Fake news-One among the many hurdles in the fight against Coronavirus

Combat against Coronavirus has many hurdles including the stretched health system, lack of safety gears for doctors, inadequate infrastructure to handle a lockdown situation. Besides handling these, there comes 'Fake news'.

by Roselet Sheena Merli

Updated: Apr 17, 2020 17:19 IST

Tags: World Corona
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It's not just India that's falling prey to Fake News on Coronavirus

Fake news and misinformation have been aplenty to deal with the destruction and devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. One such 'Fake news' is the misinformation that spread wildly around the congregation of the Tablighi Jamaat that was linked to multiple positive cases in the country.

Psychology says people are even more susceptible to fake news during the time of crisis. They are more likely to believe any information that comes their way, without properly verifying it.

Forwarded messages of WhatsApp has become the prime source to spread fake news in India. Unverified home remedies to tackle the virus, fake advisories asking people to avoid foods such as ice cream and chicken and many conspiracy theories have spread among the Indians during the pandemic.
Other fake news to be mentioned are:
"The novel coronavirus was "manufactured" in Chinese labs. COVID-19 is being used as a biological weapon by China."
"Ronaldo converted his hotels into coronavirus hospitals."
"COVID-19 can be fought with garlic."

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Recently, a 'news' post that stated "5G technology can transmit the virus" went viral on WhatsApp, Facebook, and many other social media platforms. The message has been circulated since January. The bitter truth about this particular fake news that people actually believed it and there were reports of people damaging 5G towers as well.


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