There’s a lot of misinformation out there about the coronavirus (COVID-19), and it’s easy to get lost or confused. When people don’t have the right information about this pandemic, it can lead to more people getting sick - and more deaths.
To keep you and your family safe, here’s a list of the top four coronavirus myths that you should know about:
Myth 1: If I don't have any symptoms of COVID-19, I can't infect anyone else.
False. Studies have indicated that many people with COVID-19 may carry the virus without knowing, including children. These asymptomatic people can still spread COVID-19 to others.
Myth 2: You can treat COVID-19 with chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, Vitamin D, or another medicine.
False. To date, there is no specific medication recommended to prevent or treat COVID-19.
Myth 3: Vaccines for pneumonia or flu can protect you against COVID-19.
False. COVID-19 does not yet have any effective vaccine.
Myth 4: COVID-19 only affects older people.
False. Seniors and people with conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease are more vulnerable to COVID-19, but people of all ages and conditions are at risk. Even groups that are less likely to become seriously ill, such as children, can still spread the virus to others.
All information has been provided by the World Health Organization. This list is not exhaustive, so make sure to double-check with the CDC and the World Health Organization when receiving any new information.
As we work to stop the spread of COVID-19 to our friends and loved ones, the most important step you can take is social distancing: staying home, shutting down non-essential businesses, and keeping six feet of distance between you and anyone who isn’t a member of your household. Without proper social distancing, our hospitals will be overwhelmed with the sick - but with it, we have a fighting chance.
By taking these steps, you can help flatten the infection curve of COVID-19 and protect your local first aid responders, your local healthcare workers, your neighbors, and your loved ones from this virus.
If you have any questions about COVID-19 or what you can do to protect your family, you can contact the 11th District Legislative office at AswDowney@njleg.org. With the right tools and accurate information, we can make it through this crisis - together.
Assemblywoman Joann Downey represents New Jersey’s 11th Legislative District in the State Assembly, where she works to make the Garden State more affordable for its hard-working residents. The 11th District includes the Monmouth County municipalities of Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Interlaken, Loch Arbour, Long Branch, Neptune City, Neptune, Ocean Township, Red Bank, Shrewsbury Borough, Shrewsbury Township, Tinton Falls and West Long Branch.