Stay Informed: Myths About COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus)

The global outbreak of COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) has stirred a widespread panic. To help manage the misinformation, CONSTANT would like to take the time to inform the general public about actual measures that can be taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Myth: Traditional Flu vaccines and antibiotics can prevent the contraction of Coronavirus.
Unfortunately, traditional flu vaccines and antibiotics will not prevent contraction of Coronavirus. The virus is so different from other influenza strains that it will require its own vaccine, which researchers at the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and other leading global researchers have begun this process.

Additionally, antibiotics are ineffective against viruses, and are only used against bacteria. It would not be used as a preventative treatment. However, if you are hospitalized with COVID-19, you may be prescribed antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.

Myth: Coronavirus only affects at-risk populations (i.e. pre-existing conditions, senior citizens).
The virus can affect anyone. It is true that at-risk populations, such as senior citizens or those with pre-existing conditions, appear to be more vulnerable at becoming severely ill if they contract the virus. However, it is extremely important that everyone take steps to prevent contracting the virus by practicing proper hand and respiratory hygiene.

Myth: You can contract 2019-nCoV from mail sent from China and other countries.
You are not at risk from contracting COVID-19 if you receive mail or a package from China and other countries. From analysis researchers have found no evidence to suggest the virus can survive for an extended period of time on objects, such as letters and packages.

Myth: Chlorine, Hand Dryers, and UV Light can sterilize or kill the 2019-nCoV.
These proposed methods for sterilizing COVID-19 have not been shown to kill the virus if it has come in contact with skin and may cause skin irritation. Leading experts from the WHO strongly suggest washing your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

As we navigate this ongoing outbreak, please follow CONSTANT’s COVID-19 thread for more updates and how you and your organization can stay prepared.

For further information and guidance please visit the World Health Organization’s Coronavirus Page (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019).