The U.S. is grappling with misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. Matthew McConaughey, Austin’s favorite Oscar winner, apparently has had enough of it, and on Thursday, he hosted a congenial Instagram Live Q&A with the man who best knows disease fact from viral fiction: Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The rumor mill got a talking to. People with type A blood are more likely to get COVID-19 than those with type O, Fauci said, but the difference is too small to worry about. And nah, Advil doesn’t make the disease worse: “It’s a bad enough virus to begin with,” Fauci said. Are budesonide or zinc remedies for the disease, as some claim? That’s a no from the doctor: “Many more things that work in the test tube but don’t work in the body,” he said, but there might be a placebo effect at play in some cases.