AUGUSTA – Thursday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced that to date, Maine has seen a total of 376 cases of the coronavirus.
The CDC also wants people to be aware of where they can find the right information on this pandemic.
With cases rising every day and physical separations from others expanding, the state CDC director says Mainers could be feeling a sense of fear or anxiety when seeing an abundance of information about COVID-19.
The Maine CDC wants to make sure the public has factual information.
Dr. Nirav Shah says “mistruths can spread far faster than the virus itself.”
“What I am asking everyone to do is to exercise caution, and maybe even some healthy skepticism, when reading information, even from the best-intentioned folks, and specifically I’m asking everyone to help their friends and family members separate fact from fiction hers,” said Shah.
Shah added the best way to inform yourself is to consult trusted sources of information, like the webpages for the Maine CDC or United States CDC, as well as the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
“We are in a world right now where folks are seeking answers. My colleagues and I in the scientific community are seeking answers as well, but those answers may not be as immediately available as we want them to be,” Shah said.
“Where we are in this outbreak is such that there is no pill, there is no shot, there is no vaccine, and as a result the best vaccine that we have available to us is physical distancing right now,” Shah added.