Here are some tips and facts to keep you from becoming a victim of a fraud or spreading false information about Coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • The government is NOT making any phone calls that request your personal information to provide you with financial aid.
  • There are no FDA approved drugs approved to treat COVID-19.
  • Calls requesting Social security numbers, Medicare, or Medicaid information to receive a COVID-19 test is a scam.
  • Older adults and those with certain medical conditions are at higher risk of death. However, people of all ages, races, and health conditions can become sick from COVID-19 and transmit the illness to others.
  • The Federal Government will not deploy military personnel to control citizens. Only governers can use the National Guard if needed.
  • While the Federal Government is sending many Americans a stimulus payment, any phone call or e-mail claiming to expedite money instantly is a scam designed to steal your banking information.
  • There is no National lockdown or quarantine. Local cities and governors are responsible for any curfews, shelters in place, or other safety restrictions. Most local and state governments indeed have restrictions in place.
  • Drinking alcohol cannot protect you from COVID-19
  • Although healthy, drinking a lot of water will not protect you.
  • The ability to hold your breath for ten or more seconds is not an accurate COVID-19 testing method.
  • Unique soaps, including antibacterial soaps, are not better than other soaps. The key is washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • Warm weather or sun exposure does not lower your chances of infection. Likewise, cold weather does not prevent disease.
  • Less than 20% of infections are severe. Even if your symptoms are mild, you should self-quarantine to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • Blowing hot air into your nose with a hairdryer will not destroy any virus. Additionally, hot hand dryers commonly found in public restrooms do not kill viruses.
  • Hot baths do not prevent COVID-19.
  • Cornonavirus is not airborne. You can’t get it by breathing the air of an infected person. You get it from the cough and sneeze droplets, which can stay on surfaces for a long time.
  • An ultraviolet (UV) disinfection lamp is not recommended for hands or skin.
  • Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that are already in your body. They can cause harm to the skin, clothes, eyes, and mouth.
  • Pneumonia vaccines do not prevent COVID-19.
  • Saline nose treatments do not prevent coronavirus. 
  • Mosquitos do not transmit coronavirus.
  • No antibiotic, anti-viral, or other medication is proven to prevent or treat COVID-19.
  • No herbs, oils, salts, or foods (including garlic) prevent COVID-19.