Debunking COVID-19 Myths

Sydney Jennings

Associate Editor of Patient Care Online

Fact or fiction? Exposure to the sun can prevent COVID-19. Plus 8 more Q&A’s from the WHO in part 2 of our COVID-19 myth-busting series.

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres recently called the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic a "dangerous epidemic of misinformation" that has left millions of people scared and going online seeking advice on proper protection methods. Fraudulent products are being sold online that promise a cure for COVID-19 and false information is circulating across social media in such large numbers that Facebook announced that users who interacted with COVID-19 misinformation that has been flagged as “harmful” will be directed to the World Health Organization's (WHO) page that is dedicated to debunking various COVID-19 myths. Below, are 9 statements and answers from the WHO's list that you can use to help patients decipher COVID-19 facts from fiction.