Take the Coronavirus Quiz: Do You Know Truth from Myth?
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, myths and misinformation abound. Test your knowledge with this quiz about coronavirus, and check the answer key below to find sources for the most up-to-date, official information.
1. I tested negative for COVID-19, so I definitely don't have it.
FALSE. While a negative result means coronavirus was not found in an individual's sample, the CDC says it is possible the virus will not be detected in the early stages of infection.
2. Exposing yourself to the sun and warm weather will prevent COVID-19
FALSE. Countries with hot weather have reported cases of COVID-19, meaning exposure to sunny or hot weather does not prevent the disease.
3. I should continue social distancing even if I wear a cloth face covering
TRUE. Masks and cloth face covers are not a substitute for social distancing. The CDC continues to recommend maintaining a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others, regardless of whether you are wearing a mask.
4. Young people are susceptible to coronavirus, as well as older people.
TRUE. Although older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus, people of any age can become infected.
5. COVID-19 can only be spread by people showing symptoms.
FALSE. Recent studies have shown people can still spread the virus, even if they are not showing symptoms.
6. I can catch COVID-19 from my pet
FALSE. While several dogs, cats, and ferrets have tested positive for COVID-19, there is no evidence these animals can transmit the disease to humans.
7. There are no specific medications to prevent coronavirus.
TRUE. While symptoms can be treated by medical professionals, there is currently no proof that any drug can cure or prevent COVID-19. Several drug trials are ongoing.
8. Wearing contact lenses increases the risk of catching COVID-19.
FALSE. According to the CDC, there is currently no evidence that contact lens wearers are more at risk of acquiring COVID-19 than people who wear eyeglasses. Contact lens wearers should continue practicing safe wear and care hygiene habits, including washing their hands with soap and water before touching the lenses.
9. I can disinfect myself with Ultra-violet (UV) light to make sure I don't catch coronavirus.
FALSE. The WHO says the most effective ways to remove coronavirus are washing your hands with soap and water, or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers. UV radiation can be harmful to the skin and eyes.
10. You can recover from the coronavirus disease.
TRUE. Most people who catch COVID-19 can recover. If you catch it, treat your symptoms and get medical care if needed.
11. I can hold my breath for 10 seconds without coughing. That means I don't have the coronavirus disease.
FALSE. The WHO has said this breathing exercise does not confirm if you have COVID-19. The best way to confirm if you have the disease is with a laboratory test.
12. Cold weather and snow can kill the coronavirus.
FALSE. There is no proof that cold weather will kill the coronavirus.
13. My children need to wear masks or cloth face coverings in public.
TRUE. The CDC recommends everyone 2 years and older should wear a face covering when they are in the community. Cloth face coverings should not be put on babies or children under 2 years old, due to the risk of suffocation.
14. Listerine is a good disinfectant or hand sanitizer in a pinch.
FALSE. Only some Listerine contains alcohol, and it is at most 20% by volume. The CDC recommends alcohol based hand sanitizers with an alcohol concentration of at least 60%. Even then, the CDC says hand sanitizers may not be as effective in killing viruses as washing hands with soap and water.
15. Eating garlic will prevent coronavirus.
FALSE. While there are health benefits to eating garlic, there is no evidence that preventing coronavirus is one of them.
HOW TO SPOT A MYTH
The World Health Organization (WHO) is regularly updating a list of myths about coronavirus: Source: WHO
Here are 5 facts from the Center for Disease Control to help stop the spread of rumors and misinformation: Source: CDC
Johns Hopkins has 3 tips to help spot a rumor or misinformation: Source: Johns Hopkins
Peter Adams from the News Literacy Project discusses with NPR how and why misinformation spreads, and how the public can improve "information hygiene." Source: NPR
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