CORONAVIRUS FAKE NEWS: FACT CHECKING COVID-19 PANDEMIC HOAXES AND MISINFORMATION ONLINE

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it takes at least six months for manufacturers to produce large quantities for the influenza vaccine. The outlet reports that biotech company, Moderna, has created a vaccine candidate at “record speed” with the recruitment for clinical trials starting in March 2020. One post says, “The Government have announced measures that all workplaces with 10 employees or more are to have paid mandatory leave to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus starting from March 6, 2020.” Fact: No. Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus, says WHO. COVID-19 needs its own vaccine which is still being researched

WHO Busts Coronavirus Myths

The World Health Organization has been battling misinformation itself, and below we have summarised some of the common myths that are circulating.

Myth: Cold weather and snow can kill the new coronavirus.

Fact: There is no evidence (so far) to suggest cold weather can kill the novel coronavirus or other diseases.

Myth: Warmer weather will kill off COVID-19 virus.

Fact: The coronavirus can be transmitted in all areas, including hot and humid climates, says WHO.

Myth: Taking a hot bath prevents COVID-19 virus.

Fact: Taking a hot bath will not prevent anyone from catching the COVID-19 virus as the normal body temperature remains around 36.5-37 degrees Celcius, regardless of the temperature of the bath or shower.

Myth: The new coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquito bites.

Fact: To date, there has been no information or evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes, according to WHO. COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.

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