Debunking COVID19 fake news.

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    Hi fellow Forumites, we have a great tracking system to keep track and verify potential fake news regarding COVID19 circulating on Social media and Whatsapp.

    I'll share a few below as examples. If you receive something and you are unsure, upload it here and I can forward it to our cluster for verification.

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    @Dela Rey Steyn,

    Is there any way in which an indivual can identify fake news? I've been "busted" on FB for sharing fake news. It was something to do with Corona Virus which I shared and I received an email stating that it's fake news. I'm terrified that I'm going to be arrested!

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    How rude and self-centered of me not to even thank you for your offer of debunking news! That's very kind of you indeed!
     
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    My apologies for the late reply @Hooked .

    First steps you can always take is to do some research before you re-share, Google is your friend. Check in the obvious places first, WHO's website, your local government websites etc. If you are still uncertain, upload it here on this thread for me to forward to our Cluster leader. They have an excellent team that verifies and researches viral posts. Hope this helps.
     
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    Oh. My. Vape. How could the original author of the post even do something like this? Clearly someone with a sick (as in the real meaning of the word) sense of humour.
     
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    Personally I have gotten to the point where I don't believe anything shared on facebook or whatsapp. If its not from the WHO, NICD or backed with official links to a government site I brush it off.
     
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    How about this one?

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    Nvm. The UK is crazy for doing this

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    Here's another one on the Italy deaths supposedly due to Covid19.
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    I'll forward them on @blujeenz , will update you as soon as i have an answer
     
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    @mad_hatter , it’s seems shocking and against everything we have been seeing/ been told up to now, but they have now freed up a major number of beds to allow for the treatment of those infected in all hospitals with contamination control measures instead of just selected ones with limited capacity. If managed correctly, this may make a huge difference, and I may be wrong as I’m no medical guru. They have good medical infrastructure so it may be possible for them to do this, will it work here, I’m don’t think so, our infrastructure is just not up to scratch imho.
     
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    These test were done by an Independent Italian Institute:
    https://www.epicentro.iss.it/chi-siamo/chi_siamo

    It is their findings and have not been confirmed by any other source.

    Original Study ( It's in Italian, but you can translate it easily using google translate):
    https://www.epicentro.iss.it/coronavirus/bollettino/Report-COVID-2019_17_marzo-v2.pdf

    So essentially it is not "False"but it has not been verified by any other institution.
     
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    Yes, this seems to have been done, not to take away from the seriousness of the disease itself, but rather to allow protocol to accommodate a growing number of patients outside of specialized facilities too lighten the load on the overall Healthcare system.
     
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    Pets and hand sanitiser- News24

    A Facebook post claiming that hand sanitiser is harmful to pets is equally fake. "Please do not pet your dog or any pet after using hand sanitiser. It contains ethanol glycol that’s also found in anti-freeze that’s toxic to them! (sic)" the post claims.

    Africa Check has dismissed this.

    "Hand sanitiser does not contain ethylene glycol. Most sanitisers contain a form of alcohol, such as ethyl alcohol, as a form of antiseptic, says the US Food and Drug Administration. Britannica explains that ethyl alcohol, known mainly as ethanol, is well known as the ingredient of many alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, and distilled spirits.

    "Ingesting large quantities of hand sanitiser could have an effect on pets, but a lick of hand sanitiser won’t hurt a child or anyone else," Africa Check writes on its website.

    Africa Check also debunked a social media post that states the new coronavirus can be cured by gargling salt or vinegar water. The post says that before the coronavirus reaches the lungs, it remains in the throat for four days. At this stage, the virus can be "eliminated" by gargling with warm water and salt or vinegar.
     
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    Numbers fall in line with this study:
    https://www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-9712(19)30328-5/fulltext

    and full pdf:
     

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    It’s just true @Room Fogger. Claiming that Covid19 patients will be managed in dedicated “specialized” facilities in ANY country is plain foolish. The numbers are way too high. This pandemic will stop when roughly 50 to 70% of the population of the affected countries and at this stage we can comfortably say the World population has been infected and herd immunity is acquired.
    I can confidently say that every single healthcare facility public and private, from the biggest to the smallest will deal with this epidemic whether willingly or unwillingly, whether knowingly or unknowingly.
    It is better that we have all healthcare professionals prepared for it.
     
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    The author of the post about gargling with salt or vinegar water should be charged with attempted murder, because that's what it is!!
     
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    There’s nothing wrong in gargling with salt water. It’s a good antiseptic solution... it is commonly used to clean wounds but can also be used to clean the mouth and throat if you don’t have a proper mouth wash solution.
     
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    A Saline solution (Saltwater) has great antimicrobial properties, but it will do nothing to prevent or cure Covid-19
     
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    True. Unless you're going to gargle every 15 minutes :p
     
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