Social media has played an important role in sensitizing people about the coronavirus. Unfortunately, it has also been a hub where people share unverified information and myths.
Most governments across the world have had a difficult time taming the false information that is being shared widely to its citizens. With Kenya being the latest country to have a confirmed case, it is important that the citizens get the right information so as to reduce panic.
Breakingnews.co.ke has gathered a few myths that have been spreading across social media platforms and verify if they are true.
Was the Coronavirus created by man?
There have been several theories doing rounds on social media that the virus had been created inside a lab. One version suggests that one Chinese lab had been secretly working on a bioweapon that got leaked.
Another version suggested that the virus originated in the United States and that many Americans thought to have died of the flu actually succumbed to COVID-19.
The only problem with these theories is that they cannot be verified by an authoritative source. Scientists, themselves, are still trying to figure out the exact source of the virus.
As long as these theories don’t have actual proof, people are advised not to believe whatever is shared on social media. Get your facts from verified sources.
Does Toilet paper help with the Coronavirus?
No, it does not. Kenyans, however, have been flooding supermarkets to buy the remaining stock of toilet paper. The irony of this act is that toilet paper does not offer special protection against the virus and is not considered one of the emergency supplies to get during an emergency.
Reasons for impulse purchases are mainly tied to psychological reasons such as having a need to prepare for an inevitable crisis. It is also blamed on authorities responsible for conveying information to the public for not delivering in a timely manner. This causes people to take action based on what they see from other people.
Breakingnews.co.ke advises Kenyans not to panic over toilet paper. Whether you buy it in bulk or not, your probability of infection remains the same.
Black people don’t get coronavirus
This myth has already been put to rest after the Ministry of Health confirmed that a Kenyan got infected. Despite social media rumours suggesting black people are immune thanks to the melanin on their skin, the coronavirus does not discriminate.
Wearing Masks Protects You From Infections
Doctors advise that you should not wear a mask if you are not infected. Wearing one could actually increase the risk of infection if you do not wear it properly.
The masks are actually recommended to those who suspect that they have the coronavirus and do not want to infect other people. Guidance of using the masks, however, is dependent on the regions. Asian authorities have urged people to wear surgical masks, especially on public transportation.
We urge you to follow guidance from the government on the use of masks.
People who get the coronavirus will die
You will be surprised to find out that the mortality rate of the coronavirus is only at 3% globally. Over 70,000 out of the 127,000 infected have recovered within two weeks of being tested positive.
Most of the deaths have been from the older demographic of 60 years and above and from those with existing medical conditions.
Breakingnews.co.ke once again urges the public to be responsible with the information they share on social media platforms. Verify your sources before sharing and avoid creating more panic.
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