COVID-19 fact vs myth: Beware of unfounded claims & remedies

Save the cleaning supplies for hard surfaces, and other advice based on science

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With so much information out there about COVID-19, it can be challenging to separate fact from myth. See how well you know the facts.

Q: Can you protect yourself from COVID-19 infection by consuming bleach, acetic acid or steroids or using essential oils, salt water, ethanol or similar substances?

A: None of these can protect you from getting COVID-19, and some of these practices, like consuming bleach or misusing steroids, can be dangerous.

Q: Did people intentionally create and release the new coronavirus?

A: Viruses change naturally over time. On occasion, a virus that is common in animals mutates enough to infect humans. This is what happened with the new coronavirus.

Q: Can cold weather and snow kill the new coronavirus?

A: No, the new coronavirus can be spread in all climates — hot and cold.

Q: Can taking a hot bath or using a sauna prevent COVID-19 infection?

A: Your body temperature stays around 97°F to 99°F regardless of the bath, shower or sauna temperature.

Q: Can taking ibuprofen make COVID-19 worse?

A: No U.S. evidence suggests ibuprofen can make COVID-19 worse. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is shown to be better at treating symptoms of COVID-19, like fever and body aches.

Q: Can COVID-19 be spread through mosquito bites?

A: COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that spreads through droplets from coughing and sneezing, not blood.

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Changing your behavior is the best way to prevent COVID-19 infection and flatten the curve. You have the power to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in your household and community.

Simple steps to protect yourself:

  • Practice social distancing
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Wear a mask in public places
  • Stay home if you are sick

Sources: World Health Organization, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cleveland Clinic

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