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Quick Fact Check: Fake message falsely attributed to UNICEF claiming 26-27 degrees temperature kill coronavirus resurfaces

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: June 25, 2020

New Delhi, (Vishvas News): A post has resurfaced on social media claiming that coronavirus dies at a temperature above 26 – 27 degrees Celcius. The post further claims that drinking hot water and sun exposure will do the trick. The post in attributed to UNICEF. Vishvas News investigated earlier and found that the viral message is fake.

Claim

A post that has resurfaced on social media reads: Coronavirus Information Source: UNICEF. IF THE VIRUS IS EXPOSED TO A TEMPERATURE OF 26 – 27 DEGREES CELCIUS IT WILL BE KILLED, AS IT DOES NOT LIVE IN HOT REGIONS. ALSO DRINKING HOT WATER AND SUN EXPOSURE WILL DO THE TRICK AND STAYING AWAY FROM ICE CREAM AND COLD FOOD IS ADVISED. The archived link of the post can be checked here.

Investigation

Vishvas News contacted Dr. Kanupriya Singhal, Health Specialist, UNICEF and discussed whether the social media post is attributed to UNICEF. She said: “UNICEF didn’t send out such a message. This is a fake message falsely attributed to UNICEF.”

Speaking on the viral claim, she quoted: “The sensitivity of this virus to temperature is not known as yet. It is important to rely on only trusted sources of information like the official website of Health ministry, WHO website or UNICEF websites. Fake posts and misinformation should not be shared on social media without verifications.”

As per the CDC reportIt is not yet known whether weather and temperature impact the spread of COVID-19. Some other viruses, like the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months but that does not mean it is impossible to become sick with these viruses during other months.  At this time, it is not known whether the spread of COVID-19 will decrease when weather becomes warmer.  There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.”

The complete fact check of the claims can be read here.

The post is shared on Facebook by a user named SurigaoCity Pulis. We scanned the profile of the user and found that the user is based out of 4979 followers.

Conclusion

The post claiming 26-27 degrees temperature kill coronavirus is falsely attributed to UNICEF.

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  • Claim Review : 26-27 degrees temperature kill coronavirus: UNICEF
  • Claimed By : FB User: SurigaoCity Pulis
  • Fact Check : False
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