The Coronavirus Collection: Prevention and Treatments II

Snopes investigates rumors and misinformation surrounding the prevention and treatment of COVID-19, cont.

12 Articles
  • Published 24 March 2020
12 Articles

Like many health concerns, the novel coronavirus outbreak in 2020 that has infected people around the world with COVID-19 has drawn its fair share of snake oil and bunk cures. Snopes investigates those claims here.

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Will Eating Bananas Prevent Coronavirus Infection?

Bananas are a good source of various nutrients, but eating them doesn't offer solid protection against COVID-19.

False
Coronavirus: It’s Time to Debunk Claims That Vitamin C Could Cure It

In the midst of the novel coronavirus outbreak, some “influencers” are claiming that taking mega-doses of vitamin C can cure COVID-19.

News
Are People With Type-A Blood More Susceptible to COVID-19?

Such an observation would have an impact on how medical professionals identify those most at risk of the disease.

Unproven
Is the Loss of Your Sense of Smell and Taste an Early Sign of COVID-19?

Doctors from around the world are reporting cases of COVID-19 patients who have lost their sense of smell, known as anosmia, or taste, known as ageusia.

News
Can People Who Recover from COVID-19 Become Reinfected?

Medical professionals believe positive coronavirus retests are more likely the result of errors in testing rather than reinfection.

Unproven
Can You Get a Free Coronavirus Test by Donating Blood?

It's not the case that all blood banks are performing coronavirus tests on donors.

False
No, Red Cross Is Not Offering Coronavirus Home Tests

Scams involving the disaster relief organization are unfortunately not new.

Scam
‘Good Read From An Immunologist’ Post Misstates Reasons for COVID-19’s Virulence

A viral Facebook post argues the mutation rate of the coronavirus is responsible for its pandemic spread. There is no scientific support for that notion.

News
Has Dr. Zelenko Successfully Treated 669 Coronavirus Patients?

A blog post asserting that people responded well to an experimental COVID-19 treatment is in no way an evidence-based contribution to science.

Unproven
Did Johns Hopkins Publish This ‘Excellent Summary’ of COVID-19 Advice?

If you're looking for reliable COVID-19 information from Johns Hopkins University, please check the university's website.

Misattributed
Did a Coronavirus Bulletin Warn Against Unprotected Sex with Farm Animals?

You can take the virus out of the farm, but you can't ...

False
Stopping Coronavirus — What Does the Evidence Say Is Best?

A variety of emergency responses and policy strategies have been implemented with different outcomes so far.

News