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Coronavirus, fake news and hoaxes: what you shouldn't believe

marzo 26, 2020

Coronavirus fake news goes crazy, here various examples of misinformation that are going around the web d, A list of the most popular fake news to avoid

Fake news about the coronavirus is spreading, along with the contagion the misinformation concerning it spreads: the hoaxes. Covid-19 is now part of the everyday life of all Italians and among the various tips to follow during this period (in addition to the important medical and governmental suggestions to stay at home and wash your hands often) we must add the exhortation not to get caught by the panic.

A difficult task in an emergency like that of the coronavirus during which they are not missing fake news and hoaxes. In this article we tried to clarify the most common theories conspiracy and false news that do nothing but worsen an already nefarious period.

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Numerous weeks have been circulating on Whatsapp for a few weeks audio messages and of text where we talk about behaviors to follow and what to do in case of meeting with the police. In this case, it is always better to rely only on official sources, such as the page of the Ministry of Health or that of the World Health Organization and use the appropriate forms. Among the most heard fake news are those of drinking lots of water, eating garlic and taking vitamin C; that children cannot contract it and that the heat annihilates the virus: all hitherto denied as reported by an article of the CNN. In addition, recent news that a drug called Abidol and essential oils can help against the infection is to be understood as false. On ibuprofen, however, the BBC reports that there is currently no clear evidence that ibuprofen can worsen coronavirus (Covid-19) … until we have more information, take acetaminophen to treat the symptoms of coronavirus, unless the doctor did not say that paracetamol is not suitable for the patient.

Buffalo coronavirus origin and truth

There are also many rumors about the origin of the virus. To deny that according to which it was created in a laboratory by Chinese scientists. A state institute of virology exists in Wuhan, but it has been ascertained that the coronavirus comes from an animal, perhaps a bat or a pangolin, but there is no certainty about this. In the US, fake news that the disease cannot affect African Americans has been denied, as have invitations to stock up on food and objects in view of the quarantine: we should not expect a decrease in products similar to what is happening in Europe. Warnings that it is possible to catch the virus from products made in China or from Chinese restaurant food are to be considered false: scientists currently believe that coronavirus does not survive for long periods on surfaces, even if its duration is still being studied. A package from China in transit for several days or weeks before being delivered, therefore unlikely to transport the virus, according to the John Hopkins Medicine association. The best way to protect yourself from frequent hand washing, together with avoiding crowds.

Social network debunk

Facebook e Twitter they are rapidly taking away fake news from their sites, a significant effort that demonstrates the gravity of the situation. The app stores only accept applications on coronavirus made by recognized companies and official sources. WHO has decided to create a channel on the popular social network TikTok to keep young people and teenagers up to date, not exempt from the risk of infection. Former Microsoft boss Bill Gates spoke about his donations and vaccine studies at an event on the Reddit website. Gates said his foundation is working on a coronavirus vaccine and that he hopes it will arrive before the expected eighteen months. He also suggested working from home whenever possible, washing hands frequently and continuing with a distance of at least one meter between people. Simple and valuable tips to follow dogmatically.