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. 

Maryland COVID-19 Contact Tracers will NEVER ask for personal information such as your social security number, or credit card information. If you are asked for any of this information, you are more than likely the target of scammers. There have been reports that the scammers are requesting a credit card number in order to pay to have a COVID-19 test shipped to your home. COVID-19 Contact Tracers are NOT shipping COVID-19 tests and will NEVER request payment of any kind from you.
Phase 1 Status Fake Meme

RUMOR: WBAL is reporting that Maryland will return to Phase 1 on November 12th, 2020.

Here Are The Facts: This graphic is a FAKE. On 11/10/2020, Governor Hogan announced the following updates: Indoor operations for bars and restaurants will be reduced from 75% to 50%. Health officials have issued a public health advisory against indoor gatherings of 25 people or more. Marylanders are strongly advised against nonessential travel, particularly to states with elevated positivity and case rates. The Maryland Department of Health has been directed to activate the next level of hospital surge planning.

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 9/28, mandating face masks or cloth face coverings be worn in all retail spaces, public transportation, and all public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

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Here are the Facts: Per Governor Hogan's Executive Order and subject to applicable Local Orders, applicable Secretary’s Directives and paragraph III.d.ii of the Executive Order, barbershops and beauty salons ("Personal Service Establishments") are open to the general public.

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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). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes.

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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: 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.

  • Addressed by Governor Larry Hogan Press Briefings on COVID-19
  • Current as of 10/16/2020

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: Early in September, the Governor announced that Maryland had entered the initial phase of Stage 3, and the week prior, as a result of improved COVID-19 health metrics, we announced that every local school system in Maryland is authorized to begin reopening for in-person learning.

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Here are the Facts: As of 10/1/2020, child care providers are able to return to the full teacher to child ratios and capacities for which they are licensed. Child care providers must continue to adhere to federal and state guidance on health and safety protocols, as they have successfully done to this point.

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  • Addressed by: Dr. Karen Salmon, Ph.D., Maryland State Superintendent of Schools - Current as of 10/1/2020
  • Department of Education

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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: Subject to applicable Local Orders and Secretary’s Directives, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and other similar religious facilities of any faith in Maryland (“Religious Facilities”) may open to the general public, provided, however, that the total number of persons permitted in a Religious Facility at any one time shall not exceed 75% of that Religious Facility’s Maximum Occupancy.

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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: The 2020 census was conducted and has concluded as of 10/15/2020.

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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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Updated on November 12th, 2020 04:18PM