The most FRUSTRATING thing about the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis is that it seems downright impossible to get good information.

Turn on one channel, and the “experts” say stop buying masks, they don’t work.

Switch to another, and a different expert is urging you to wear one any time you go out!

It’s hard to tell that from what anymore, and that only makes the situation even scarier than it already is.

And that’s the last thing any of us need.

So today, I’m going to bust open six of the BIGGEST MYTHS floating around on TV and the Internet.

And yes… I’ll get to that mask business in a moment.

MYTH #1: Keeping six feet from others will protect you

It’s good to keep your distance – but if you have to be out, don’t rely on the “six-foot rule” pushed by the CDC, because emerging evidence shows it’s NOT enough.

One study out of China found a passenger infected someone on a bus who was nearly FIFTEEN FEET away. Another analysis finds the virus can linger IN THE AIR for up to half an hour.

Think about that. Someone has the infection. The virus comes out in a cough or even through normal breathing. And it just… lingers… until you walk by 30 minutes later.

Call it one more reason to keep inside if you can!

MYTH #2: Gargling with (fill in the blank) will help

I’ve seen a lot going around on online – especially Facebook – claiming gargling with ethanol, alcohol, garlic, bleach and more can stop the virus.

It won’t.

If you want to gargle to help a routine sore throat or whatever, then by all means make a little warm salt water and gargle away. But none of that stuff will stop coronavirus if you’ve been exposed.

And whatever you do, NEVER put bleach or any other hazardous chemical in your mouth!

Myth #3: Younger people are safe

There’s nothing more infuriating than turning on the TV to see that younger folks are treating coronavirus lockdown orders like a license to party.

Instead of keeping low, these punks are out celebrating!

They think they can’t get it, and that it won’t hurt much if they do. But the most recent data from the CDC finds four in 10 patients hospitalized for coronavirus are between the ages of 20 and 54.

Not only that, but even if they DON’T get sick, they can STILL pass the virus onto the rest of us!

MYTH #4: Use hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is certainly better than nothing. It’ll kill some or maybe even most germs. If your hands are pretty clean, it might even kill all of them.

But all our best evidence tells us it’s NOT as effective as washing your hands with soap and water (and lathering up for 20 seconds when you do).

Use hand sanitizer in a pinch – making sure it’s at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol – and then wash your hands for real as soon as you can. And never touch your face without super-clean hands.

MYTH #5: Masks don’t work

They started pushing this one early on in the virus: Don’t buy masks! Masks don’t work! You don’t need them!

Now, hospitals are running out of masks and begging for more.

Well… which is it???

Masks aren’t perfect, especially if they’re not set onto your face just right. But if you HAVE to be out in public, a mask is certainly better than nothing. Just be sure it’s one with an N95 filter for maximum protection.

Myth #6: This is a death sentence

Look, I don’t want to downplay the risks.

They’re very real. This is a serious and – yes – often deadly infection that’s left a trail of bodies around the world.

But despite what you’ve heard it’s NOT a death sentence.

The biggest risks are in older people with chronic health conditions. Even so, 80 percent of cases are mild.

Again, take this very seriously. But I’m hearing from people who are absolutely terrified – and if you’re among the frightened, take a nice deep breath and relax a little.

And remember: It can’t hurt you if you’re not exposed… so stay in if you can and order essentials including meds and groceries online and by phone if possible.

The most FRUSTRATING thing about the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis is that it seems downright impossible to get good information.

Turn on one channel, and the “experts” say stop buying masks, they don’t work.

Switch to another, and a different expert is urging you to wear one any time you go out!

It’s hard to tell that from what anymore, and that only makes the situation even scarier than it already is.

And that’s the last thing any of us need.

So today, I’m going to bust open six of the BIGGEST MYTHS floating around on TV and the Internet.

And yes… I’ll get to that mask business in a moment.

MYTH #1: Keeping six feet from others will protect you

It’s good to keep your distance – but if you have to be out, don’t rely on the “six-foot rule” pushed by the CDC, because emerging evidence shows it’s NOT enough.

One study out of China found a passenger infected someone on a bus who was nearly FIFTEEN FEET away. Another analysis finds the virus can linger IN THE AIR for up to half an hour.

Think about that. Someone has the infection. The virus comes out in a cough or even through normal breathing. And it just… lingers… until you walk by 30 minutes later.

Call it one more reason to keep inside if you can!

MYTH #2: Gargling with (fill in the blank) will help

I’ve seen a lot going around on online – especially Facebook – claiming gargling with ethanol, alcohol, garlic, bleach and more can stop the virus.

It won’t.

If you want to gargle to help a routine sore throat or whatever, then by all means make a little warm salt water and gargle away. But none of that stuff will stop coronavirus if you’ve been exposed.

And whatever you do, NEVER put bleach or any other hazardous chemical in your mouth!

Myth #3: Younger people are safe

There’s nothing more infuriating than turning on the TV to see that younger folks are treating coronavirus lockdown orders like a license to party.

Instead of keeping low, these punks are out celebrating!

They think they can’t get it, and that it won’t hurt much if they do. But the most recent data from the CDC finds four in 10 patients hospitalized for coronavirus are between the ages of 20 and 54.

Not only that, but even if they DON’T get sick, they can STILL pass the virus onto the rest of us!

MYTH #4: Use hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is certainly better than nothing. It’ll kill some or maybe even most germs. If your hands are pretty clean, it might even kill all of them.

But all our best evidence tells us it’s NOT as effective as washing your hands with soap and water (and lathering up for 20 seconds when you do).

Use hand sanitizer in a pinch – making sure it’s at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol – and then wash your hands for real as soon as you can. And never touch your face without super-clean hands.

MYTH #5: Masks don’t work

They started pushing this one early on in the virus: Don’t buy masks! Masks don’t work! You don’t need them!

Now, hospitals are running out of masks and begging for more.

Well… which is it???

Masks aren’t perfect, especially if they’re not set onto your face just right. But if you HAVE to be out in public, a mask is certainly better than nothing. Just be sure it’s one with an N95 filter for maximum protection.

Myth #6: This is a death sentence

Look, I don’t want to downplay the risks.

They’re very real. This is a serious and – yes – often deadly infection that’s left a trail of bodies around the world.

But despite what you’ve heard it’s NOT a death sentence.

The biggest risks are in older people with chronic health conditions. Even so, 80 percent of cases are mild.

Again, take this very seriously. But I’m hearing from people who are absolutely terrified – and if you’re among the frightened, take a nice deep breath and relax a little.

And remember: It can’t hurt you if you’re not exposed… so stay in if you can and order essentials including meds and groceries online and by phone if possible.