Welcome to the MythBusters section of the COVID-19 Central website. Thank you for having the curiosity to meander over to our neck of the woods. In these wild times, it’s hard to know what is fact, what is fiction, and what lies somewhere in between. The news is saturated with updates, information, and speculation at every possible angle of this situation. With so many perspectives and so much uncertainty, all it takes is passing by a television playing ABC World News Tonight with David Muir to find yourself hurtling through time and space, with echoing phrases bouncing around like, “coronavirus is an anagram for corn savior” — I think we all know what that means, and “covering yourself in garlic oil and rolling in organic chia seeds is the only surefire way to keep you and your family safe from this disease.” Neither of those things make any sense. Normally we wouldn’t feel like we would have to clarify that point, but in these ever-changing times we need to be as clear as possible. Perhaps you’ve found yourself three loaded pages deep in the comments on a YouTube video about handwashing, or hungrily perusing a paragraph written by someone with a South Park character as their profile photo and suddenly had the thought, “what am I doing?” That’s okay. We’ve all been there. The internet is a minefield of misplaced confidence, and navigating the facts takes effort. It takes discipline. It takes…Fallacy Smashers. No, wait. Misinformation Demolishers. Not quite. Ah yes…Myth Busters.
Our goal is to provide digestible overviews of the most potent falsehoods circulating the world wide web and beyond, and provide resources that support our skepticism. At the end of the day, uncertainty is terrifying. So, let’s breakdown some misconceptions, make things a little more manageable, and have some fun doing it. Let’s Bust. A. Myth.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]