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.
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