Anthony Fauci gives Matthew McConaughey true directives in coronavirus chat


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.

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