COVID-19 Myths and Misconceptions

Have you been inundated with the fake news or confusing reports surrounding COVID-19? Here’s a quick 5-question fact checking quiz by the MedShr Editorial Team.


Questions: True or False?

1)     COVID-19 only spreads when symptoms develop

2)     COVID-19 is just a bad flu

3)     Only older individuals and those with complex medical problems die of COVID-19

4)     Hydrochloroquine can be taken to treat or prevent COVID-19

5)     Wearing more than one mask will help prevent infection


Answers:

1) COVID-19 only spreads when symptoms develop – False

More on the evidence supporting asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission of COVID-19 here

Image Source: McKinsey

2)     COVID-19 is just a bad flu - False


3) Only older individuals and those with complex medical problems die of COVID-19 – False


4) Hydrochloroquine can be taken to treat or prevent COVID-19 - False

Image Source: J P Morgan
Image Source: J P Morgan

5) Wearing more than one mask will help prevent infection– False

More on masks, PPE and aerosol spread of COVID-19 here

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The myths and misconceptions around COVID-19 will continue to concern the public and confuse those who do not have good access to verified information or up-to-date literature. Therefore it is important for healthcare professionals to be critical of the information they receive.



For more answers to other COVID-19 myths and misconceptions view the WHO Myth Busters page.

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