FEMA on COVID-19: Myths vs. Facts

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Social media can be both informational and misinforming when it comes to facts on the novel Coronavirus. Through FEMA, News 2 is able to assist in clearing up the blurred lines of online myths.

MYTH: We are under a national lock-down and the country will be quarantined for the next two weeks.

There is no national lock-down.  As with all information online or shared via social media, it is important to verify the source of the information. 


MYTH: We need to stock pile our groceries.

Only buy what your family needs for a week. Going on to say It is important to remember that many families may be unable to buy a supply of food and water for weeks in advance. Consumer demand has recently been exceptionally high – especially for grocery, household cleaning, and some healthcare products. Freight flows are not disrupted, but stores need time to restock. 


MYTH: The U.S. Government is mailing checks for $1,000 and you can sign up for them… 

The U.S. Government is not mailing checks in response to COVID-19 at this time. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer. It’s important that you only trust information coming from official sources. 


MYTH: Only those above the age of 60 and those with pre-existing conditions will contract COVID-19  

It is an unfortunate rumor that only people over 60 years of age are at risk of getting this disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), those at higher risk include older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions. However, symptoms can range from mild to severe with and may have different complications for each individual. The CDC has a list of COVID-19 symptoms you may experience. 


MYTH: The Hantavirus, which was the reasoning for an individual’s death in China can spread from person to person like Coronavirus. 

Hantavirus is not new – according to the CDC, it was first observed in the 1950s in Asia during the Korean War, and in this country in 1993 in the Four Corners area. It is spread primarily to humans through contact with the waste products of infected rodents. Transmission from one human to another may occur, but is extremely rare. 


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