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COVID-19: COVID-19 FACTS

Addressing Misinformation, Myths, and Rumors

Before sharing information from unknown sources, be sure to check the facts.

FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control The purpose of this FEMA page is to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

WHO COVID-19 Mythbusters

Research on the Effects of Misinformation and COVID-19

Fighting COVID-19 Misinformation on Social Media: Experimental Evidence for a Scalable Accuracy-Nudge Intervention (scholarly article from from PubMed.gov and the National Library of Medicine)

Instagram Suggested Posts To Users. It Served Up COVID-19 Falsehoods, Study Finds (from NPR)

How to Report Misinformation Online (from WHO)

Important Facts

WHO advice for the public: Mythbusters

  • Vitamin and mineral supplements cannot cure COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including with hot and humid weather.
  • Cold weather and snow cannot kill the virus.
  • Being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or feeling discomfort does not mean you are free from COVID-19
  • Taking a hot bath does not prevent the disease.
  • The new coronavirus cannot be transmitted through mosquito bites.
  • Hand dryers are not effective at killing the coronavirus. You should wash your hands.
  • Flu vaccines and pneumonia vaccines do not protect you from the coronavirus.
  • People of all ages can be infected with the coronavirus.
  • To date there is no specific medicine to prevent or treat the virus. Treatment can relieve symptoms, but not the virus itself.