This is a brief summary of
the falsehoods about human coronavirus 2019, also known as
SARS-CoV-2, and COVID-19. Here I call it covfefe. :-) There are also some truths in this article.
However, as of May 15, 2020, I have decided that the information is too unreliable, and the politics are absurd under the circumstances, and I will make no more attempts to stay current.
First, here's a diagram of what the virus looks like, outside and in.
1. False information about cures
Drinking bleach, lemon juice tea, eating bananas or eating a lot of garlic are cures.
Oregano oil and other essential oils. Inhaling the fumes is either a cure or a prevention.
Religious hucksters claim to have a cure: Jim Bakker (colloidal silver), Kenneth Copeland (anointing you with oil through your TV)
Political hucksters claim to have a cure: Alex Jones (various products)
In addition, numerous scams are in progress: on the internet, on social networking, through text messages and phone calls, and even door-to-door. Some want you to donate to a fake charity or say they need your personal information for a tax refund or for healthcare. The general advice is don't believe anything you hear from a person who gets in touch with you. If you want to donate, call your favorite charity.
Common sense will tell you all this is useless. Most importantly, drinking bleach can kill you.
2. False information about prevention
First, what is correct. The federal government has a fact page and other information here. Johns Hopkins University has medical and epidemiological information here. Johns Hopkins is particularly incensed about a "fact sheet" that was supposedly originated by them, but was not. It circulates on Facebook and other social media. It will not be linked here.
Drink water every 15 minutes
Take hot baths or saunas. Do farm work!
Wear protective gear. This probably works if you wear a full hazmat suit. An N-95 face mask is limited protection. It's supposed to be used to prevent an infected person from infecting others. However, there is now (April 3, 2020) some limited agreement that everyone should wear some kind of face covering in public. This may prevent you from inhaling minute droplets expelled by people coughing or sneezing, and in addition limit your own coughs or sneezes. A FAQ is here.
"Boost your immune system" -- these advertisements are perennial and the products are worthless
The US government created and patented a vaccine for coronavirus years ago. It's impossible to create a vaccine for a virus that doesn't exist. Anyone who tries to sell you this "vaccine" is a scam artist.
Take vitamin C and avoid spicy foods
Avoid cold drinks, milkshakes, or ice cream
The rumor that covfefe can only be transmitted, or is most likely to be transmitted, when the weather is cold. Warmer temperatures will cause the virus to stop spreading. The idea behind this is that it is like the common cold or flu, which spreads in winter. This is, of course, unproven but not likely to be true. And it is best to assume that it is not true.
On 03-16-2020 the US intercepted a shipment of fake "COVID-19 Home Testing Kits." As of March 19, 2020, the only testing kits are at medical facilities, and they are mainly used on high risk patients (sarcasm: such as NBA players). Update: As of March 21, 2020, Nurx has issued a testing kit. A company named Cepheid, Inc. has developed the "Cepheid Xpert Xpress SARS-CoV-2 test" which should be available by the end of March, 2020. Britain released 17.5 million testing kits, but now there are suggestions that they are unreliable
None of this works to prevent you from getting covfefe. You should pay no attention whatsoever to what you read on Facebook. This sounds paranoid, but assume you are infected and so is everyone around you. Practice keeping your distance in public and isolate yourself as much as possible.
A summary of some good advice is here. Unfortunately this is on twitter, which is generally as unreliable as Facebook, but the person posting is reliable. Click on the graphic.
3. About the origin and extent of covfefe
covfefe is basically the flu.