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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBT) – FEMA has launched a coronavirus rumor control site to debunk misinformation circulating about COVID-19.
Rumors and/or myths the site quashes include the following:

  • A national lockdown is in effect and the entire country will be quarantined for two weeks — patently falls.
  • FEMA has activated military assets. The Federal Emergency Management Agency doesn’t even have military assets. Response succeeds best when it is locally executed, state managed and federally supported, FEMA says. Governors are responsible for response activities in their states, including establishing curfews, deploying the National Guard if needed and any other restrictions or safety measures they deem necessary.
  • One of the more unfortunate rumors is that only people over 60 years of age are at risk of getting this disease. Those at higher risk include older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. However, symptoms can range from mild to severe with and may have different complications for each individual.