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10 Misconceptions About the Coronavirus

April 27, 2020

From the Everyday Health website

As the novel coronavirus continues to wreak havoc around the world, causing an unprecedented public health crisis, experts caution about another threat: the rapid spread of misinformation.

With U.S. cases peaking in many parts of the country, fact-checking organizations are finding a tremendous number of falsehoods about the pandemic in politics, news organizations, and social media, while psychologists are trying to understand why people are inclined to share the inaccuracies, according to a study published March 17 in PsyArXiv PrePrints.

Everyday Health spoke with medical experts about the most common misconceptions, half-truths, conspiracy theories, and myths about the coronavirus, with the goal of better understanding how the virus spreads and what preventive measures people can take to avoid infection.

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