MythBlasters

COVID-19 Truths and Myths

There’s a lot of conflicting information out there right now and it can be challenging to know what’s true. We’ve got your answers right here—separating the myths from the truths so you can help keep yourself and your community healthy and safe!

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vaccine has been developed, so COVID-19 will go away soon. 

Truth

COVID-19 vaccinations are being distributed in a phased approach, so most Coloradans aren’t expected to be vaccinated until summer 2021 or later. 

Myth

I don’t know anyone personally who has gotten really sick or died from COVID-19, so the virus isn’t as bad as it seems. 

Truth

The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to climb across the U.S. It’s important to participate in prevention behaviors until health professionals direct us to do otherwise. 

Myth

The effects of COVID-19 aren’t serious, especially for college students and young people. 

Truth

Hospitalization and death rates are lower for younger people, but they still play an important role in slowing transmission rates and protecting others. 

Myth

If I’ve been exposed to COVID-19 but don’t show any symptoms, I don’t have to get tested or take any extra precautions. 

Truth

40 to 50 percent of people who test positive for COVID-19 show no symptoms. It’s important to still get tested and quarantine until you know you’re negative.

Myth

If I hold an outdoor gathering, I can invite as many people as I want. 

Truth

Being outside reduces transmission risk, but it’s still possible to spread COVID-19. Limit gatherings to two or three people—with masks and at a distance. 

Myth

I’ve already had COVID-19, so I can’t get the virus again. 

Truth

Antibodies may protect you for a few months, but you may still be susceptible to other variants of the virus or pass it on to others. 

Myth

If all the people in my house get COVID-19, we can develop a herd immunity. 

Truth

Theres no way to predict how someone will react to COVID-19. Intentionally getting sick can put yourself and others at risk of dangerous long-term health effects. 

Myth

I don’t need to be as cautious about wearing a mask and social distancing off-campus or when I’m with close friends. 

Truth

COVID-19 transmission is more likely to occur in close-contact settings—even in small study groups amongst friends—on campus or off.

Myth

I don’t need to be as cautious about wearing a mask and social distancing off-campus or when I’m with close friends. 

Truth

COVID-19 transmission is more likely to occur in close-contact settings—even in small study groups amongst friends—on campus or off.

Myth

I’m probably going to get COVID-19 anyway, so it’s pointless to try to avoid it. 

Truth

Even if you catch the virus, you can still prevent others from catching it and potentially having dangerous health effects. 

Myth

I don’t have the time or money to get tested for COVID-19.  

Truth

There are testing sites all over the Denver-metro area, including on campus. It’s quick and FREE for Mines’ students, faculty and staff.

Myth

Minor symptoms, like a mild sore throat, mean I’m not a risk to others.    

Truth

Many people only experience minor COVID-19 symptoms but are still very contagious. If you have symptoms, get tested, isolate and report your status to CRIT.    

Myth

If I think I have COVID-19, I can just stay home for a few days and not involve contact tracing.  

Truth

ALL community members must report a potential COVID-19 illness to CRIT for accurate illness reporting and follow the Oredigger Promise.  

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