Busting common COVID-19 myths

COVID-19 information can be overwhelming, and unfortunately, misinformation is common

Have you heard that eating garlic prevents COVID-19 infection?

Or, that taking a hot bath will protect someone from the novel coronavirus?

These are myths -- and they’re running rampant.

At News4Jax we do our best to puts those myths to rest and separate fact from fiction. That’s why we developed the Trust Index. We go to the experts to find the truth.

Dr. Frank Esper, an infectious disease expert at Cleveland Clinic Children’s, said it’s a myth that hand dryers can kill the novel coronavirus.

“People are thinking hot air kills this virus and using blow dryers, or somehow increasing the room temperature will help prevent the spread -- that will not happen,” he said. “That type of heat is not necessarily going to cause a change in the infectiousness of this particular virus.”

And don’t think hot, humid climates are protective. Evidence, to date, shows COVID-19 can be transmitted in all areas.

Some people believe mosquitoes can spread the virus, but that’s not the case, according to Esper.

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