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COVID-19: Fact vs. Fiction and Rumor Control

Tuesday April 7, 2020 | COVID-19 Information, Featured, Health & Medical, Washington Tracking

Keep it real Washington! Help separate COVID-19 fact from fiction, medicine from myth, and keep rumors in check!  These trusted sources can help you manage behavior and anxiety to support your friends, families, and neighbors.

Washington State Coronavirus Response (COVID-19)

  • Washington State Coronavirus Response (COVID-19) is Washington State’s official COVID-19 site, maintained by the state Joint Information Center. This site provides links to official information from a wide range of trusted sources, including government and community services. The site has a Spread the Facts page with important FAQs.  The Spread the Facts campaign provides helpful infographics for download and re-use.

World Health Organization Myth Busters

Washington State Department of Health

U.S. Centers for Disease Control

  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control has a simple page of 5 Key Facts with detail worth reading.
  1. Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity.
  2. For most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low.
  3. Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.
  4. There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.
  5. You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms.

U.S. Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)

  • Coronovirus Rumor Control page. From FEMA: “The purpose of this page is to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis, stay informed with our updated myth vs. facts related to the federal (COVID-19) response.”

Media Summaries

When referring to press articles regarding COVID-19, please remember to check the publication date or revision date – knowledge is growing quickly!

Seattle Times:

New York Times:

Wired UK:

From WIRED in the UK comes this health column.  Does alcohol kill coronavirus? The biggest myths, busted. [4/6/20]

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