There’s a lot of misinformation, myth, and outright fiction about Coronavirus (COVID-19) right now. Here we break down some of the need-to-know facts and dispel untruths.

Fact: Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a Highly Contagious Virus.

The modern world has never confronted such a fast-moving, fast-spreading virus. That’s why people are being asked to social distance and stay home as much as possible – so we can “flatten the curve.”

Fact: We All Need to Wear Masks

Wearing masks in public has proven to be the best way to prevent catching or transmitting the coronavirus (COVID-19).

For that reason, everyone of all ages is encouraged to wear a mask in public – in fact, some towns and states are mandating them. 

Fact: Washing Your Hands is Essential.

Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before eating, after coughing or sneezing, or after going to the bathroom is a very powerful way to combat Coronavirus (COVID-19).

For more, visit our page on How to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Fact: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impacts Everyone.

While older people and people with underlying health conditions appear to be hardest hit by Coronavirus (COVID-19), anyone can catch it at any time.

That’s why we must all wear masks in publish, wash our hands, and practice social distancing.

Fiction: The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is Just the Flu.

According to health experts, including those at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is far more deadly for vulnerable populations than the flu.

While the flu kills about .1% of stricken people each year, experts believe  the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is about ten times more deadly, particularly among the elderly and people with underlying health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.

Fiction: Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a Bioweapon.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a naturally occurring virus. As a group of scientists agreed this week, “the virus is the product of natural evolution.” Coronavirus (COVID-19) not man-made, and it was not released for nefarious purposes. No one has anything to gain from this pandemic. The entire world is suffering equally. 

Fiction: There’s a Vaccine.

There is currently no vaccine or proven treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Experts estimate it could be up to 12-18 months before there’s a vaccine ready for public use.

Fiction: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Will Go Away in the Summer.

According to the World Health Organization, there’s no evidence Coronavirus (COVID-19) is in any way impacted by the weather. It’s currently found in almost every nation on earth, hot and cold alike. 

Fiction: Chinese Food or Products Are Unsafe.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is not a Chinese virus. It is not spread by Chinese people, products, or food. It’s a global pandemic.

Fiction: Mosquitoes Spread Coronavirus (COVID-19).

There are rumors the virus can be spread via mosquitoes. 

This is an understandable fear, especially considering the world’s recent experience with Zika, a disease spread primarily through mosquitoes. Luckily for us all, there’s no evidence Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be spread via the insects.

Pathologist Cameron Webb explains at The Conversation: 

“Although coronavirus has been found in blood samples from infected people, there’s no evidence it can spread via mosquitoes. Even if a mosquito did pick up a high enough dose of the virus in a blood meal, there is no evidence the virus would be able to infect the mosquito itself. And if the mosquito isn’t infected, it won’t be able to transmit it to the next person she bites.”

This is a huge relief. Mosquitoes will be coming out of winter hibernation soon, and the idea of having to hide inside from them would be almost too much to bear.

Fiction: Drinking or Gargling Water Kills Coronavirus (COVID-19).

There’s been a lot of talk online about how gargling hot water or even drinking hot liquids kills coronavirus (COVID-19) in your mouth and prevents it from getting to your lungs.

Web MD confirms this is false, and reminds us all that the best way to prevent contracting coronavirus (COVID-19) is by regularly washing our hands, wearing face masks, and practicing social distancing.

For more information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact v. Fiction, take a look at the World Health Organizations’ “Mythbusters” page.