By now you are certainly familiar with COVID-19, or coronavirus, a highly-transmissible virus that has caused a global pandemic. Many nations and states are imposing shelter-in-place orders to slow the spread of the virus. However, thanks to a spread of misinformation, coronavirus rumor control is necessary in Portland, OR. Here are some facts about the virus and answers to commonly-spread rumors.
What is coronavirus and what do I need to know?
COVID-19 is a virus that was first reported in Wuhan, China in late 2019 and has spread across the globe due to the proliferation of international travel, along with the virus’s contagious nature. The virus can be spread through airborne droplets from coughing or sneezing, and can stay active on surfaces for days at a time. The virus causes an upper respiratory infection with fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Some carriers may be asymptomatic and never show signs of illness.
Experts suggest washing hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds at a time, and avoiding touching your hands, nose and mouth. If you are currently under a local, state or national shelter-in-place order, you are advised to stay at home except for groceries, essential business and outdoor exercise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends wearing a mask or other face covering to stop the spread of the virus.
Coronavirus rumors: Fact or fiction?
The most important thing to do when you hear COVID-19 rumors is to do a little due diligence before potentially spreading misinformation. Your city, state and the federal government all have websites set up to inform the public and dispel coronavirus rumors—take a look at them to find out the most up-to-date information available:
- Does 5G cause or spread coronavirus? This is a conspiracy theory. Neither the FCC nor any other organizations have credibly linked 5G networks to causing or spreading coronavirus.
- Has the National Guard been deployed? It varies by state. The National Guard is a state organization. Although the President has authorized states to be refunded for any use of National Guard services, it is not a national requirement. Bear in mind that the National Guard often helps build and maintain field hospitals and delivers food and supplies, so its presence is not a cause for alarm. Additionally, some U.S. military ships have been deployed to cities around America to act as hospitals, to alleviate the burden on the healthcare system.
- Do I need to register with FEMA for disaster assistance? FEMA is not responsible for the Small Business Administration’s pandemic relief package, also known as the $2 trillion CARES Act. In order to take advantage of those funds, please visit the Small Business Administration site.
- Can any medicines or supplements prevent or cure COVID-19? At this time, there is no evidence to support the rumors that certain existing medicines or natural supplements can prevent or cure COVID-19.
Active Mold Control LLC continues to stay on top of coronavirus developments. At this time, we are considered an essential business and remain open to serve the Portland, OR area.
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