Myth vs. Fact
TRUE or FALSE? COVID-19 only spreads in hot and humid climates.
Current evidence shows that COVID-19 can spread in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather
TRUE or FALSE? Cold weather and snow can kill COVID-19.
TRUE or FALSE? A vaccine is available to protect against COVID-19.
TRUE or FALSE? COVID-19 only infects older people and individuals living with chronic conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes, heart disease).
COVID-19 infects people of all ages, including children. However older people and individuals living with chronic conditions appear to be more vulnerable to becoming seriously ill with the virus. People of all ages need to take steps to protect themselves. This is why it is important to wash your hands often, and practice social distancing.
TRUE or FALSE? Pets can spread COVID-19.
Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that pets can spread COVID-19 to humans. However, you should always wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds after touching pets. As a precautionary measure, if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are self-isolating due to contact with a COVID-19 case, you should follow similar recommendations around animals as you would around people in these circumstances.
TRUE or FALSE? Some diets can protect you from getting COVID-19?
There is no evidence that diets such as low carb diet can protect your from getting COVID-19. Eating healthy food is good for your overall health. However, the best protection against getting COVID-19 remains washing your hands often with soap for 20 seconds and practice social distancing.
TRUE or FALSE? Social media provides good advice on COVID-19
You should only go to reliable sources for the source of truth on COVID-19. This includes www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19, Government of Canada and the World Health Organization (WHO). Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on social media and in some cases the misinformation can be harmful to individuals if followed. It is important to use reliable sources of information. There is currently no cure for COVID-19. The best protection against COVID-19 is to wash your hands often with soap for 20 seconds and practice social distancing.
TRUE or FALSE? Antibiotics are effective in preventing and treating COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a virus, and therefore antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment. Antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria. If you are hospitalized for COVID-19, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth Busters (World Health Organization)
- COVID-19 Myths vs. Realities (John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Prevention and risks (Government of Canada)