12 biggest coronavirus myths, busted
To reduce the spread of misinformation, we’re busting the top coronavirus myths.
It’s not only infections that go viral. Myths and false coronavirus remedies are spreading fast across the globe and pose a real risk to public and individual health and safety.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has labelled it an “infodemic” – an overload of misinformation from dubious sources spread through rumour, social media and dodgy websites.
When seeking information on COVID-19, it is important to rely only on trusted and authoritative sources such as the WHO or Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services.
WHO advises that to date there is no proven cure for COVID-19. The best prevention is maintaining strict personal hygiene by washing hands thoroughly and frequently with warm water and soap for 20 to 30 seconds, avoiding touching your face, and maintaining at least 1.5 metres’ distance from other people. Critically, if you are feeling unwell, stay at home to avoid infecting others.