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COVID-19: Answering your coronavirus questions

By Dr. Larry Wu | April 6, 2020 | 4 min read | Healthy Lifestyle

Fact or Fiction? 6 COVID-19 Statements Explained.

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, so does uncertainty about the crisis. With so much new information surfacing, it’s hard to know if what you’re reading is true. This only adds to the confusion and concern during a scary time.

Every day, doctors and experts are trying to understand the novel virus. To help you make sense of all the information out there, we’ve looked to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other trustworthy sources. We’ll debunk some of the most common myths surrounding COVID-19. We’ll also provide a few facts that can help you stay healthy.

Myth: Using Only Hand Sanitizer Will Protect You from COVID-19

The best way to protect yourself is by washing your hands frequently. Try to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Use hand sanitizers when hand washing is not possible. For example, you might bring hand sanitizer with you when you are running errands. Hand sanitizers with an alcohol percentage of at least 60% are effective in killing viruses like COVID-19.

Myth: Sunlight Can Kill Coronavirus

It is common for viruses like the flu and common cold to fade as it gets warmer outside. But the CDC is not sure if the same is true for COVID-19. Social distancing and hand-washing are important even in warm weather.

Myth: Only Older Adults are at Risk of Getting COVID-19

The risk of serious disease and death appears to be higher in older adults. But they are not the only population at risk. Millennials and Generation X are also vulnerable. Everyone should take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. Save lives by avoiding illness with COVID-19, regardless of your age.

Fact: COVID-19 Spreads from Person to Person

Researchers think COVID-19 spreads between people who are in close contact, or less than six feet apart. The virus spreads through respiratory droplets. That means it spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes. That’s why it is important to stay six feet away from anyone who doesn’t live with you.

Fact: You Should Clean and Disinfect Regularly Touched Surfaces Daily

The CDC recommends regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. This includes cleaning doorknobs, light switches, remotes, toilets and sinks. Don’t forget about your phone, keyboard, and other surfaces you touch often.

If a member of your household is infected, there are extra steps you can take to clean your home.

Myth: There are supplements and medications that can prevent COVID-19

There are no supplements or medications that can prevent COVID19. Scientists are working hard to develop a vaccine.

While we’re learning new things daily, we can hold to what we know is fact. To ensure you’re getting the most accurate information, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 resources page.

For local information, visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.