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As a novel or new disease, the COVID-19 outbreak has sparked a growing trend of myths and misinformation about the virus. The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases is setting the record straight to debunk some of these more common myths. Learn more here: www.nfid.org/coronavirus.

Myth #1: Antibiotics can be used to kill COVID-19. Fact: COVID-19 is a virus. Antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria.

Myth #2: COVID-19 only affects old people. Fact: The risk of illness from COVID-19 increases with age as well as whether an individual is immunocompromised or has certain chronic health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes. People of all ages can be infected and should stake steps to protect themselves and others.

Myth #3: Extra vitamin C will prevent COVID-19. Fact: There is no evidence that taking extra vitamin C will fight against COVID-19. In fact, the body can only absorb a certain amount of vitamin C and any excess will be excreted.

Myth #4: Taking a hot bath will prevent COVID-19. Fact: Taking a hot bath (or shower) will not prevent you from getting infected with COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself is by frequently washing your hands.

 

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