3 Ways to Debunk COVID-19 Myths and Misconceptions
by Kroger Health Staff
Last Updated: April 12, 2020
From outlandish conspiracy theories to potentially harmful misinformation, rumors about COVID-19 are spreading as fast as the virus. When it comes to COVID-19, false information can be dangerous, damaging, and even deadly. The World Health Organization (WHO) is so concerned about the inaccurate information, and bogus claims that they are calling it an “infodemic” and are working with Facebook and Google to help clear up the confusion.
To help you stay informed with the facts, Kroger Health has a few suggestions to assist in separating fact from fiction.
- Check the accuracy of your information. Visit credible websites of national and international health organizations and renowned medical clinics, including fema.gov, coronavirus.gov, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The World Health Organization, The Mayo Clinic, and The Cleveland Clinic. You can feel confident that the information published by these sources is accurate and will be updated quickly as we learn more about the virus and the surrounding science.
- Do your part to help halt the spread of misinformation. If you see something on social media about COVID-19 that is questionable, don’t share the post. If someone tells you something you believe is untrue, ask them for the source of information. If they can’t provide it, try to locate the source via a search engine. If a false idea spreads on social media, it could be dangerous to you and others, and you may want to consider reporting it to the administrator of the site. You can also positively impact the balance of information online by sharing updates from the credible sources mentioned above.
- If you have questions about your health situation, speak to a practitioner. Your general practitioner will know of any underlying conditions that make you particularly susceptible to COVID-19 and help you separate fact from fiction. Our Kroger Health team offers telemedicine services and can answer any questions you have. While friends and family are often quick to share advice, it’s more important now than ever to speak to a professional who is qualified and up-to-date on the characteristics of the virus. Currently, there is no vaccine for COVID-19, so if you read about a quick “cure” or “treatment,” it is likely false information. The FTC is reporting an uptick in the number of scams tied to so-called “cures” and “treatments.” Understandably, people are hopeful for positive news, and, unfortunately, this is the exact emotion that scammers seek to exploit. If you’re unsure, ask a professional.
Disclaimer: The information in this story is accurate as of its publication. However, the situation surrounding COVID-19 is ever-evolving. We are working to keep our stories up-to-date as changes occur, but we also encourage everyone to check news and recommendations from the CDC, WHO, and their local authorities.