What You Need to Know-Week of September 19th

The most important weekly updates for you to keep your community healthy




In this Update:

1. COVID-19 Metrics

2. Long COVID Disability Benefits

3. How to recognize and combat misinformation




1. Urgent Updates: COVID-19 Metrics


In the past week, there has been an average of:
Cases per day874
Deaths per day12
Compared to two weeks ago:
Cases per dayDecreased by 29% ↘
Deaths per day Increased by 22% 
Hospitalizations per day Decreased by 23% ↘

For a breakdown of vaccination by Arizona counties, visit the CDC’s website.

For updated vaccine information and data in Arizona, visit this link and click on the “Vaccine Administration” icon.



2. Debunking Unproven COVID-19 Remedies

During the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, an increase in bulk buying led to many individuals lacking access to preventative materials, such as masks, soap, hand sanitizer, and more. Without these valuable resources, and with an increase of disinformation, some individuals made or used unproven remedies to “cure” or “prevent” the onset of a COVID-19 infection. Fortunately two years later, there are fewer supply chain disruptions; however, some misinformation regarding homemade solutions still persist today. 

Hand sanitizer: Homemade hand sanitizer was one of the most common at-home “remedies” used during the pandemic. Most homemade hand sanitizers are made incorrectly, making them ineffective against pathogens, and even highly dangerous (e.g., having the potential to cause chemical burns). Hence, the  FDA has recommended that individuals not attempt to make hand sanitizer at home. If access to hand sanitizer is limited, it’s recommended to wash hands thoroughly using an antibacterial or regular soap. Using soap can be more effective in eliminating and killing germs when compared to hand sanitizer. 

Medications and treatments: Another “remedy” that became popularized on social media in 2021 was Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic medication. Ivermectin is not only highly ineffective at preventing or curing COVID-19 infections and symptoms, but taking the medication can be life-threatening if misused and without a healthcare provider’s supervision. 

Other common “remedies” include eating or ingesting various foods, such as garlic, lemon, hot peppers, and other herbs and spices, which will not cure or prevent COVID-19. 

The FDA has authorized certain antiviral medications to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 infections, including Paxlovid, Veklury, Bebtelovimab, and Legevrio. These medications must be prescribed by a healthcare professional. The CDC also states that individuals can treat mild COVID-19 symptoms at home using over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), to help you feel better. If you have any questions regarding treatments or symptom alleviation for COVID-19, be sure to contact your healthcare provider.
Be sure to thoroughly research  health “remedies” shared with you to ensure that you make healthy and responsible decisions. To find more information on how to ensure you’re reading credible information, read about how to recognize and disseminate misinformation!


3. How to recognize and combat misinformation

Having the ability to discern what is false, inaccurate, or misleading information, is essential for ensuring healthy individuals and communities. Throughout the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals turned to online sources to learn more about the spread of the novel virus, causing misinformation to spread. Finding credible information in the age of technology is essential in creating healthy habits for you and your communities! 

Misinformation is often posted on the internet and is shared through text messages and emails. To reduce the spread of misinformation, evaluate information found online using the SIFT Method

  • Stop
    • Evaluate the website you’re using. Consider your purpose for being on this website and check for any suspicious activity on the website. 
  • Investigate the source
    • Looking up the source on a search engine can help gauge if the website is credible or if there are any red flags. 
  • Find trusted coverage
    • Compare multiple sources about a topic to understand the consensus or views on the subject. Remember that an expert in one field might not be an expert in another discipline; checking an expert’s credentials can help evaluate an online source’s credibility.
  • Trace to the original
    • Find where the original information was initially published. Is the data used out of context? If so, the source is spreading misinformation and should not be used.




If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to COVID-19 in Arizona, please complete next week’s AZCOVIDTXT survey that you will receive via text in about a week.

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