Busting Coronavirus Myths
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created much speculation among communities and in the media. Unfortunately, misinformation in this case can be dangerous to people’s health. Below are some common myths about COVID-19 and the truth associated with them.
Disinfectants kill the virus in the body.
Disinfectants only work on external surfaces and shouldn’t be ingested or injected under any circumstances. Click here for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) guidelines for safe and effective use of disinfectants.
Taking ACE inhibitors creates a higher risk for catching COVID-19.
There is no medical evidence that ACE inhibitors interact with the virus. In a joint statement, the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and Heart Failure Society of America urged cardiovascular patients to continue taking their medication. Always consult with your medical provider before starting or stopping a medication or treatment.
Warm temperatures in the summer will stop the spread of COVID-19.
Although temperature may impact how long the virus can live on surfaces, there is no evidence that the change in season will alter its spread. COVID-19 has infected people in every climate zone and temperature does not seem to affect how it behaves.
Coronavirus always has severe symptoms.
Although COVID-19 is a serious disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that around 80% of cases experience mild symptoms that don’t require hospitalization. Research has also confirmed that it is possible to be infected with COVID-19 and have no symptoms at all (asymptomatic carriers).
Shipments from overseas can spread COVID-19.
SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) cannot live for very long on porous surfaces like cardboard boxes. By the time a package arrives from overseas – regardless of how many cases are in the country it’s shipping from – the virus should be dead and unable to infect people.
It is important to stay informed, but be sure to get information from reliable sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These will have the most up-to-date and scientifically proven information to keep you and your family safe.
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