There's good information, and there's bad information, and then there's dangerous misinformation. In this tentative time, let's help each other stay current and informed, and far away from the urban legends and other hoaxes that always crop up in times of crisis.
Here's a fun and informative rundown on some of the more popular myths about the novel coronavirus. Many of these "cures" or prophylactic treatments are being rapidly passed around on social media, and while most of them aren't particularly dangerous to do, the real threat comes from a false sense of security (e.g., staying hydrated during the day is good advice in any situation, particularly during flu season, but it won't affect the coronavirus).
From The Guardian, here's a good explanation on just how washing your hands with soap and water kills (or neutralizes, rather) the virus.
And a journalist describes her time in the middle of the SARS epidemic and the Ebola crisis of a few years ago, very interesting and informative.
Stay safe! And let's be careful news consumers and help each other avoid misinformation whenever we can. We'll do our part!
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