Be Informed: COVID-19 Myth vs. Fact
As the Military Health System responds to meet the health care demands of COVID-19, it’s important to stay informed. TRICARE can help you separate rumors from truth. Here are a few COVID-19 myths and facts:
MYTH: Military hospitals and clinics aren’t isolating COVID-19 patients.
FACT: Infection prevention and control protocols are in place at all military medical facilities. These practices are for any infectious disease, and not just COVID-19. Patients who test positive are either isolated within the facility, or sent home to self-isolate.
MYTH: Social distancing is only for high-risk populations.
FACT: Social distancing protects individuals, especially the most vulnerable. This is the best way to slow transmission rates. Anyone can become infected and pass the virus to others. It’s important to stay away from crowded places, reduce contact with others, and avoid people who are coughing or sneezing.
MYTH: It’s unsafe to donate blood at military blood donor centers.
FACT: Service members still need blood products, including deployed forces. Extra safety and screening protocols are in effect in the Armed Services Blood Program. This protects the health and safety of donors and staff. Both groups undergo health screenings. They practice social distancing and follow protocols to ensure the blood supply is safe. Sign up to donate online.
Last Updated 4/30/2020