ACEP urges the public to be circumspect of bold
claims or instant cures made on social media or circulating among
friends. Instead, seek information supported by data and endorsed by
leading health and medical expert entities like ACEP, the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or others.
“A troubling number of purported experts are sharing false and
dangerous information that runs counter to the public health and
safety guidelines endorsed by ACEP and the nation’s leading medical
and public health entities,” said William Jaquis, MD, FACEP,
president of ACEP. “This kind of misinformation can not only be
harmful to individuals, but it hinders our nation’s efforts to get
the pandemic under control.”
There is currently no cure or vaccine for COVID-19. Researchers and
scientists are continuously learning more about the virus and how to
treat it, and their expert guidance is updated accordingly. Anyone
can spread COVID-19, even those who do not suspect they are
infected. The CDC states that 40 percent of positive cases occur
with people who show no symptoms (asymptomatic) but can still spread
the virus. That does not mean the virus is “harmless.” The long-term
effects of carrying the virus are still being studied.
Meanwhile, cases are surging in most states and tests are in short
supply as demands on hospital beds and resources approach or exceed
capacity. Whether your community is experiencing a surge or not, you
can be assured that the emergency department is the best place to be
if you think you are having a medical emergency.
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Emergency physicians are ready and able to care for
you anytime and are specially trained to keep you safe even in the
midst of a pandemic.
Information evolves and sound scientific reasoning
can change as new information comes to light. As you consult with
your health care provider or local health authorities, look for
information backed by data and supported by consensus. Heeding
unsubstantiated advice opens you to avoidable health risks.
Without a cure, smart personal choices and safe behaviors are the
best defense against spreading COVID-19 and overwhelming our health
“There are still many questions about COVID-19 but we know these
three simple steps offer the best protection that we have until a
vaccine is developed; cover your face, wash your hands frequently
and practice social distancing,” said Dr. Jaquis.
[The American College of Emergency