As of March 8, more than 110,000 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus.
More than 3,800 people have died from the virus across the world.
China still has the highest number of cases.
The US has 554 confirmed cases and 22 fatalities.
(NewsReady.com) – The coronavirus is spreading both inside and outside of the US. As of March 8, 2020, 22 people have died in the US and more than 500 are infected.
In response to the virus, Americans are rushing out to stock up on supplies. The Federal Reserve cut interest rates. Government officials are concerned about a medical supply shortage, including life-saving medications. And overall, it’s getting a bit panicked over here.
Unfortunately, people are making the fear and panic worse by spreading misinformation.
6 Myths and Facts
Here are some of the lies being spread about the disease:
- Myth: Vice President Mike Pence touched a student who was eventually quarantined while on a trip to Sarasota, Florida.
Fact: Pence never came in contact with that student.
- Myth: Hand dryers will kill the virus.
Fact: There is no known cure for the virus. You can protect yourself by frequently washing your hands with soap and water. When you don’t have access to either, use hand sanitizer.
- Myth: Children are the most vulnerable.
Fact: Kids are actually the most resilient group, and the least affected. Older people with other conditions are most at risk.
- Myth: Coronavirus was made in a lab.
Fact: No, it wasn’t. Scientists believe the virus originated from bats transferred to another host which then began infecting humans, but they’re still researching for definitive proof.
- Myth: Essential oils and other home remedies will cure the coronavirus.
Fact: Again, there’s no known cure. Please go to the doctor if you have symptoms and isolate yourself. Lavender is wonderful, but it won’t kill this virus.
- Myth: Packages and letters from China are carrying the virus.
Fact: You don’t have to worry about catching this illness from a package, it’s spread just like other respiratory viruses.
The Trump Administration and Congress are working hard to fight the spread of the virus in the US. Lawmakers are hammering out a deal for emergency funding. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are making more test kits. Pharmaceutical companies are developing a vaccine to combat the coronavirus; one company may start testing soon. Our leaders and medical professionals are working as hard and as quickly as they can.
The rest of us can help too, by ensuring that we only share information from reputable sources. Now is not the time to spread fake news, especially when so many people are panicking.
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