How to Stop the Spread... of Misinformation
Remember those old days when you got bored and your parents told you to “go outside” or “read a book”? Nowadays, we don’t tend to hear those phrases quite as much. More often than not, we play games on our phones or look at social media. With social media as prevalent as it is today, there have been a lot of rumors flying around. Funny thing is, most of those rumors are not true. Today, let’s bust a few myths and help stop the spread… of misinformation.
Myth: COVID-19 is a concoction of the government. We’ve all heard some version of this myth. People suggest that the United States government is fabricating this threat, that there’s no pandemic at all. Others believe that the government actually created and/or planned the virus. No matter what rendition of these rumors you’ve heard, none of them are true. The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a very real disease. Over 100,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. Worldwide, there have been more than 380,000 deaths from this virus. The coronavirus has had a huge impact around the world and is certainly a viable threat. However, though no one knows for certain where it started, we know that the U.S. government was NOT trying to infect its own citizens.
Myth: I’m healthy, so I don’t need to practice social distancing. Wrong! Even if you don’t feel sick, it’s still possible for you to be an asymptomatic carrier of the coronavirus. This means that, while you don’t show symptoms, it’s still possible for you to have the disease and spread it to other people. Everyone is getting tired of quarantine and social distancing, but we want to protect our friends, family, and even strangers. If you are NOT properly social distancing and are an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19, you’re putting the people around you at risk. Protect your loved ones; stay at home and wear a mask when going out.
Myth: All masks are the same. Not by a long shot. Cloth masks seem fun, but they don’t filter out smaller particles. Surgical masks work better than cloth, but they were intended for use by doctors performing surgeries. If anything, they were meant to keep the doctor’s fluids out of the patient being operated on, not the other way around. Finally, there are N95s and KN95s. Both masks filter out 95% of virus-sized particles. EcoHealth KC is dedicated to equipping you and your family with KN95 masks. They work with you in order to provide health AND accurate information in the midst of the current pandemic. Together, we can stop the spread… of misinformation.