Maryland Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rumor Control

Coronavirus Rumor Control

The purpose of this page is to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis. 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 state of Maryland's (COVID-19) response. 

Government Orders


Here are the Facts: The Primary Election of April 28, 2020, remains postponed to June 2, 2020, in all of the State. Marylanders are encouraged to cast their vote by mail. If that is not possible, each county will open at least one voting center for individuals to cast a ballot or return a vote-by-mail ballot.

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Here are the Facts: Governor Hogan signed an Executive Order on 4/15, mandating face masks or cloth face coverings be worn in all retail spaces and public transportation.

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Here are the Facts: Per Governor Hogan's Executive Order, Maryland moved from a Stay At Home Order to Safer At Home Public Health Advisory. Barber shops and beauty salons services are now permitted to provide hair services by appointment only in counties that have proceeded with Stage One reopenings. Please refer to the Executive Order document released by The Governor's Office of Legal Counsel for more information.

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Here are the Facts: Currently, the state is leading a response team effort to implement universal testing of all residents and staff at all Maryland nursing homes, regardless of whether they are symptomatic. Universal testing is now available and additional information can be found at the Nursing Home Response and Operation of “Bridge Teams” in Maryland document below.

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Virus/Disease


Here are the Facts: At this time, there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. CDC notes that in general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures. It is more likely that a person will be exposed by person-to-person transmission involving close contact with someone who is ill or shedding the virus.

Here are the Facts: Currently, the CDC recognizes that people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Here are the Facts: Older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions are at higher risk of serious illness. But anyone can become sick, and symptoms can range from mild to severe regardless of how old you are or if you have other medical conditions.

Here are the Facts: At this time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not aware of scientific evidence connecting the use of NSAIDs, like ibuprofen, with worsening COVID-19 symptoms. FDA advises the public to read the full Drug Facts Label on OTC medications prior to use. The World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend against the use of ibuprofen.

Here are the Facts: The CDC provides guidance on what to do if you have pets and are concerned for their health in regards to COVID-19.

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Here are the Facts: At this time, there is no evidence that disinfectants can cure the coronavirus inside or on the body. As a reminder, under no circumstance should any disinfectant products be administered into the body through injection, ingestion or any other route.

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Supplies / Grocery / Food Service


Here are the Facts: At this time, essential businesses such as grocery stores are still open. Please, only buy the food and supplies your family needs at this time. Some families may not be able to purchase groceries and supplies in advance. Customer demand for these items is high, but grocery stores and distribution partners are working diligently to keep items stocked.

  • Address by Governor Larry Hogan Press Briefings on COVID-19
  • Current as of 3/26/2020

Here are the Facts: At this time, a number of our distillers from across the state are now, instead of producing alcohol, they're producing hundreds of bottles of hand sanitizer for the local communities such as city and county governments, health systems like Johns Hopkins and services like Meals on Wheels that need sanitization but cannot easily wash their hands.

  • Addressed by Governor Larry Hogan Press Briefings on COVID-19 (March 19 and March 25)
  • Current as of 3/26/2020

Here are the Facts: The CDC provides extensive guidance on how to create and wear effective cloth face coverings on their website. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health provides information on what you can do at home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please also refer to updates on the Governors Executive Orders for more information.

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Here are the Facts: Sanitizing every item is not a necessity. If you do decide to sanitize food items that you purchase, Rachel Graham, a virologist who studies coronaviruses at the University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health recommends that you use soap and water. Using a disinfectant on groceries could contaminate your food and lead to other illnesses. Be sure to wipe down any countertops or surfaces that groceries came in contact with.

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  • Virologist, Rachel Graham

Here are the Facts: At this time, no. Those seeking SNAP benefits will still be asked about their household income, to make sure they qualify. Maryland's Department of Human Services, which manages food stamps for the state, announced that due to the global pandemic, in April and May SNAP recipients will be eligible for the maximum benefit available for that household size. Information on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called the Food Supplement Program, can be found at: AND

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School/Education


Here are the Facts: Announced on May 6, 2020, state of Maryland Public schools are closed for the 2019-2020 academic year. There is no plan to repeat the 2019-2020 academic school year.

