Rumors and misinformation can be destructive and can even cause harmful behaviors that increase personal and public health risks. While we cannot realistically respond to every rumor, this document is dedicated to addressing rumors about COVID-19 and related information that can be damaging to our efforts to mitigate the impact of the virus in our community.
Residents concerned about novel coronavirus can check and share this page for updates and visit the following websites:
Are at-home test kits available for the coronavirus? (March 21, 2020)
No. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is actively and aggressively monitoring the market for firms marketing products with fraudulent CVOID-19 diagnostic, prevention and treatment claims. At this time, the FDA has not authorized any test that is available to purchase for testing yourself at home for COVID-19.
Are there medications that can be used to treat coronavirus? (March 21, 2020)
No. While there are ongoing efforts to determine if existing drugs can be effective against the coronavirus, there are no medications that have been proven to treat coronavirus at this time.
Is the National Guard being activated in MD to force people to self-quarantine? (March 23, 2020)
No. The National Guard is staging in areas of the state for the purpose of supporting logistics, including the movement of materials and set-up of medical tent sites. They are NOT deployed at this time for force protection or enforcement of non-essential business or for individuals asked to self-quarantine. We hope that everyone understands the seriousness of what we are facing and will do their part to follow the guidance provided.
Should you avoid using ibuprofen for fever control if you suspect you have COVID-19? (March 23, 2020)
No. There is no scientific evidence that establishes a link between ibuprofen and the worsening of COVID-19 symptoms. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, speak with your healthcare provider regarding the most appropriate health products for the treatment of fever or pain. If you are currently taking ibuprofen, especially for a chronic illness, do not stop taking your medication.
Source – World Health Organization (WHO)