Ignore Rumors, Urban Myths, Conspiracy Theories and Avoid People Who Spread Them

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A vaccine to cure COVID-19 is available. False

There is no vaccine for the new coronavirus right now. Scientists have already beings will take many months.

You can protect yourself from COVID-19 by swallowing or gargling with bleach, taking acetic acid or steroids, or using essential oils, salt water, ethanol or other substances. False

None of these recommendations protects you from getting COVID-19, and some of these practices may be dangerous. The best ways to protect yourself from this coronavirus (and other viruses) include: Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, using soap and hot water.  Avoid close contact with people who are sick, sneezing or coughing.  In addition, you can avoid spreading your own germs by coughing into the crook of your elbow and staying home when you are sick.

The new coronavirus was deliberately created or released by people. False

Viruses can change over time. Occasionally, a disease outbreak happens when a virus that is common in an animal such as a pig, bat or bird undergoes changes and passes to humans. This is likely how the new coronavirus came to be.

Ordering or buying products shipped from overseas will make a person sick. False

As of now the World Health Organization (WHO) says that the likelihood of becoming infected with COVID-19 from a commercial package is low since it has likely traveled over some time

Coronavirus is not in my area, so I can go out. False

You don’t know it’s not in your area. There’s been a shortage of testing in the United States, so we don’t have an accurate idea of how many people – or what areas – have truly been affected.  It may take as long as two weeks before symptoms show.

This blog post originally appeared on WebMD.com.

How to Respond to COVID-19 Deniers – Medscape – Mar 20, 2020.