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Rumours Regarding Coronavirus

Written by Anaya Sharma, a grade 9 student.

Rumours have a very negative impact as this misinformation about ways to protect yourself or giving cures for the virus are not proven and are risking people’s lives and giving them a false sense of security

By I Kid You Not , in Coronavirus Opinion , at May 6, 2020 Tags: , , , , ,

Written by Anaya Sharma, a grade 9 student

As we lay cooped up at home because of the lock-down, we are bombarded by news regarding Coronavirus. Although this helps us in sharing updates and precautions on a large scale, a lot of them are rumours or fake news

These rumours have a very negative impact as this misinformation about ways to protect yourself or giving cures for the virus are not proven and are risking people’s lives and giving them a false sense of security

So here are some rumours and the actual facts:

Rumour:
The WHO states not eating cabbage will protect you from the virus as the vegetable was ensuring the maximum stay of the virus in the body

Fact:
WHO has issued no such statement. Keep eating your vegetables if you want to be healthy

Rumour:
The virus will not survive in the heat and you should take hot baths to protect yourself.

Fact:
There is no proof that the virus doesn’t survive the heat. Make sure you don’t burn yourself if you like taking hot baths

Rumour:
Pets can transmit the disease

Fact:
WHO has confirmed that there is no animal to human transmission

Rumour:
5G is spreading the virus as it “weakens the immune system” or its waves transmit the virus

Fact:
5G does not spread the virus and is only a faster version of data transfer

What are some things YOU can do?

  1. Don’t blindly believe anything on the internet or any forwards you receive. You can always confirm these facts by looking them up on websites which are known to give verified information.
  2. If your family member or friends have sent something you know is fake, gently tell them the facts.
  3. Don’t forward any messages until you know for sure that its true as that increases the spread of misinformation.
  4. In case you don’t know how to verify these rumours, the Indian government has launched a chatbot on WhatsApp to address user queries and quell rumours on the coronavirus pandemic. The WhatsApp chatbot, ‘MyGov Corona Helpdesk’, can be accessed by sending a text to +91 90131 51515.

Stay home, stay safe and don’t believe in rumours!

Written by Anaya Sharma, a grade 9 student

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