Decoding false claims about COVID-19

The viral fake news on social media about COVID-19 or Coronavirus is spreading faster than the virus itself. As the world grappled with the Coronavirus outbreak, misinformation about how to respond to the virus is also spreading like a wildfire. This seriously undermines the global fight against the disease. A considerable amount of news we come across on social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter is misguiding and dangerous.

Businesses are facing hard times when it comes to keeping their profit growth intact because of the novel coronavirus. Governments from different countries have dispatched several health advisories to educate people on how to stay protected from this contagious disease. They are now using coronavirus flags and COVID-19 banners to draw the attention of the people and encourage them to take precautions, avoid public places, avoid public transportation, wear masks, hand-washing guidelines, etc.

COVID-19 banners and coronavirus flags have become a popular tool in the fight against coronavirus. While there is no cure available for coronavirus at this point (regardless of efforts made by WHO), precautions seem to be the best possible way to curb the spread of the disease. COVID-19 banners are playing a very crucial role in educating people on how to tackle the fear of coronavirus. There are COVID-19 banners you can see on streets, crossroads, malls, medical centers, hospitals, etc.

Here are some of the fake news about coronavirus:
• The military is on the streets
• False claims about a vaccine to cure coronavirus
• Some plausible, but useless Home remedies to cure coronavirus
• Masks can help prevent coronavirus spread
• Transmission by a mosquito bite
• Temperature rise can kill coronavirus
• A conspiracy brought to you by pharma companies
• Bioweapon rumors

What is coronavirus or COVID-19?
Covid-19 is a contagious disease that is caused by severe respiratory syndrome coronavirus. The disease is highly contagious and spread from person to person in several ways, including coughing, sneezing, visiting public places or any other location where the virus can easily enter your system. If you get in touch with an infected person, you are likely to catch the infection as well.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 is similar to many other viral diseases like flu, cold, etc. The incubation period for coronavirus is 1-14 days, which means, you might not be aware of your infection in the initial period unless you experience any of these signs. The common symptoms for COVID-19 are fever, chill, tiredness, dry coughing, and excess nasal drainage. The only good thing about coronavirus is that most of the victims of this infection recover from the disease without going through any special treatment. It rarely gets serious or life-threatening with the global death ratio below 2%.

Where you can find genuine information on coronavirus?
One of the best ways to find the latest updates on coronavirus is to visit the WHO official website.

The World Health Organization (WHO) does believe that the novel Coronavirus is a major threat to the global community and global economy and they are making every possible effort to find a suitable cure to curb the expansion of this virus on human lives. They also claim that it might take a few more months to produce a vaccine against the coronavirus. Many media sources claim that social media accounts that are being used to intentionally spread the fake news about the coronavirus are rapidly increasing in numbers. Therefore, the WHO urged people to avoid any sort of information displayed on social media. You can trust legitimate sources provided by Government and Health Advisory Committee. Even social media companies are stepping forward to remove fake news about coronavirus from various accounts. They are making every possible effort to encourage people to avoid using public transports or visiting crowded places. WHO has already declared the novel coronavirus, a Pandemic – a disease prevalent over a whole country or the world.

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