With COVID-19 spreading throughout the world, it's important to separate fact from fiction. Here are our top myths and facts to help you stay informed about the new coronavirus disease.
MYTH: COVID-19 can be transmitted through mosquito bites
To date, there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 can be transmitted by mosquitos. The primary form of transmission is through droplets generated when infected people cough or sneeze, or through droplets of discharge from the nose.
To prevent the spread of the illness, frequently wash hands thoroughly and avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
FACT: Disease doesn’t target specific races or ethnicities
COVID-19 does not target any specific race more than another. For example, being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.
MYTH: COVID-19 can’t be transmitted in areas with warmer climates
Current evidence shows that COVID-19 can be transmitted in all areas, including those with hotter climates. Regardless of weather, it is important to protect against COVID-19 and take all precautionary methods to reduce the spread of the disease.
FACT: The virus will likely spread through many communities
The CDC reports that all communities should prepare for the possibility that COVID-19 will spread to them at some point. Person-to-person contact is the most common way to spread the virus, so avoiding close contact with others is a good practice.
MYTH: It’s necessary to wear a mask in public at all times
It is not necessary to wear a mask at all times while in public.
General mask-wearing guidelines:
FACT: You can reduce your risk of getting COVID-19
Washing your hands as frequently as possible with soap and water for at least 20 seconds can help reduce risk of getting and spreading COVID-19, according to the CDC.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and stay home from work if you feel sick.
Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue and immediately throwing away that tissue will help reduce spread of the virus.
MYTH: Vaccines against pneumonia protect against COVID-19
This is not true. Vaccines against pneumonia, or any other illness, do not provide protection against COVID-19. Because the virus is so new and different, it requires a new vaccine.
Researchers are in the process of developing a vaccine.
FACT: For most people, the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 is considered low
Older adults and all demographics with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems are at a greater risk of developing a severe illness from COVID-19.
However, the risk of this occurring within the general population is low.
It is still important to take precautionary methods to protect against the virus, regardless of age or health condition.
MYTH: Spraying alcohol or chlorine on your body can kill COVID-19
Spraying alcohol or chlorine on your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying these substances can harm the eyes, moth and clothes. Both alcohol and chlorine are
effective in disinfecting surfaces, but they need to be used properly.
FACT: Antibiotics are not effective in preventing and treating COVID-19
Antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacterial infections. Since COVID-19 is a virus, antibiotics should not be used to prevent or treat the illness.Stay Informed About COVID-19
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