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5 COVID-19 Myths You Need to Steer Clear Of

By Bella Leonard '21

MYTH: A face mask will protect you from COVID-19. The only people that should be wearing face masks are health care professionals who care for the infected OR those that are already infected. Please keep in mind that if you are buying in bulk masks, then doctors and patients are unable to have the necessary equipment to combat this virus (John Hopkins Medicine). MYTH: I can call this the "China-virus" Nope. Don't even think about it. The correct term for this virus is "COVID-19". Just because the virus originated in Wuhan, China, DOES NOT mean you are allowed to be racially insensitive to those who are from that region. MYTH: A vaccine is available Although scientists are working towards finding one, remember it takes around 12-18 months to fully develop one, AND get approved by the FDA. MYTH: The Coronavirus has a low mortality rate so I don't have to socially isolate Although you might be a healthy person, someone in your life might not be. The Coronavirus attacks the respiratory system, so it can be lethal to those with asthma or are immunocompromised, not to mention the elderly, or newly born. Just because you might not develop symptoms, does not mean you cannot pass it on to someone who cannot fight it off as well as you. It all boils down to remembering there is more people out there than you. MYTH: Ordering or buying products shipped from China will make a person sick. As of right now, scientists have concluded that COVID-19 does not stay alive on surfaces so it is unlikely you will contract the virus because of your fake Gucci belt. The illness is usually transmitted via droplets from an infected person's sneeze or cough, however new information is released daily.