COVID-19: truth vs. fiction

COVID-19: truth vs. fiction

April 9, 2020
Last updated April 9, 2020

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During this rapidly unfolding situation, there is a lot of misinformation being published on social media. Here are a few important facts about Coronavirus; take this quiz and see how many you already know:

COVID-19 can be transmitted in hot and humid weather

True. The World Health Organization has reported, “the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19.”

Cold weather and snow cannot kill COVID-19

True. The World Health Organization has stated, “There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather.”

Vaccines against pneumonia protects individuals from COVID-19

False. The World Health Organization has stated, “Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus. The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV, and WHO is supporting their efforts. Although these vaccines are not effective against 2019-nCoV, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health.”

Cloth face coverings can help slow the spread of COVID-19

True. The CDC has stated, “CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”

Younger people are susceptible to COVID-19

True. The World Health Organization has stated, “People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.”

Some individuals infected with coronavirus will show no symptoms

True. CDC Director Robert Redfield said in an interview with NPR that many people who become infected with coronavirus can remain asymptomatic. “That may be as many as 25%,” he said in the interview. “That’s important, because now you have individuals that may not have any symptoms that can contribute to transmission, and we have learned that in fact they do contribute to transmission.”

COVID-19 cannot be transmitted through food products produced in the United States or other countries affected by the virus

True. The CDC has stated, “Based on information about this novel coronavirus thus far, it seems unlikely that COVID-19 can be transmitted through food.” The FDA has also stated, “There is no evidence to suggest that food produced in the United States or imported from countries affected by COVID-19 can transmit COVID-19.”

It is safe to receive a package from an area where COVID-19 has been reported

True. The World Health Organization has stated, “The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.”

COVID-19 cannot be transmitted through mosquito bites

True. The World Health Organization has noted, “To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes.”

To stay well-informed on the current facts about COVID-19, visit the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

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