The First Line of Defense Against COVID-19: The Facts

The First Line of Defense Against COVID-19: The Facts

This blog was posted on March 30th. Because the situation surrounding COVID-19 is constantly evolving, some information may not be up to date. Stay informed by following information from your local officials and by visiting the CDC website.


You’ve heard them everywhere about COVID-19. From chatter online to discussions with family and friends. It’s just human nature. People want to be optimistic about what can be done and what’s on the horizon for all of us. The result is that folks pass along information — opinions, suppositions, and hearsay — as facts. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter. But then there are occasions when those myths can cause people to ignore significant medical information, or social directives, that impact their health and the health of others. So, let’s replace the myths right now with the facts.

MYTH: Cold Weather Can Prevent the Virus.

FACT: No. There’s no evidence that cold weather or snowy conditions limit the spread of the virus. The fact is, our normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, and that’s where the virus is living.

MYTH: Taking a Hot Bath Helps Prevent New COVID-19 Disease.

FACT: It doesn’t. As a matter of fact, if you take a bath in extremely hot water, you run the risk of… getting burned.

MYTH: The Virus Only Affects People in Specific Age Groups.

FACT: That’s wrong too. People of all ages can be infected by the new COVID-19. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (asthma, diabetes, heart disease), appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill. But, young or old, you should still take precautions.

MYTH: Antibiotics Can Be Effective in Preventing or Treating the Virus.

FACT: They can’t. Antibiotics only work against bacteria. Not viruses.

MYTH: Pneumonia Vaccines Can Protect You Against COVID-19.

FACT: They won’t. The COVID-19 is so different, a new vaccine is required. Have no fear! Many talented doctors, globally, are working towards one!

MYTH: COVID-19 Is Limited to Only Specific Areas of the Country.

FACT: Nope. COVID-19 can be transmitted in all areas of our country, including those with hot and humid conditions.

It all comes back to the basics and listening to the experts. The World Health Organization advises people to be proactive in practicing good hand and respiratory hygiene. And equally important, learn the facts about COVID-19 so you can be prepared. Get more tips and information about COVID-19 here.

WHO | Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters

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