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Posted on: March 2, 2020

Coronavirus Myths vs. Facts

By: Supriya Mannepalli, MD, CIC, MBA

Medical Director of NGPG Infectious Disease




GAINESVILLE, Ga. – There has been an overwhelming number of reports on social media, the news and television about Coronavirus (COVID-19). Here are some of the currently known details and the most common misconceptions regarding the new disease.

Coronavirus Myths vs. Facts

We will learn more about COVID-19 in the coming weeks and months. Always try to get updated information regarding COVID-19 from reliable sources like local public health authorities, CDC and WHO.

In the meantime, it is important to stay home if you’re sick, consult a healthcare practitioner if you have flu-like symptoms and return to work only after your symptoms have improved and the fever has resolved. We can each do our part to prevent the spread of illness by practicing good hand hygiene, cough etiquette and disinfecting surfaces. And, we should all remember to show compassion and empathy to each other.

For more information about Northeast Georgia Health System, visit, and for the most current information about COVID-19, visit or



Dr. Supriya Mannepalli is the medical director of Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Infectious Disease and Chair of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Infection Prevention and Control Committee. She is board-certified and specializes in treating infections from different bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi.  Dr. Mannepalli works closely with the NGHS Infection Prevention and Control team and encourages antibiotic stewardship.


Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a non-profit on a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do. Our team cares for more than 1 million people across the region through four hospitals and a variety of outpatient locations. Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has campuses in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder, and Dahlonega – with a total of more than 700 beds and more than 1,100 medical staff members representing more than 50 specialties. Learn more at

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