Don’t believe everything you hear or read about COVID-19

People wait for an H-E-B grocery store to open on March 17, 2020, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip/file)
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WASHINGTON (KWTX) There’s no national lockdown and no pending two-week quarantine, you don’t need to stockpile groceries and supplies, the government is not yet prepared to send out checks to every American, and those older than 60 aren’t the only people at risk from the new virus.

Rumors and misinformation about the COVID-19 outbreak are circling the globe at the speed of light and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is asking Americans to do their part in stopping the spread of disinformation.

FEMA has created a rumor control website aimed at making it easier to distinguish between fiction and fact as efforts to slow the spread of the virus ramp up.

“Do your part to the stop the spread of disinformation by doing 3 easy things; don’t believe the rumors, don’t pass them along and go to trusted sources of information to get the facts about the federal COVID-19 response,” the agency says.

“Always go to trusted sources of information like coronavirus.gov or your state and local government’s official websites or social media accounts for instructions and information specific to your community.”