z is definitely more personal than the millennials. Millennials believe in sharing. They were the ones who designed and revolutionized our lives with social media, so it is but given that they believe in sharing than keeping everything private (think Facebook status updates). However, when it comes to Gen Z, they are more inclined towards keeping things bottled up within them or pen them down in a notepad than sharing it with the world. They are careful and selective, and hence, Snapchat is more popular with them, as they can delete their conservation too if they want.

  • Ones who use the digital space and the ones who built it

The millennials were the ones who built the digital space and experimented with it, developing and exploring newer and bigger possibilities of establishing a connection with everyone around. Gen Z however, when they hit their teens (considering the ones who were born in 1996), came in contact with phones, the internet, and within a couple of years, social media as well. They start using the space that had been developed by the millennials and hence there is a definite difference in their perception of the world.

  • Inclination towards innovation

When it comes to Gen Z, they are less likely to be fascinated by a new innovation than a millennial. Millennials grew up during a time without much technical innovation. But Gen Z saw a lot of innovations while they were growing up and hence their bar of expectation is much higher than the millennials. So, if you are a start-up and you want to impress a Gen Z client, well then you need to rack your brains harder!

  • Saving and enjoying

For the Gen Z who was growing up during a time which saw much uncertainty in the market, it is but natural that in general will have a tendency to save more. Millennials are more relaxed and focused on enjoying the money that they have and will not think twice before investing it for an experience. Gen Z, however, will not be so liberal with their pocket.

  • In-store and online shopping

Well, here’s a surprise! Gen Z is more inclined to go to stores and shop rather than millennials. Millennials who helped developed this platform, are more comfortable shopping online whereas when it comes to Gen Z, they prefer to go to a store, touch and feel the product, verify its authenticity with their own eyes and then buy it.

  • Brands and personal choices

For the millennials, brands are everything. For example, if you will find most millennials rambling on about brands when it comes to making purchase choices, from phones to clothes. However, for Gen Z, it is more about the usability and practicality of the product. Brand value is not something that makes much sense to Gen Z and hence they will explore and make a choice for themselves as to which one is better. Gen Z is not so easy to impress because of their skeptical nature.

  • Global citizens

When it comes to Gen Z, they are definitely global citizens. They grew up connected with the world, a connection which the millennials worked on the building. Gen Z has more in common with the global culture than with the local culture since the influences had come from global quarters when they were growing up. This is another very important difference to keep in mind about the two generations.

  • Multiple roles in a single job and single role in multiple jobs

When it comes to Gen Z, they want to experiment and push themselves as much as possible, and hence, they look for multiple roles. For example, a Gen Z copywriter in an ad agency would love to venture into client servicing or attend sales pitches. They would be fluid and open to it. If you want to retain your Gen Z employee give them multiple roles and see what they have to bring to the table because a Gen Z individual is nothing if not original. When it comes to the millennials; however, the situation is a little different. They want to shift their jobs but not their roles. Unlike baby boomers, who were comfortable in one single job and one role, millennials want to switch jobs, get salary hikes and live a comfortable life. This again differs from the Gen Z who are adventurous but also cautious, whereas the millennials are attracted more towards stability in one sector.

So, these are some of the most basic differences between the two generations. These differences help us to understand the generations a little better and resolve the conflict of opinions with a more objective view. They help us in understanding both of them and form a synergy to take our society forward towards progress.

Everything You Need To Know About Tiktok Vs Youtube Battle

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TikTok vs YouTube is the latest war on the internet in which the users of each platform are roasting those of other platforms. Now, you must be having various questions in mind such as – What happened? Who started it? Who are the key persons involved? etc. Don’t worry as we have got you covered. In this article, all your questions will be answered in a systematic manner. Without further ado, let’s dig into the matter.

First of all, let us explain what are both platforms i.e. YouTube and TikTok. YouTube is a video sharing service that allows users to watch, like, comment, share videos of others, and upload their own videos. This service or site can be accessed via computers, tablets, laptops, and smartphones. YouTube was created on 14th February 2005 by PayPal employees – Steve Chan, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim. In November of 2006, Google bought YouTube for 1.65 billion dollars. YouTube had and continues to have a very remarkable impact on the people. From basic comedy sketches to highly technical and complex processes to methods to cook delicious dishes, everything is available on YouTube.

Coming to TikTok, it is a short form, a video-sharing app that allows its users to create and share a 15-second video. Using TikTok, its users can create their own short videos on the mobile app and such videos are generally having musical numbers and songs. TikTok is relatively new as it came out in September of 2016. TikTok is available in over 150 markets with 75 different languages. ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, spent around 1 billion dollars to purchase Music.ly. In the August of 2018 Music.ly and Tiktok merged and created a single larger video platform.

