Covid-19 Myths Debunked
It's easy to feel confused and even frustrated when posts on social media offer conflicting information about COVID-19.
We've provided answers to common myths found in your newsfeed.
Myth: COVID-19 only affects older people.
Coronaviruses can infect anybody. They do not discriminate against age. COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. However, the elderly and those with underlying health concerns tend to be the ones with the most severe infections.
Myth: COVID-19 can't survive in warmer climates, once summer is here, it will go away.
Covid-19 may transmit somewhat more efficiently in winter than summer. The amount of the change is expected to be modest and not enough to stop transmission on its own. As the days get warmer, it is still important to follow CDC guidelines for prevention such as frequent handwashing, staying home as much as possible, observing social distancing and wearing a mask when you go out in public.
Myth: The panic around COVID-19 is media-driven.
It's the media's job to serve the public by helping to promote safety. One way to fact-check is to verify information matches statements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Indiana Department of Health and/or Ohio Department of Health.
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
are effective in preventing and treating COVID-19.
Antibiotics are only useful for treating bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus - the novel (new) coronavirus. Antibiotics are ineffective as either treatment or prevention against any kind of virus.
Myth: You should go to a hospital if you believe you have COVID-19.
In the Reid Health service area, you should first contact the Respiratory Clinic hotline (765) 965-4200 or have a free screening with a registered nurse using Reid HealthNOW mobile app.
If you are severely ill with sudden symptoms and have to go to an emergency department, call ahead so they can properly prepare to receive you.