Medical misinformation can have tragic consequences
Right now, the world is full of panic and confusion regarding the rampant spread of Covid-19, and Bangladesh is no different. The problems here at home are exacerbated by our large low-income population, who may be undereducated, and may not have easy access to qualified physicians they can consult with.
In an atmosphere like this, misinformation thrives, and medical misinformation can have tragic consequences.
Now more than ever, it is important to stick to the science and clearly evaluate what we know and do not know regarding the coronavirus. Theories abound, and different companies and different countries may suggest different solutions, but the fact is, there is not yet a single proven vaccine for Covid-19, nor is there a WHO-approved cure.
While there are drugs that have been shown to help to some degree, nothing quite passes the muster as prevention or a real cure. We must acknowledge the fact that, as of now, while the medical and scientific community is working relentlessly on these matters, the reality is that we are still largely in the dark.
In their desperation, many are understandably turning to questionable cures, untested drugs, or downright quackery. Such behaviours can be counterproductive and even fatal, and while the government struggles to reduce the enormous pressure on our health care establishment, the last thing we need is even more people getting sick.
For example, as experts have pointed out, no one should be self-medicating with dexamethasone, as it has various side effects, and could even turn fatal. This goes for any other drug -- a qualified physician should always be consulted first.
Many are working hard, sacrificing their own health and wellbeing to fight this pandemic -- let us help them by respecting the science, and proper medical advice, at all times.