Fact or Fiction? Breaking Down Some COVID-19 Myths
New information about COVID-19 seems to be coming out by the minute these days. It’s important to stay up-to-date, especially with state and national rules and regulations being changed. But it’s equally important to make sure the information you’re getting (and sharing) is accurate. But how do you know what’s a myth or fact? Here are some common “facts” circulating that we want you to know…Fact or Myth?
Fact or Myth: COVID-19 is just like the flu
MYTH. The flu and COVID-19 are both respiratory illnesses, but they are not the same illness. While some symptoms may overlap, there are distinct differences. Flu symptoms generally include fever, stuffy or runny nose, cough, fatigue, body aches and pains. With COVID-19 the main symptoms include dry cough, fever and shortness of breath.
Fact or Myth: Exposure to the sun or temperatures higher than 77°F prevents COVID-19
MYTH. Climate does not prevent COVID-19. Areas with hot weather have reported positive cases. The best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
Fact or Myth: Spraying chlorine or alcohol on your body can kill COVID-19
MYTH. DO NOT DO THIS!! Chlorine and alcohol can be useful disinfectants for surfaces, but they will not kill the virus if it’s on your body. Instead, they can cause damage to your clothes, eyes and mouth.
Fact or Myth: You can reduce your risk of getting COVID-19
FACT. You can reduce your risk by:
- Washing your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds
- Use alcohol-based sanitizer if you can’t wash your hands. Just make sure it dries before you touch anything
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and immediately throw it away
- IF YOU ARE SICK, STAY HOME
- Practice social distancing
Fact or Myth: Pneumonia vaccines protect you from COVID-19
MYTH. COVID-19 is too new and different. It needs its own vaccine. At this time, there is no vaccine to prevent or treat COVID-19. However, researchers are working diligently to develop a vaccine against it.
Fact or Myth: COVID-19 can affect people of all ages.
FACT. Any age demographic can be affected by COVID-19. However, older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions are more vulnerable and run the risk of becoming severely ill. This is why it’s especially important to consistently practice good hygiene and social distancing.
Fact or Myth: Hand or hair dryers can kill the virus.
MYTH. The heat from the dryers will not kill the virus, same as the sun or higher temperatures. Instead, frequently wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds then dry completely. You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer too.