On a nearly daily basis it seems like there is new information released about COVID-19. It could be details on vaccine trials, newly infected or death numbers, or information about modes of transmission.

Unfortunately, because information is so easy to distribute and receive now, some of it isn’t always accurate.

To avoid confusion and make sure you’re receiving accurate information, here’s a list of myth busters, according to the World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

There are currently no drugs licensed for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19.

Fact.  There are several ongoing drug trials, but there is no drug currently used for the treatment or prevention of the virus. That includes hydroxychloroquine which could have serious side effects if misused.

COVID-19 can be spread through 5G mobile networks.

Fiction. COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. People can also contract COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Viruses cannot travel on radio waves.

Thermal scanners cannot detect COVID-19.

Fact. While very effective in detecting a fever, thermal scanners cannot detect COVID-19. A fever is a symptom of COVID-19, but there are also many other reasons a person could come down with a fever.

COVID-19 is only affecting older people and ignoring the younger population.

Fiction. People of all ages can be infected by COVID-19. Older people, especially those with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk for fatal results if they catch the virus.

People of all ages should take steps to protect themselves from the virus.

A person who is infected with COVID-19 has it for life.

Fiction. As of this writing, more than 2.4 million people worldwide have recovered from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. That means the virus has been eliminated from their bodies.

Ordering a product that is shipped from overseas will result in a COVID-19 infection.

Fiction. Researchers say the likelihood of becoming infected with COVID-19 from a commercial package is low because it has traveled over several days and been exposed to different conditions and temperatures during transit.

The best way to stay informed with accurate information regarding COVID-19 is reading from trusted and reputable sources. Usually, those are government health entities and medical web sites. News sources usually will cite these sources as well.

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