Due to the similarity of the video formats, everyone is deeming that there is a competition between YouTube and Tiktok. Many people support YouTube whereas TikTok also enjoys a very high level of support from its fans. Many people are of the view that YouTube has a more loyal and stronger fan base and audience because it has been around for a longer period of time. Another school of thought, which is also in favor of YouTubers that TikTok will be popular, but it can never get as big as YouTube. Its audience will eventually fade away and they all will turn to YouTube.

There are some differences between the two platforms that are discussed as follows. YouTube has a variety of genres of videos. There are videos such as educational, motivational, documentaries, vlogs, scientific, entertainment, etc available on YouTube. On TikTok, the majority of the content is for entertainment or fun only. It has a very negligible amount of educational content or tutorials of any kind.

One of the best things about YouTube is copyrights i.e. no one can copy or use your content without your permission. If anyone copies your video, you can simply strike a copyright claim against that content or video. On TikTok, there is nothing as copyrights i.e. anyone can use any other person’s content without any permission.

Now that the meaning and little history of both the platforms is clear, let’s dive into the matter of the war between the users of these two platforms.

How did the war start?

YouTubers roasting TikTok users and vice versa is now not a new thing and the same has been going on for quite some time now. The people who use the two platforms are very different. The war between the users of the two platforms is not just to increase their followers, not anymore. The matter now is to decide the users of which platform are better and who are better suited to rule over the video world.

The war got escalated when a YouTuber Elvish Yadav uploaded a roast of TikTokers on his YouTube channel. In his video, he compared Tiktokers to rag pickers, questioned and mocked their intelligence, etc. This infuriated Tiktokers and two of the Tiktokers named Amir Siddiqui and Revolver Rani responded by calling out Elvish Yadav’s derogatory remarks against TikTokers.

In his video, Amir Siddiqui made a comparison of both the platforms and spoke in favor of TikTokers and their community. He said the users of TikTok have a great sense of unity whereas such is not there among YouTubers, he also said that YouTubers copy their content from Tiktok and they are not very creative. He also said that all the YouTubers just follow each other and they all make similar videos on a single trending topic.

The war ascended when famous YouTuber CarryMinati, known for roasting various celebrities, shows, etc. made a video in response to Amir Siddiqui’s rant video. CarryMinati made a video YouTube vs Tiktok: In this response video, CarryMinati deconstructed Amir Siddiqui’s video line by line and gave replies specifically. This video of CarryMinati went viral, it was viewed over 78 million times. Sharing their view, famous YouTubers such as Bhuvan Bam, Ashish Chanchlani, and various others supported CarryMinati by sharing memes on Twitter. But after some time, this video was removed from the google-owned platform.

Why was CarryMinati’s video deleted?

CarryMinati’s video that went viral and gained millions of view but it was removed by YouTube as it was claimed to be ‘violation of terms of service’. It was one of its kind videos by CarryMinati in which he roasted and spoke against a single individual in the whole video. This fact was confessed by CarryMinati himself in the video. Supposedly, his video was deleted from YouTube after it was reported for cyberbullying and harassment.

When the video got removed, fans started showing support and the hashtag #BanTikTokIndia and #tiktokexposed started trending. CarryMinati uploaded another video on 17th May named ‘Stop making assumptions | YouTube vs TikTok: The End’. In this video, he said that he was unable to understand why his video was removed from YouTube and asked his followers and viewers to not make any assumptions and misinterpret his puns and jokes.

Fans were very upset over the deletion of CarryMinati’s video and another hashtag started trending on social media, especially Twitter in support of CarryMinati i.e. #justiceforcarry. Although a lot of people are in favor of CarryMinati, many others are against CarryMinati’s video and are calling him and his video harsh and rude.

Why there is a drastic change in the ratings of TikTok in the play store?

CarryMinati’s video and its removal from YouTube aggravated the rift between the users of YouTube and TikTok. In addition to fans of CarryMinati against TikTok, the problem further increased for TikTok when a new video of Faizal Siddiqui (brother of Amir Siddiqui) came to light. It was a very controversial video that went viral on all social media platforms. This video was called out for endorsing an acid attack on women.

All of these infuriated netizens and they started giving TikTok 1 star rating. Due to this, the star rating of the app in the play store reduced drastically within a week. Netizens have been successful in bringing down the ratings of TikTok from a very good 4.8 stars to an abysmally low 1.3 stars on the Google Play Store. Moreover, all this happened in a short span of under a single week.

Faizal Siddiqui came to defend his controversial video and said that his intention was not to hurt anyone in any capacity on his official Instagram account. But this was of little help because he continued facing a severe backlash as the 1-star ratings of TikTok continued to pour in. In addition to the low star ratings and the severe backlash faced by Faizal Siddiqui, his TikTok account also got suspended and an FIR was filed against him by NCW (National Commission for Women).

