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10 Coronavirus Myths You Should Be Aware Of

1. Alcohol or chlorine sprayed on skin can kill the virus: Alcohol or chlorine on skin can cause harm, especially if it enters the eyes or mouth. Although these chemicals can be used to disinfect, they should never be used directly on the skin.

2. Only the elderly are at risk: SARS-CoV-2, like other coronaviruses, can infect people of any age. However, anyone — older adults or individuals — with preexisting health conditions are at risk.

3. Alcohol or chlorine sprayed on skin can kill the virus: Alcohol or chlorine on skin can cause harm, especially if it enters the eyes or mouth. Although these chemicals can be used to disinfect, they should never be used directly on the skin.

4. Children cannot catch COVID-19: Again, anyone, regardless of age group, can catch the virus. While most deaths have been people with preexisting conditions and the elderly, critical patients have shown long-term effects.

5. COVID-19 is just like the flu: SARS-CoV-2 may include flu-like symptoms — aches, fever, chills, cough — both can also lead to pneumonia and death. The rate of death of SARS-CoV-2 remains unclear, but the rate of infection may be upwards of 20x that of the flu.

6. Everyone with COVID-19 dies: False. COVID-19 is only fatal for a small percentage of people, although it remains unclear what the rate of death is for the disease. According to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention upwards of 90 percent of cases were mild and a majority of cases a asymptomatic.

7. Cats and dogs spread coronavirus: False. Currently, medical experts do not see any indications that animals, such as cats and dogs, do not spread COVID-19.

8. Face masks protect against coronavirus: While face masks may not help you, they do protect others. Disposable masks provide little protection for the wearer, but they do help prevent the spread of little droplets.

9. Hand dryers kill coronavirus: Hand dryers will not kill the coronavirus. The best way to protect yourself if social distancing, quarantining, and washing your hands.

10. You have to be with someone for 10 minutes to catch the virus: There is not a required time to be around an infected person, but the longer you are around someone with the virus, the more likely they are to catch the virus.

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