  • Addressed by Maryland State Department of Education

Here are the Facts: Currently, Maryland child-care providers are closed, except those serving essential personnel. Eligible programs can be found on the Maryland State Department of Education website, or through a free referral hotline called LOCATE: 877-261-0060.

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Here are the Facts: Maryland Together: Maryland's Recovery Plan for Education does not provide any estimated dates for the opening of school. The plan outlines a framework of considerations for local systems on the safe reopening of schools. Any school openings will be determined by the State Superintendent, in consultation with the Maryland State Board of Education and the Maryland Department of Health and in tandem with the Governor's Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery. Partial openings could occur as part of Stage II; full openings could occur as part of Stage III. There is currently no established timeline for these stages.

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Business / Employment


Here are the Facts: Per Governor Hogan's Executive Order, Maryland moved from a Stay At Home Order to Safer At Home Public Health Advisory. Essential businesses that have remained open through this time are allowed to continue to operate. Certain non-essential businesses such as restaurants, bars, fitness centers, theaters, and others should refer to the Governors Orders and Guidances below.

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Local Community


Here are the Facts: COVID-19 cases by zip code are now available at coronavirus.maryland.gov

Here are the Facts: Per Governor Hogan's Executive Order, Maryland moved from a Stay At Home Order to Safer At Home Public Health Advisory. Religious facilities are permitted to open only in counties that have proceeded with Stage One reopenings, provided, however, that the total number of persons permitted in a Religious Facility at any one time shall not exceed 50% of that Religious Facility’s Maximum Occupancy. Please refer to the Executive Order document released by The Governor's Office of Legal Counsel for more information.

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Travel


Here are the Facts: Per Governor Hogan's Executive Order, Maryland moved from a Stay At Home Order to Safer At Home Public Health Advisory.

At this time, individuals who begin displaying symptoms after traveling out of state for non-essential duties, are recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return to Maryland. Individuals who travel out of state to perform essential duties may consider self-quarantining, but are not required. Additional information can be found at Governor Hogan's Executive Order page.

Here are the Facts: Beginning May 7, 2020, Governor Hogan's Executive Order permitts certain outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, running, biking, or small group sports such as golfing, tennis, and similar activities. Other activities include outdoor fitness instruction, recreational hunting, fishing, boating and more.

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Here are the Facts: COVID-19 spreads through small droplets released from the nose or mouth of an infected person when they cough, spit, sneeze, talk or exhale. Transmission occurs when the droplets come into contact with the nose, eyes or mouth of a healthy person. It is not possible to contract COVID-19 through 5g wireless networks.

Here are the Facts: Individuals who are in need of emergency medical services should NOT hesitate to call 9-1-1.

Here are the Facts: Although some of the activities undertaken by the US Census Bureau have been adjusted or delayed, the self response to the 2020 Census continues. The Census can be completed online, by phone, or by mail. Click here to take the Census now.

Here are the Facts: Ocean City beaches and the boardwalk will reopen on Saturday, May 9, 2020. However, all of Governor Hogan's emergency orders including stay-at-home and social distancing requirements remain in place and in full effect.

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Here are the Facts: At this time, Governor Hogan has not issued safety enforcement guidelines specific to July 4, 2020. All official Executive Orders and interpretive guidance can be found at the link below.

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Here are the Facts: Many July 4th activities have been modified and/or canceled. Please be sure to call ahead or check the event's website for the latest updates. Social distancing, mask wearing, and other precautions outlined by the CDC are strongly encouraged if attending any activities. Additional guidelines can be found at Maryland's back to Business site below.

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Updated on June 17th, 2020 11:42AM