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FEMA site combats COVID-19 rumor mill

FEMA wants to help people distinguish between coronavirus myths and facts.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched a website to combat the spread of false claims circulating about COVID-19, the disease associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

The Coronavirus Rumor Control site highlights myths about the virus and counters them with facts.

One myth, according to the site: It’s necessary for people who are sheltering in place to stockpile several weeks’ worth of groceries — a belief that has led to panic buying at supermarkets.

In fact, buying enough food for a week at a time is adequate, the site reports.

Coronavirus Rumor Control also includes links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, where users can get the latest information on the pandemic; a Frequently Asked Questions page; and links to other FEMA pages.

The Postal Service also offers COVID-19 Blue and LiteBlue pages with resources to help educate employees about the pandemic.

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