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Top 8 COVID-19 myths and facts

Do you have COVID-19 questions? Let’s look at some common myths and the facts.

Myths vs. Facts

Myth: COVID-19 is just like the flu

Fact: Both COVID-19 and influenza are highly infectious and transmissible respiratory viruses that are spread from person-to-person by respiratory droplets released by coughing and sneezing but COVID-19 is far more contagious than the flu and there is no vaccine for COVID-19. More information on COVID-19 can be found at

Myth: COVID-19 only affects older adults

Fact:  Older adults and people with pre-existing medical conditions appear to be more susceptible to getting seriously ill; however, anyone can get sick. People of all ages need to take precautions such as practicing good hand hygiene and physical distancing

Myth: Hot or very cold weather can stop COVID-19 from spreading

Fact: COVID-19 can spread anywhere regardless of the climate. Protect yourself by practicing good hand hygiene and physical distancing

Myth: All hand sanitizers kill the COVID-19 virus

Fact: Washing your hands thoroughly and often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water is the most effective form of hand hygiene to protect against COVID-19. Hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water is not available. Make sure your hand sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol

Myth: A face mask protects you from COVID-19

Fact: A face mask or covering does not offer full protection against COVID-19, or any virus, which can slip through gaps between the mask and the face. Transmission can still occur if you touch your face with contaminated hands. If you are healthy, wearing a mask or face covering is an additional measure you can take to protect others around you, especially in situations where physical distancing cannot be maintained —like standing in line at busy stores. You should also always wear a mask if you are caring for someone with COVID-19. Anyone wearing a mask also needs to practice good hand hygiene and physical distancing

Myth: You can catch COVID-19 if you order take-out food

Fact: There is no evidence the virus is transmitted by food or food packaging but it is a good idea to transfer take-out food to your own dishes, wash your hands after touching containers and packages and clean and disinfect your counters after handling packaging. Remember to keep hot foods at 60 degrees Celsius or higher and cold food at 5 degrees Celsius or colder. More food safety tips can be found here  

Alcohol can cure COVID-19

Fact: Drinking alcohol will not destroy the COVID-19 virus and its consumption may increase health risks if a person is infected (or becomes infected) with the virus. Visit for more information on alcohol, cannabis, opioids and other substances

Myth: Eating garlic can prevent COVID-19

Fact: While eating garlic is a health food and it may have some antimicrobial properties there is no evidence garlic or any other food will prevent COVID-19

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