In light of all these events, the hashtag #IndiaagainstTikTok started trending on Twitter demanding a ban on the app in India. Whether the ban will happen or not, in reality, is not yet final and it is too soon to say anything in that regard. All things considered; this is not the first time that controversy around TikTok has happened. The previous year, the app was banned in India as it was found endorsing offensive and derogatory content.

After this came to light, around 60 lakh videos were removed from TikTok. After being banned for some time, the Madras Court lifted the ban and, thus, the app came back to both the Google Play Store and App Store. At present TikTok has around more than 200 million users in India and continues to be one of the most popular and trending social media apps in the country. Globally, it has been downloaded more than 2 billion times on the Google Play Store and the App Store.

You can choose to be on any side or you can choose to not be bothered at all. Whatever your stance in this matter is, the most important matter which is the need of the hour is a strict policy formulation that will analyze and check the quality of content that is being shared on such platforms. There is a very urgent need to eliminate content that promotes misogyny and class, gender, caste, or any other bias.

What you need to know about COVID-19: Identifying Symptoms and Busting Myths

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The entire world has been struck by a crisis, something which was unforeseen, something which is new and something which nobody knows yet how to deal with. Yes, we are talking about the COVID-19 outbreak, the Coronavirus attack, which has definitely brought the world to a standstill. As more and more countries adopt for a lockdown to contain the spread of this virus, people continue to work and research and try and find a cure or a vaccine for this viral disease. Every passing day sees some new data being published about the virus and it is really difficult to tell which is for sure and which is not.

Let us first try and understand what really the Coronavirus is.

Coronavirus is a strain of the virus that belongs to a large family. Previously, it was believed that the virus is transmitted from animal to animal, but the pandemic at hand has shown that this virus can be transmitted from humans to humans as well.

It is important to note here that COVID-19 and Coronavirus are not the same. The Coronavirus is the virus family in question, while COVID-19 is the name of the disease that has been caused by it. This disease is a recent one and was detected first in the Hubei province of China from where it is believed to have spread across the globe. The worst affected by this virus is surprisingly not China, which is slowly coming out of a lockdown mode, but Italy, specifically the Lombardy region. Why? Because this virus is potentially fatal for elderly people and this region records the highest number of elderly populations in Western Europe.

So, how did the disease start to spread?

Well, there are many conjectures about it, but the first recorded case comes from China’s Hubei province. This virus which was believed to transmitted only from animal to animal, which mutated and became a virus that can transmit from animal to human and then from human to human. The virus spreads primarily through contact though it has been recently suggested that the virus can survive for a couple of minutes in the air as well. As people from China started getting affected, some people showed symptoms, while others didn’t till about the second week of the infection, and hence, it became very difficult to know who was infected and who wasn’t. The country allowed movement within and abroad, and hence, the virus began to spread, and today, there is hardly any nation which is not affected by it.

How can we stop this?

There are people who are working day and night to figure out a way to stop the spread of this virus while there are others who are committed to treating the ones who are already affected. What we need to realize is that every person has a role to play if this virus is to be defeated. Everyone must realize their civic duty and the measures that they need to take. There is enough awareness all around about this virus, and hence, it is necessary that the right precautions be taken.

Social distancing is believed to be the most effective way to stop this virus from spreading further. This is the reason why many countries have gone into lockdown and have suspended almost all activities apart from a few to keep the economy afloat. It is essential that when people go out, they wear masks and keep their hands and fingers covered. This is a must. Self-isolation is a major necessity for those who are showing symptoms.

Symptoms of COVID-19

The World Health Organization is working day and night to control this pandemic, and it is absolutely essential for all to understand and identify the symptoms of it. So, how do you know if a person is affected?

• Having a fever is believed to be one of the tell-tale signs of this infection
• Along with it, sore throat
• Dry coughing
• And trouble breathing

The symptoms are simple enough, but the problem arises because they are common too. They are very similar to that of common cold and cough as well and considering the period in which it hit the countries; it is a time when a lot of people do suffer from common cough and cold.

So, how can one tell the difference? Well, it is difficult.

For starters, fever is almost a must symptom of having this infection. Shortness of breath or having serious problems breathing is another thing. As the virus progresses throughout the body, extreme fatigue overtakes the individual. One feels extremely tired, and on top of that, it is accompanied by cough. So, these are some of the tell-tale signs that one is infected with the Coronavirus.

However, it is also important to remember that the symptoms might take time to appear. In some people, the symptom might start appearing as early as the day of the infection, while, for others, it takes way more time, extending to up to 10 days.

So, there is a basic safety protocol that needs to be followed. For starters, those who have a travel history during this period, they should go into self-isolation. For those who are coughing and experiencing breathing trouble, should seek medical help and go for a test. In fact, those who have partaken international travel should immediately get themselves tested. To be on the safe side, wearing masks and gloves and washing hands at frequent intervals is a must.

