Deputy of the State Duma of Russia Gennady Onishchenko in an interview with Parlamentskaya Gazeta dispelled popular myths about a new type of coronavirus.
The parliamentarian, in particular, commented on the opinion that masks do not protect people from a dangerous infection. He stressed that the mask is able to retain droplets of saliva, which, when talking, breathing, sneezing and coughing, can carry the infection to other people. For this reason, masks must be worn without fail, Onishchenko said.
He also spoke out about re-infection with coronavirus. Onishchenko recalled that even with an asymptomatic course of the disease, an immune response is developed. However, there is still no scientific data on the duration of antibodies preservation: it became known about the first death after re-infection with coronavirus.
Another common myth is that there is no COVID-19 epidemic in Russia at all. The Russian parliamentarian said that this is a delusion, since the presence of an epidemic is confirmed by numbers of the intensity of the manifestation of the disease. Moreover, coronavirus infection has been detected in many countries of the world, Onishchenko said.