Fact vs. Fiction

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Beware of rumors going around about the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to stay safe and act responsibly to protect yourself and others, it’s important to know the facts. Below are common myths about the virus, and the facts you need to know.

Fiction: Drinking water can flush COVID-19 from your system.
Fact: Water will not flush COVID-19 out of the system.

Fiction: Holding your breath for 10 seconds, without coughing, means no infection.
Fact: Fibrosis in the lungs is scaring in the lung tissue. Being able to hold your breath is not a reliable test or indication of no infection. Call your doctor if you suspect you feel ill or have symptoms.

Fiction: Young people and children cannot contract COVID-19.
Fact: Children and adolescents can get COVID-19, but they don’t seem to get as sick as older individuals or those who are at higher risk. However, children can transmit COVID-19.

Fiction: COVID-19 will go away or recede, in warmer weather.
Fact: Not enough is known to say whether summer weather will help stop the spread of COVID-19. Do not rely on heat and humidity to kill the virus. You should continue to rely on proper cleaning, disinfecting, and hand washing.

Fiction: You can get COVID-19 from the mail.
Fact: The likelihood of contracting COVID-19 from the mail is low. But if you have doubts, there is no harm in wiping your packages and mail with a disinfecting wipe before opening.

Fiction: Drinking bleach can cure coronavirus.
Fact: This will not cure coronavirus. If you or someone you know ingests bleach, call poison control at (800) 222-1222.

Fiction: You should purchase a COVID-19 test kit if someone is selling one.
Fact: Beware of scammers who will try to sell you fake test kits. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and think you need to get tested, speak to a medical professional first.

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