Health experts debunk some Coronavirus myths

SPOKANE, Wash. — Four Coronavirus patients arrived at Spokane’s Sacred Heart Medical Center Thursday. The news brought with it some concerns and a lot of questions.

Spokane Regional Health District Dr. Bob Lutz said in a press conference Thursday that treating those patients in Spokane should not concern residents.

“There is no risk to the general public,” Dr. Lutz said.

County health officials are emphasizing that because Sacred Heart Medical Center is one of a handful of hospitals with a special pathogens unit. The space is in a secured part of the hospital. Hospital representatives said it has its own air circulation system, too. Special pathogens unit program manager Christa Arguinchona said they’ve never used the unit before, but they have trained many times inside it. She said staff dedicated to it are specially trained for the complex situations they face.

“When they’re on shift working on the unit, they are exclusively working with those patients,” Arguinchona said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is among a handful of national and global experts working to bust common myths being spread online about coronavirus. Here are some common questions.

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