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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters by WHO

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 24: An employee disinfecting a station of Tbilisi Metro as a measure to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Tbilisi, Georgia, 03 March 2020.The Covid-19 epidemic that has killed more than 2,500 people mostly in China, has been linked to wild animals carrying a coronavirus and sold in a Wuhan wet market for food. (Photo by Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

The novel coronavirus, named COVID-19, was first reported in Wuhan, China, on Dec. 31, 2019. It belongs to the coronavirus family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued some guidelines to negate misconceptions among people regarding the current outbreak of the COVID-19. Click through to get more information on some of the common myths surrounding the virus.

All captions taken from the WHO website are as of May 4, 2020. The organization is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share new findings.

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