Common sense is your best protection.
[Editor’s note: This is an updated version of an earlier article that originally ran on January 28 with multiple updates since then.]
Everyone’s talking about the new coronavirus, and it can be hard to differentiate between the facts, misinformation, sensible precautions, and overreaction. All over the world, measures are being taken to control and contain the virus, sometimes based on scientific evidence and sometimes more in response to fear. Now that there are many cases in the United States, fear is growing. While the intention is to be helpful, many people are sharing misinformation and unproven advice on social media. We outline what you need to know, but remind you that the World Health Organization (WHO) is the expert source for advice.