As the number of cases of the Corona Virus rises, it’s understandable if you’re wondering how likely it is that you or a loved one will become ill. And quite likely, you’re also wondering how to prevent this.
Where should one turn for the latest information on a rapidly changing situation?
It’s very hard to actually beat the convenience of the internet, and we know there’s a lot of useful and reliable information online.
But there’s also a lot of misinformation. The trick is to figure out which is genuine and which is fake.
With 136895 reported cases in 124 countries and 5077 deaths attributed to COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Most of the cases and all of the deaths have been in China.
These numbers are likely to rise in the coming days and weeks, because each infected person could potentially spread the infection.
The possibility that a person can spread the infection before he or she knows they’re sick is very high.
That’s why it’s particularly important to get reliable information about what is happening and what you can do to protect yourself.
Just as the number of people and countries affected by this new virus have spread, so have conspiracy theories and unfounded claims about it.
Social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok, have seen a number of false and misleading posts about the Corona Virus; such as:
-“Oregano Oil Proves Effective Against Coronavirus,” an unfounded claim
-a hoax stating that the US government had created and patented a vaccine for coronavirus years ago, shared with nearly 5,000 Facebook users
-a false claim that “coronavirus is a human-made virus in the laboratory”
-sales of unproven “nonmedical immune boosters” to help people ward off Corona Virus
-unfounded recommendations to prevent infection by taking vitamin C and avoiding spicy foods
-a video with useless advice about preventing COVID-19 by modifying your diet (for example, by avoiding cold drinks, milkshakes, or ice cream). This video, which demonstrates the removal of a parasitic worm from a person’s lip, is many years old and has nothing to do with COVID-19.
If you want reliable news about the COVID-19, it’s best to look for sites that
A. Rely on experts who use well-accepted scientific analyses and publish their results in reputable medical journals
C. Are not promoting or selling a product related to the information provided.
The bottom line is, it’s important to seek out reliable information and act on it. Be skeptical of implausible conspiracy theories or claims of “fake news” that dismiss recommendations from public health officials.
Get all your information from the World Health Organization website.
Stay safe, wash your hands regularly, get a face mask, avoid touching your face and eyes and get an alcohol based hand sanitizer.