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Coronavirus facts vs. fiction

Posted at 6:32 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 15:30:20-04

We know there is a lot of misinformation out there about the Coronavirus, so News 5 Investigates thought it would be a good idea to help separate some of the key facts from fiction.


1- Saline, garlic and sesame oil can prevent the Coronavirus disease
This is false. "There is no evidence that these products can ward off COVID-19 and there is no known preventive treatment for COVID-19," Centura Health said. "Right now, the best methods of prevention, according to the CDC, is to avoid close contact with sick individuals, wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, clean and disinfect hard surfaces, and limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth."

2- Face masks will prevent you from getting the Coronavirus.
This is false. While it's imperative that medical professionals wear face masks when dealing with sick individuals on a daily basis, a face mask will not 100-percent prevent you from getting the virus while out in public places. While a mask should also be worn by sick people, healthy individuals should practice good hygiene methods like hand-washing.

3- Coronavirus can be transferred from packages and mail sent from China.
This is false. "People receiving packages from China or purchasing products from China are not at risk of contracting the new Coronavirus," Centura Health said. "From previous analysis, we know Coronaviruses do not survive long on objects, such as letters or packages.

Coronavirus survivability:

In the air: 3 hours
Copper surfaces: 4 hours
Cardboard boxes: 24 hours
Stainless steel and plastics: 3 days

Coronavirus facts:

1- There is no vaccine for the Coronavirus.
"World Health Organization (WHO) notes that while researchers, including those in the United States, are pursuing possible vaccines against Coronavirus, no vaccine is currently available," Centura Health reports.

2- People who have COVID-19 may show no symptoms.
While some people may experience a cough, difficulty breathing or a fever, others may show no symptoms at all.

3- The Coronavirus is highly contagious.
This is why federal and state officials have asked people to prevent gathering in large crowds and practice "social distancing."

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Source: CDC