Someone on Facebook was pushing an unsourced rumor that breathing hot, dry air would kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It doesn't. It could be dangerous if tried with very hot air. Don't do it.
I keep seeing absolutely bogus talk, things that do more harm than good, that encourage misuse of essential supplies -- it's all just trash. If CDC or your state or city Board of Heath (or equivalent) didn't say it, it's probably nonsense. Whatever you think about inducements to innovative thinking in modern Red China, with 11 million sick and/or gravely worried people in Wuhan and more in the rest of China (not to mention South Korea), if there was a way to MacGyver this virus to a standstill, someone would have done it already and they'd be getting awards from a grateful planet right now.
Politicizing this illness doesn't help, either. The politicians are going to do so anyway. They've been busy sniping at one another, especially if they were already campaigning. We don't need to play along. We can play red flag/blue flag later, once we get through the worst of this.
TV and online news from reputable outfits is not lying to you about the virus. Yes, CNN loathes the current Administration, but even they -- and all the other ABC/CBS/NBC/etc. a little to the right of them and major newspapers on either side -- are working hard to get the facts out. Some of them can't help but snipe and snap (New Yorker is still so consumed by Presidential Derangement Syndrome that they're just about useless) but the majority are working past that.
And your local news, TV and what's left of radio and newspapers, look, they're not paid well enough to put up a wall of lies even if they wanted to, which they do not. These are earnest strivers, some of them a bit wet behind the ears but working hard. I have an inside view of this. They're knocking themselves out to gather, assemble and present the news about this crisis and how people can deal with it. They're just as much at the mercy of experts as any of us -- but at present, they have good access to large body of genuine expertise and they are doing whatever they can to share it with you.
Pay attention and survive. Don't share whacky, unsourced nattering and misinformation. Be kind to others. Get through this.
6 months ago