Board of Health dispels coronavirus myths in online update

Apr 26, 2020

The Dartmouth Board of Health has posted a series of coronavirus facts and fiction on the town’s Facebook page to combat misinformation about the Covid-19 illness.

Information posted includes the fact that covering your face in public can protect other people from contracting the virus, the fact that wearing gloves may not protect you or others, and the fact that people of all ages can be infected and experience mild to severe symptoms of Covid-19.

The Board of Health guide also notes that wearing a mask or face covering may not protect you from contracting the illness and does not replace physical distancing guidelines.

Other updates on the town’s Facebook page note that illegal dumping of personal protective equipment “has become a mounting concern,” with a “substantial amount” of potentially hazardous used PPE found in one spot on Old Westport Road.

The post stated that “a medical waste disposal company had to be contracted to properly dispose of” the PPE, and asked residents to get a license plate and contact the police if they see anyone illegally dumping.

An increase in coronavirus-related scams has resulted in the town advising residents to disregard texts, emails, or calls regarding the government-issued check, ignore robocalls and online offers for vaccinations and home test kits, discard emails claiming to be from the CDC or the WHO, and to thoroughly research organizations before making any donations.

The Dartmouth Council on Aging is also providing assistance to struggling residents, who can contact the COA at (508) 999-4717.

Dartmouth Community TV and the Council on Aging have also teamed up to provide online classes in Tai Chi and Conditioning and Rehabilitation.

Tai Chi classes are available by clicking this link and Conditioning classes are available here.