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Dear Reader, 

 With the recent announcement declaring the new coronavirus, COVID-19, a pandemic nationwide panic is accelerating and fast. 

 And mainstream media isn’t helping stop the madness.  

 Their myths and misinformation are spreading like wildfire… and the fear created by these lies have some people doing rather crazy things.  

But that’s why I’m here.   

Today, I’m going to DEBUNK the top SEVEN common myths about coronavirus.  

 And I’ll tell you exactly how to keep you and your loved ones SAFE during this crisis.  

 Myth 1: A pandemic means everyone could die. 

 This is NOT TRUE.  The definition of pandemic is a “global outbreak of a serious new illness.” 

The problem is many people associate “pandemic” with the 1918 flu that killed tens of millions of people. This sends people into an even greater panic. It’s this kind of hysteria that can lead to empty shelves, low stocks of toilet paper, and a lack of hand sanitizer. 

And that’s why it’s important to keep in mind the true definition.  

 Myth 2:  Alcohol or chlorine will kill the virus. 

 Putting pure chlorine or alcohol on any part of your body can be very dangerous, especially if it gets near your eyes or mouth. To disinfect surfaces, you can put hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle or add ½ cup of bleach to a ¾ gallon of water. But for your skin, handwashing with warm water and soap for 40 seconds is still the best way to prevent the spread of germs. 

 Myth 3: Face masks protect against the virus. 

 Even though healthcare professionals use masks to protect against infection, your average disposable mask is NOT effective. Viral particles are so tiny that they will penetrate through the material. These masks also do not fit your face properly (most healthcare personnel are individually fitted) so they will do little to protect you. Research does suggest that they help prevent you from spreading the disease to others if YOU are sick. However, they will not keep you from getting the virus.  

 Myth 4: It’s just like the flu. 

 It’s true that many COVID-19 symptoms look a lot like the flu: fever, cough, aches, respiratory problems. However, the overall profile of COVID-19 is more serious. Researchers are still working out the mortality rate, but it’s likely many times higher than that of the seasonal flu. Which is why you should take extra care to wipe down surfaces, wash your hands, and practice social distancing whenever possible. 

 Myth 5: Every case is severe. 

 Even though the mortality rate is likely higher than the flu, it doesn’t mean that everyone with COVID-19 will die. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that 80.9% of the cases were mild. But that doesn’t mean you should dismiss it altogether. Being proactive about your health will help keep you and those around you who may be at greater risk, safe and healthy. 

 Myth 6: Antibiotics kill COVID-19. 

  Unfortunately, antibiotics only work to fight bacteria, they don’t kill viruses. And currently there is no vaccine for COVID-19. To protect yourself, consider taking a vitamin C supplement to give your immune system a boost. Grapefruit, turmeric, ginger and green tea are also great ways to amp up your immune defense. Your other best defenses are washing your hands, avoid touching your face, and distancing yourself from others, especially if they are sick. 

 Even if you follow all of the COVID-19 preventative measures, you could still get sick. It’s important that if you show any signs of the virus, coughing, sneezing, chest congestion, shortness of breath or a fever that you seek medical attention. 

 It’s always better to be safe than sorry.