Coronavirus: Fact or Fiction?

This activity is provided by Medscape. On January 30, 2020, the WHO declared the outbreak of a novel coronavirus, first detected in China, to be a public health emergency of international concern. On January 31, 2020, US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II also declared a public health emergency for the United States. On February 11, 2020, the 2019 coronavirus was officially renamed COVID-19 by the WHO.

Investigations to learn more about this rapidly evolving situation are ongoing, and the CDC and other health organizations have pledged to update information as it becomes available. Amidst this legitimate data gathering, however, misinformation and false rumors are also circulating and need to be corrected.

This activity outlines what fact and what is fiction, the myths vs. the facts.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Describe myths and facts regarding the origins of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that has caused an outbreak of respiratory illness in China
  • Determine myths and facts regarding the best ways to avoid contracting COVID-19 infection, according to Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidance
  • Outline implications for the healthcare team