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Common Myths About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

In a time when seemingly everyone is discussing the COVID-19 virus, it’s easy to get mixed up with common (and true sounding) myths. You may have heard some information falsely portrayed as true while talking with loved ones or coworkers or while browsing online. Here are some of the more common myths about the coronavirus and the facts that refute them.

Myth: The virus only affects older people.
Fact: People of all ages can be infected.
While older people (as well as those with existing medical conditions) can be more vulnerable to the disease, anyone can contract it.

Myth: COVID-19 can’t be transmitted in hot and humid climates.
Fact: COVID-19 can be transmitted in all areas.
Based on the evidence so far, COVID-19 can be transmitted in any area, even those with hot and humid climates. You should take protective measures regardless of where you live or may be traveling.

Myth: Hand dryers are effective at killing the virus.
Fact: Hand dryers are not effective in killing the COVID-19 virus.
While you should dry your hands thoroughly, the most important step is washing them with soap and water first.

Myth: Thermal scanners can detect people who are sick.
Fact: Thermal scanners can detect fevers, but don’t show the whole picture.
The thermal scanners can detect body temperatures that are higher than normal, but they cannot detect those who are sick with the virus and have not spiked a fever. It can take between two to 10 days for an individual to develop a fever after exposure to the virus.

Myth: I had a pneumonia vaccine, so I’m fine.
Fact: Vaccines against pneumonia do not protect against this coronavirus.
This virus is new and acts differently. It will need its own vaccine. Researchers are working on one, but a lot of progress and testing is needed.

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