COVID-19 Virus

COVID-19 Coronavirus Facts and Myths

It's important to know the difference

With so much information coming at you about the COVID-19 coronavirus, it can be hard to determine fact from myth. To clear up some of the confusion, here are some important facts to know and myths to avoid, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Fact: Some people are at increased risk of getting COVID-19

People who have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or people who live in or have recently been in an area with
ongoing spread are at an increased risk of exposure.

Fact: You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms

For information about symptoms of COVID-19 visit the CDC's Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Symptoms page.

Residents that want to be tested should call (888) 513-6321. Insurance is not required. The call center is open Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Fact: COVID-19 spreads in different ways

The virus that causes COVID-19 is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact (about 6 feet) with one another. It spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Myth: Vaccines against pneumonia protect you against COVID-19.

No, vaccines against pneumonia and influenza type B do not provide protection against the COVID-19. The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against COVID-19, and WHO is supporting their efforts.

Myth: Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new coronavirus.

Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth).

Myth: Hand dryers are effective in killing the new coronavirus.

No. Hand dryers are not effective in killing COVID-19. To protect yourself against the virus, you should frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash them with soap and water.


Know the Facts,Centers for Disease Control

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