Breaking Myths About the Disease

While it is important to stay wary of the signs and symptoms of this disease, it is also important to make sure that you do not fall prey to false awareness. In this age of social media, and with people facing a lockdown, a lot of fake news, facts, data are circulating in vast numbers in the market. Which source is reliable, and which is not has indeed become the question of the hour? Does Coronavirus only kill the elderly? Is the Coronavirus there in chicken? A lot of questions of this nature are floating around to which many untrue and baseless facts are being circulated.

In order to clear the confusion, here are a few myths being broken by none other than the World Health Organization. Let’s take a look:

• To begin with, anyone can be affected by this virus. It is not just the elderly who are at risk. Someone who is suffering from other medical conditions like diabetes, hypertension etc. are more at risk, irrespective of their age. Thus, safety precautions are meant for all.

• Very recently, the WHO has suggested that the virus might survive in the air for just a few minutes, contrary to the previous understanding that it is not an airborne virus. Thus, wearing masks has become more of a necessity than a choice.

• A lot of people have garlic to boost their immune system. Other home remedies are also regularly consumed by people to keep their system in order. But these are not proven methods to cure the disease or even prevent the virus from attacking the individual in question.

• There is a rumour going around that one’s cats and dogs are more susceptible to this disease because the virus is also being transmitted through animals, but there has been no evidence so far regarding this matter, where someone has been infected through their pet.

• True, mosquitoes can act as the transmitter of various viral infection; there is no evidence to suggest that the Coronavirus is being transmitted through mosquito bites. So, do not panic.

• If you take a hot bath, it is not a proven method to keep away the virus. It is important to maintain personal hygiene as a precaution, but it is not a prevention.

• Recent findings show that the virus is mutating and adapting itself, and hence, can survive in both hot and cold climates, which is antithetical to the earlier assumption that it cannot survive in extreme temperatures.

• A lot of people have been made to believe that hotter and more humid the climate of a place is, higher are the chances of the virus not surviving, but this is not true.

• If you think hand dryers would help kill the virus, well, the WHO says that there is no such evidence to show that.

• A lot of offices and airports are using thermal scanners. When a person is entering the premises, they are being scanned with the thermal scanner. A lot of people are of the opinion if they pass the thermal scanner test, they are free of the Coronavirus, but that is not the case. This scanner is only to check the body temperature of a person and see whether they have a fever or not. These scanners cannot in any way determine whether you have the Coronavirus in you or not.

• There are two types of tests that are being conducted. One to test for the virus and the other to check for antibodies. The antibodies test might falter, and hence, it cannot always show the true results in the first 5-7 days after the infection. Thus, in the initial stages, it is important to go for a direct test for the virus. The antibody test shows whether or not one has the antibodies in them to fight the virus and if they do it means that they had contracted the virus and the body has produced enough antibodies to drive it away.

• If you were under the impression that having taken influenza or pneumonia vaccine shot will prevent this virus from attacking you, then think again. They do not help.

• It is very important to remember that contrary to popular belief, having an antibiotic will cure the disease; it is not the case. Antibiotics are meant only for bacterial infections, and hence it, will not help in curing COVID-19. So, if you see that you are responding to antibiotics, relax, it’s not COVID-19 that you have.

• There are the names of a couple of medicines that are doing rounds that claim to be treating the virus. But there has been no such confirmed medicine yet. So, do not fall prey to these rumors.

• A lot of people are saying that if one bath in alcohol or chlorine water, it will wash away the virus is which already inside the body, but this is not true.

• Most expert doctors are of the opinion that like any other viral fever, this can be treated only with symptomatic management, i.e. by treating the symptoms. When and how this virus will leave your body or die, is a big question.

• After receiving treatment, there is no guarantee that you are not a carrier of the virus anymore. You need to get yourself tested and remain in isolation as long as it shows you positive for the virus.

These are hard times, and people have a lot of time in their hands, which is why they are turning to social media, where a lot of untrue data is being circulated. Thus, it is important to stay aware and collect your information only from the most credible of sources.

In a time of such a pandemic, you need to do your part, and that begins by being properly aware of the disease. Learn more about it and understand how it is working. Remember that the virus is changing, and hence, anything can happen. The basic protocol of social distancing is a must which will help in containing the virus. This is something that needs to be fought together but definitely maintaining a distance. Be sympathetic towards the ones who are going through depression during the lockdown. Maintain all the safety measures when you step out of the house to get your essential requirements. If you have a family member, relative or friend who you know has a travel history, ask them to get themselves tested and remain in self-isolation. Follow the same if you have a recent travel history.

Stay safe and take care of the safety, health, and needs of others, all the while maintaining social distancing.