5 Myths About Coronavirus

Everybody everywhere seems to have a friend, spouse or colleague who claims to know “the truth” about COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. But right now, there are probably just two truths you can count on. First: Information is quickly evolving. Second: You’ll find a lot of misinformation about the virus on social media.

Here at MDVIP, we’ve heard combed through the most reliable sources of coronavirus information to help debunk five common myths. 

Myth #1

The French have discovered a cure.


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