Mythbusters : Beating the myths on COVID-19

Mythbusters : Beating the myths on COVID-19

Mythbusters : Beating the myths on COVID-19

Written by Staff Writer

04 Apr, 2020 | 10:58 am

COLOMBO (News1st) : With rumours concerning the coronavirus circulating on social media, News1st attempted to shed light on the reality to apprise the public with the facts.

Dispelling some mythes on covid-19

Dispelling some mythes on covid-19

Posted by Newsfirst.lk on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Here are some of the rumors debunked in series of episodes produced by News1st titled ‘Mythbusters’.

  • RUMOUR – The country will be on lockdown for six days from April 10 – 15. As a result there will be no supply of food and people will not be allowed to step outside their homes
  • TRUTH – Dr. Seetha Arambepola, the spokesperson for the Task Force to combat COVID – 19 rejected such rumours.
  • RUMOUR – Spraying turmeric water and hanging neem leaves at homes can protect a person from contracting COVID – 19
  • TRUTH – There is no official evidence to that effect
  • RUMOUR – The spread of coronavirus can be curbed under hot temperatures
  • TRUTH –  The virus has been spreading in certain areas with high temperatures in Australia. There is no scientific evidence for this
  • RUMOUR – Russian President Valdimir Putin had released 800 lions onto the streets to prevent people from leaving their homes
  • TRUTH – The pictures circulating to this effect was a snapshot from a film that was shot in South Africa in 2016.
  • RUMOUR – A cure has been found for COVID – 19
  • TRUTH – The pictures on social media which seem like a box of capsules carrying the name Corona, is a testing kit for the Coronavirus.
  • RUMOUR – Clapping together can destroy the COVID – 19 infection
  • TRUTH – Scientists have said that the virus cannot be eliminated by clapping.
  • RUMOUR – The Italian President is crying at the sight of the deaths taking place in the country.
  • TRUTH – The picture circulating with such claims shows Brazilian President Jair Bolsanaro. It was captured during a media briefing on December last year when referring to an incident that had taken place in 2018.
  • RUMOUR – 59 people have died after consuming Dettol provided by a Father in a church
  • TRUTH – That was in 2014 when they had consumed Dettol as an anti-septic. No one had died as a result of that. The Father too had been arrested.
  • RUMOUR – History is repeating itself once in every century. It is claimed that the plague had taken place in 1720, Cholera in 1820, Spanish Flu in 1920 and Coronavirus in 2020.
  • TRUTH – The Plague had taken place in 1347, the Cholera in 1817, and Spanish Flu in 1918.
  • RUMOUR – A new disease has been identified by the name of Hantavirus, and that one person has died.
  • TRUTH – Hantavrius is transmitted from a rat to a human, and not from person to person.
  • RUMOUR – People flown from Italy to Ethiopia were shot as they had started running after getting off an aircraft
  • TRUTH – The visuals circulating in this regard are from a hostage rescue exercise in 2019.
  • RUMOUR – UNESCO attacks India on Twitter
  • TRUTH -UNESCO denies posting a tweet to that effect.
  • RUMOUR – Doctors and patients stand outside as hospitals are crowded
  • TRUTH – The picture circulating to this effect was following an earthquake in Croatia when the medical staff and patients had temporarily vacated the building.
  • RUMOUR – Hydroxy Chloroquine and Azithromycine medicines can be used to prevent ourselves from COVID – 19.
  • TRUTH –  Health authorities have not approved this medicine. This medicine is given to affected patients under the advice of physicians under prescription. A 4-year old boy who had consumed the medicine has experienced reverse effects.
  • RUMOUR – Alternative medicines such as garlic can be used to prevent ourselves from being affected by the Coronavirus
  • TRUTH – Such items will enhance the immune system but it will not cure Coronavirus.
  • RUMOUR – A video believed to have originated from the University of Queensland in Australia stating that consuming bananas will help us to avoid being affected by the virus
  • TRUTH – The University of Queensland has denied any relationship between bananas and coronavirus. This video had been created by merging two separate videos from ABC Australia and Wall Street Journal.
  • RUMOUR – A video showing that people in Italy are fainting in the streets.
  • TRUTH – The video depicts an artwork in Frankfurt, Germany on March 24, 2014 to demonstrate some features of a Nazi Camp.
  • RUMOUR – The late Dr. Li Wenliang, who identified the coronavirus, has prescribed tea as a cure for the virus and that China has been using tea to cure its people.
  • TRUTH – Medical experts have pointed out that it is false.
  • RUMOUR – Video showing many people, believed to have died of COVID-19, were being dumped into a pit.
  • TRUTH – The visuals were from a mini-series named Pandemic released in 2007.
  • RUMOUR – A person who can hold his breath for 10 seconds has not been affected by the coronavirus.
  • TRUTH – Medical experts have said it is false.
  • RUMOUR – The sun is releasing a new wave or new virus.
  • TRUTH – Scientists have confirmed that the sun does not emit a new wave.
  • RUMOUR – The virus can be killed by 12 noon.
  • TRUTH – The virus can remain in the environment from 3 to 9 days based on the area.
  • RUMOUR – Drinking more alcohol and smoking excessively will prevent a person from being affected by the virus.
  • TRUTH – Both these groups of people have more chances of being affected by the virus.
  • RUMOUR – Those with the A+ blood group will not be affected by the virus.
  • TRUTH – That has not been proven yet.
  • RUMOUR – There is no place to keep coffins in Italy.
  • TRUTH – A picture circulating to this effect was captured in 2014 and shows the coffins of those who had drowned from a ship.
  • RUMOUR – A vaccine for the coronavirus has been discovered after testing it on 20 people at a hospital in Denmark.
  • TRUTH – Testing is being carried out on humans in 200 more areas. The vaccine has not been identified yet and it is a long process.

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