Since the COVID-19 epidemic gained public attention, the spread of false and false claims has increased sharply. Social media, an important tool for keeping users informed about the virus, has also seen an increase in the flow of unverified messages which has added misfortune and chaos to an already stressful situation. A barrage of half-baked advice, sketchy cures and flawed theories has circulated as anxious people rush to understand the health risk. Where experts have yet to learn more about the virus, as well as the new strain, with the vaccination campaign underway, the fake social media posts couldn’t stop. Some of them, in fact, returned from 2020. In our latest round of COVID-19 fact checks, we take a look at five fake messages that have resurfaced online.
1. Medicine and treatment of coronavirus mentioned in class book 12 “Jantu Vigyan”
False information: A post that was widely shared last year resurfaces again, claiming that the drug and treatment to cure COVID-19 was found in Class 12 ‘Jantu Vigyan’ (Animal Science) book written by Dr Ramesh Gupta. The post goes on to state that COVID-19 is not a new disease, and it has already been mentioned in the intermediate book.
Demystified: The latest fact-checking team last year in March debunked the false claim. At the time, no vaccine or drug was found to treat the coronavirus. Currently, the vaccination campaign is underway.
2. The coronavirus is a bacteria
False information: The message claimed that the coronavirus is a bacterium and not a virus, and it could be treated with aspirin. He added that COVID-19 is a bacterium amplified with 5G electromagnetic radiation.
Demystified: The Press Information Bureau (PIB) fact-checking team denied such a claim and called it a hoax last year. He added that the coronavirus is a virus.
3. WHO doctors advise against social distancing and the use of masks
False information: The viral post claimed that World Health Organization (WHO) doctors urged people not to maintain social distancing and wear masks because COVID-19 is the flu and can be cured with treatment.
Demystified: PIB dismissed the rumor and noted that the allegations were completely false. Precautions such as wearing masks and social distancing should be followed by everyone to stay safe.
4. COVID-19 is a “scapegoat virus” to distract everyone from the asteroid crash
False information: The Facebook post mentions that COVID-19 is a scapegoat virus created to distract people from an approaching doomsday due to an asteroid collision.
Demystified: So far you must have understood that the virus was definitely created or used as a distraction. The misrepresentation circulated last year, and it was debunked by the snopes hoax site which addressed this specific theory with detailed points.
5. ‘My Secret Terrius’ Predicted COVID-19 in 2018
False information: “ My Secret Terrius ” (2018) has an episode which claims that the coronavirus is of human origin. The clip has been shared Netizens claiming that the South Korean series predicted the coronavirus outbreak before it was identified.
Demystified: LatestLY’s fact-checking team debunked the “ coronavirus details ” apparent in the episode, stating that it holds no truth and should not be granted as it is a pure work of fiction.
These are the few misrepresentations that have unfortunately resurfaced in the social media world amid the global crisis. We advise our readers not to fall prey to unverified claims and to follow official media and social media handles to stay on top of the COVID-19 pandemic.
(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on April 24, 2021 at 12:03 p.m. IST. For more information and updates on Politics, World, Sports, Entertainment, and Lifestyle , connect to our website latestly.com).