As the novel coronavirus is spreading, so is misinformation around it. The spread of Coronavirus from China and the lack of early details about how did it originate, where it comes from or how to treat it, has provided ample room for speculations and misinformation. Social media is deluged with myths and misinformation about novel coronavirus. Here are some of the posts we’ve debunked:
A post doing rounds on social media claims that a simple ‘self-check test’ can determine whether you have coronavirus. The viral post claims that if you take a deep breath and you are able to hold it for more than 10 seconds successfully without discomfort, stuffiness or tightness, then there is no fibrosis in your lungs indicating you don’t have coronavirus infection. Vishvas News investigated and found that the viral post is fake. Read the complete fact check here.
A viral post on social media claims that the juice of bitter guard can effectively treat novel coronavirus in 2 hours. The post also mentions the name of the Health Department of Bihar purporting the information to be released by them. Vishvas News investigated and found that the viral claim is false. Medical experts have refuted the claim by saying that there is no evidence supporting the viral claim. Read the complete fact check here.
A post getting viral on social media claims that turmeric and lemon help fight against coronavirus. Vishvas News investigated and found that the viral post is false. There is no evidence that turmeric and lemon fight against coronavirus, as per experts. Read the complete fact check here.
A post shared on social media claims that consuming large doses of Vitamin C can slow down or stop the spread of coronavirus. Vishvas News investigated and found that the viral post is fake. Currently, there is no vaccine to treat novel coronavirus and there is no evidence that high doses of Vitamin C can stop the treatment. Read the complete fact check here.
A viral post on social media claims that coronavirus remains in the throat for four days before it reaches the lungs. It further states that if the infected person drinks a lot of water and gargles with warm water & salt or vinegar it eliminates the virus. Vishvas News investigated and found reports that refuted the viral claim. As per health experts, you can soothe a sore throat by gargling with warm water, but it isn’t a cure of coronavirus. Read the complete fact check here.
A viral post on social media claims that coronavirus dies at a temperature above 26 – 27 degrees Celcius. It further states that drinking hot water and sun exposure will do the trick. Staying away from icecream and cold drink is also advised in the viral post. The message in the viral post mentions UNICEF as its source of information. Vishvas News investigated and found that the viral message is fake. Read the complete fact check here.
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Conclusion: There have been myths and misinformation across social media around coronavirus. Vishvas News has debunked fake news around the COVID 19 pandemic. More information on Coronavirus-related fact check can be checked on Vishvas News Health Fact Check page.
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