Combatting COVID-19 Misinformation

Personal choices and safe behaviors are the best defense against spreading COVID-19 until a vaccine is developed. It’s a good idea to be wary of unsourced information, bold claims or instant cures made on social media or circulating among friends. Instead, seek information supported by data and backed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other leading medical expert organizations.

Experts widely agree that the best way to protect yourself from the virus and prevent the spread is to cover your face when outside, wash your hands frequently and practice social distancing. 

Infectious viral particles emitted when someone talks, breathes, coughs, or sneezes can remain in the air for up to three hours. According to a recent study from The Lancet spanning 16 countries, there is a 17 percent reduction in risk of infection for those wearing a mask or face covering versus those not covering their face.

There is currently no cure or vaccine for COVID-19. While treatments and best practices continue to evolve as scientists and research learn more about the virus, there are no medical-sound treatments that include drinking or injecting bleach or other toxic household cleaning products.

Efforts to Minimize the Severity of the Pandemic are Worrisome

The CDC states that 40 percent of positive cases occur with people who show no symptoms (asymptomatic) but can still spread the virus. That does not mean the virus is “harmless.” Efforts to minimize the severity of the pandemic are worrisome as cases surge in most states and we reach new highs in cases across the country.

“We can all do our part to safeguard our communities and prevent the spread of the virus. Cover your face, wash your hands frequently and practice social distancing. These three simple steps offer the best protection that we have until a vaccine is developed.”

William Jaquis, MD, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians

Focusing only on death rates ignores thousands of patients struggling at home or fighting to survive in hospitals. Tests are still in short supply as demands on hospital resources approach or exceed capacity.

And, we are still learning about the longer-term effects of this virus. A recent study shows that only 13 percent of patients had no symptoms two months after being discharged from the hospital with COVID-19. More than 20 percent had fatigue, trouble breathing, chest pain or other symptoms.

Listen to Experts

COVID-19 is a new strain of the coronavirus and the experts are learning as quickly as possible to understand how best to treat and stop its spread. Sound scientific reasoning can change as new information comes to light. Information evolves and expert advice can change. That’s why it is so important to consult your physician or a health professional to help you make decisions that could impact your health or medical care.

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