Video Falsely Suggests COVID-19 Is The Common Cold

A video with more than 490,000 engagements promotes the idea that COVID-19 is just the common cold by showing a table in the 1989 American Medical Association’s Encyclopedia of Medicine with coronaviruses next to the common cold. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause a variety of illnesses, including the early 2000 SARS outbreak, the 2012 MERS outbreak, and colds. The coronaviruses that cause colds are genetically distinct from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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