The Coronavirus Collection: Prevention and Treatments II

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

19 Articles
  • Published 24 March 2020
19 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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Are COVID-19 Tracing Apps Secretly Tracking Your Facebook and Phone Contacts?

Two smartphone apps tracking the transmission of COVID-19 raised privacy questions ⁠— and where there are questions, there are usually rumors.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Did Trump Suggest Injecting Disinfectants as COVID-19 Treatment?

The U.S. president's comments prompted doctors and the makers of household disinfectants to issue statements urging people not to ingest or inject cleaning products.

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Is Canine Coronavirus Vaccine Proof that COVID-19 Vaccine Should Exist?

The misunderstanding seems to stem from the word "coronavirus" and how it pertains to a family of viruses.

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Is a Global Conspiracy Promoting Remdesivir Over Hydroxychloroquine for Treating COVID-19?

A sprawling conspiracy theory holds that numerous individuals and organizations schemed to promote Remdesivir over a drug that the U.S. president has touted.

False
Is Hand Sanitizer Effective After Its Expiration Date?

Questions about the longevity of hand sanitizers arose after the product started flying off store shelves during the COVID-19 coronavirus disease pandemic.

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Are Non-Respirator Masks Ineffective at Protecting Against COVID-19?

The CDC recommends that members of the public use simple cloth face coverings in public settings to help slow the spread of the virus.

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Did 59 People Die After Pastor Gave Them Dettol To Drink To Prevent Coronavirus?

An old story was given a coronavirus twist and recirculated on social media.

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