Misinformation about coronavirus is widespread.

Here are 10 common COVID-19 myths on infection, treatment, social distancing and more.


Fredia Wadley, MD, Talbot County Health Officer



If someone in your family develops fever and flu-like symptoms, please:

  • Keep that person at home.
  • Call your health care provider and get directions for what to do next.
  • Please don’t go directly to your health provider, but call first.
  • Please don’t go to the Emergency Department unless the sick person is having trouble breathing.

Many cases of COVID 19 are mild to moderate and do not require anything other than symptomatic treatment (drink liquids, take something for fever if needed, take something across the counter for cold symptoms). If you are unable to contact your health provider, the CDC guidelines are as follows:

  • The sick person should stay home and you should follow the suggestions for home care.
  • If any other members of the family develop symptoms and fever, they should stay home.
  • The sick may stop isolation once
  • Their symptoms are improving
  • They have had no fever (and are not taking anything for fever) for 72 hours, and
  • It has been at least 7 days since the symptoms started. This means that isolation will never be less than 7 days but may be longer than 7 days depending upon how many days a person has fever
  • Individuals over 60 years of age especially with chronic health conditions and anyone with a weakened immune system (cancer treatment, on steroids, and other conditions that your health care provider has told you affects your immune system) should be more careful and check with your health care provider if you develop any flu-like symptoms.



  • Keep the sick person in a room by themselves if possible.
  • Monitor temperature and symptoms and call health care provider if symptoms worsen.
  • Keep a mask on the infected person, if possible, to decrease exposure risk. If you do not have a surgical mask, then use a handkerchief like a bandanna. This will stop large droplets from getting into the air when a sick person coughs.
  • Decrease contact with other members of the family.
  • Wipe down the surfaces in the room of the patients and have them wash their hands or use sanitizer often.
  • Keep dishes and objects touched by patient from others in family. Immediately wash dishes in hot soapy water.
  • Caretaker should practice hand hygiene every time they leave the room (wash hands NO LESS THAN 20 seconds or use sanitizer before exiting the room every time).
  • Dispose of soiled tissues in plastic lined trash can; tie a knot in the plastic and dispose of this bag in outside garbage can. Don’t leave these lying around.
  • A couple of times each day (at least) wipe with a disinfectant the surfaces in the home that get a lot of traffic and hand contact (stair rails, kitchen counter, etc..).
  • If you run out of disinfectant wipes, make your own: 5 tablespoons (or 1/4 cup) of bleach in 1 gallon of water. My mother used more because she loved bleach, but the Centers for Disease Control say this will disinfect and kill viruses and not be so hard on your hands and surfaces.



Children can get COVID 19 but usually have a mild illness. However, they can infect others in the family.

  • The mother or someone will need to stay in the room a great deal of the time if the child is very small. It is better for only one person to be the care giver.
  • The child may not tolerate a mask, and if not, then the care taker can wear the mask or bandanna while in the room with the child. When you exit leave the mask in the room. Wash it in soapy water once a day.
  • Wipe down the surfaces, handles, and door knobs of the room.
  • Disinfect objects in the child’s room; wash the teddy bear or plushy animal if possible.
  • Use the same hand sanitizer every time you leave the room of the child to keep from spreading the virus outside the room. If you don’t have sanitizer and or adjoining bathroom, wash your hands immediately upon leaving the room.



  • When an infected person breathes out, water droplets go into the air that have virus particles in them.
  • If the person sneezes or coughs, those water droplets come out of mouth or nose with force but usually do not travel 6 feet.
  • The droplets settle out of the air rather quickly. But that leaves virus on the surfaces of objects under and within 6 feet of the person.
  • That is why you disinfect surfaces if someone at home is sick. You use sanitizer on your hands before you leave the sick room, but you disinfect surfaces in other rooms because you might have brought some virus out of the sick room and then touched a knob, counter surface, or handle and left the virus there.

Talbot County Food Pantries

NEED Help finding a Food Resource Near you? Call 410-770-5515 – Monday-Friday 8am-5pm


Bay Hundred Area
Royal Oak United Methodist
6968 Bellevue Rd., Royal Oak, MD
Unmanned outside
24 hours, Everyday

St. Luke’s United Methodist

5642 Poplar Lane, Bellevue, Royal Oak, MD
Monday-Saturday, 24 hrs., Indoors

St. Michaels Christ Church

103 Willow St., St. Michaels, MD
Re-opening June 1, 2020
Mondays 9-11am, Thursdays 1-3pm

St. Michaels Community Center

103 Railroad Ave, St. Michaels, MD
Mon. 5-7pm, Wed. 3-5pm, Fri. 11am-3pm
Meals available M, W, F.
Deliveries available for Seniors and Disabled – call 410-745-6073

New St. John’s United Methodist

9123 Tilghman Island Rd., Wittman, MD
Unmanned outside -24 hours, Everyday

Tilghman Food Pantry

410-886-2009, 410-886-9863
5731 Tilghman Island Rd, Tilghman, MD
Pantry – Tues 9am-12pm,Wed 3-6pm
Meals – Mon 5-7pm, Fri 11am-3pm

Easton Area

Neighborhood Service Center
126 Port St., Easton, MD
Monday – Friday 9am-12pm & 1:30-4pm
Go into lobby to get form.

St. Stephen’s AME

9467 Unionville Rd., Easton, MD
Outdoors, Staffed Tues & Thurs 10am-1pm

St. Vincent de Paul

29533 Canvasback Dr., Easton, MD
Tuesday 1-4pm, Saturday 9am-12pm

Harvest of Hope- Church of God

1009 N. Washington St., Easton, MD
Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

For Over 60 Only

Senior Center Pop Up Pantry
400 Brooklett’s Ave., Easton, MD
Friday 9-11am

Food for Homeless
Available at Neighborhood Service Center, Ridgeway Transitional Shelter (410-820-7013) and St. Michaels Community Center

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