Delaware health officials dispel rumors surrounding COVID-19 treatment, prevention efforts

DOVER, Del. -As fears surrounding the coronavirus continue to rise, doctors say it’s not uncommon for people to have questions regarding the disease like how to treat or prevent it.

“The confusion surrounding the disease is just as much a factor in the severity and the danger of the disease as the disease itself,” said Chief Physician for the Delaware Division of Public Health, Dr. Rick Pescatore.

But doctors say the true danger lies when false information about the disease is spread on social media. Like posts suggesting that people with certain blood types are more susceptible to contracting the virus. Posts that health officials say, just aren’t true.

“We see people talking about drinking fluids to wash the virus into the stomach, we see things about taking certain medications or supplements. I think a lot of people have seen the spray the hairdryer in your face thing which is not true,” said Dr. Pescatore.

So what exactly should you be doing to prevent or treat COVID-19?

“Social distancing is the absolute key and then from there, we talk about really important things like handwashing. Staying at home and treating yourself includes taking medications for fevers or pain, cough medicine if your doctor prescribes it, and lots of fluids and rest. These are the hallmarks of treatment for coronavirus,” said Dr. Pescatore.

And what about if you come across a questionable post?

“Anything that is rooted in evidence and has the backing of medical science behind it, will have DPH behind it as well. We’ll get that information out to people. Nobody’s hiding treatments. Nobody is doing anything other than identifying the most effective and safest treatments and practices, and then immediately utilizing every channel we have to send that out to Delawareans,” said Dr. Peascatore.

And while health officials aren’t exactly sure how long this pandemic will last, they say as long as everyone follows the guidelines, we’ll get through this. Together.

“We need to make sure that the virus is not transmitted and doing all you can to avoid others is really, critically, important,” said Dr. Pescatore.

Health officials add that It’s important for people to note that 80% of those who contract coronavirus will most likely not need hospitalization or further medical care, but they say if you feel that you need to go to the hospital you should do so. They say they don’t want anybody to fear that they can’t go to the emergency department if they feel they need to.

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