Should I be wearing a face mask when I leave my home?!

Will masks prevent us from speaking moistly on others?! Myth: Only those who have symptoms of COVID-19 should be wearing a face mask in public.  There has been a lot of confusion about whether or not the general population is supposed to be wearing masks in public if they don’t have symptoms of COVID-19, and [...]

No, you won’t get COVID-19 from the 5G tower in your neighbourhood.

A long-standing conspiracy theory gets a new look during the COVID-19 pandemic. What is the myth? There is a relationship between COVID-19 and 5G networks. 5G networks are either causing COVID-19 symptoms by directly disseminating the virus, or they’re destroying our immune systems and making us more susceptible to the virus. Where did this myth [...]

Ready, Set…Hold Your Breath?!

This viral (pun-intended) myth has infiltrated (again, pun-intended) numerous social networks, including my mom's inbox and my aunt's WhatsApp. So what is the truth, you might ask? Well, continue reading as we parse through the evidence to determine the validity behind the infamous and (pseudo)scientific hold your breath test. What is the myth? The hold [...]

A Cup of Tea Makes Everything Better – Or Does It?

“I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground I am an avid supporter of tea. Having a bad day? Brew yourself a cup of tea. Just ended a long-term relationship? A cup of tea is a sure way to mend your broken [...]

Hello warm weather, goodbye coronavirus?!

Will a long, hot summer stop the spread of COVID-19? We haven't really warmed up to the idea. Who is propagating the myth? Back in February, U.S. President Donald Trump made the following comment about SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19): “Now, the virus that we’re talking about having to do — you know, a lot of people think [...]

A Secret Bioweapon?!

Theory: COVID-19 is a bioweapon engineered from China... or actually, maybe the United States. Maybe from space. All bets are off. The uncertainty and fear surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has created a platform for numerous conspiracy theories, including those claiming that the coronavirus (i.e. COVID-19) was released by China (or the United States, depending on [...]

WHO Let the Dogs Out?!

Note to the reader: Do not abandon your pets out of fear of the unknown. Who (oh, WHO) is propagating the myth? On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) posted on their myth-buster page stating that dogs cannot catch the coronavirus. The next day, the post was gone. Nevertheless, many people jumped on [...]