These summer COVID-19 myths need to be busted

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As the weather warms, people are looking to escape to the outdoors from a cabin fever caused by months of winter cold and staying home to avoid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Arriving alongside the warm weather, however, is a wave of summer COVID-19 myths that can potentially cause harm.

So, what misinformation should you be on the lookout for? The World Health Organization has a helpful web page devoted to busting myths about the spread and prevention of COVID-19.

It’s a long list of myths you should educate yourself about, but we’ve highlighted a few here that are especially relevant during the summer.

MYTH: COVID-19 can be transmitted through mosquito bites.

No evidence exists to suggest the new coronavirus can be transmitted by mosquitoes. COVID-19 spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from an infected person. You can also become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.

To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Also, avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.

MYTH: COVID-19 is transmitted through houseflies

Like with mosquitoes, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread by houseflies.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that ticks spread COVID-19, either.

MYTH: Exposing yourself to the sun or to temperatures higher than 77 degrees Fahrenheit prevents COVID-19

Neither sunshine nor hot temperatures have shown to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Countries with hot weather have reported cases of COVID-19. To protect yourself, make sure you clean your hands frequently and thoroughly, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose, and follow physical distancing and masking guidance.

MYTH: COVID-19 cannot be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates

Weather and climate have not been shown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by maintaining six feet of physical distance from others and cleaning your hands often.

Trust the experts

Looking for more COVID-19 information and resources? Check out the OSF HealthCare online COVID-19 hub for more to help you navigate the outbreak.

And no matter what summer throws at you, OSF HealthCare has several convenient options to get you the care or advice you need to stay safe and healthy.

Last Updated: June 23, 2020

About Author: Ken Harris

Ken Harris is the proudest father and a writing coordinator for the Marketing & Communications division of OSF HealthCare.

He has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked as a daily newspaper reporter for four years before leaving the field and eventually finding his way to OSF HealthCare.

In his free time, Ken likes reading, fly fishing, hanging out with his dog and generally pestering his lovely, patient wife.

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