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False news spreads faster than COVID!

While on one hand the virus outbreak sent shock waves worldwide, on the other fake news about the virus spread like wild-fire. The Millennial-Hub speaks to medical experts to break some of these myths! Read along!

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Some of the common Fake News are as follows!

Dr. Srinath, a senior surgeon throws some light on few of the common myths, he says, “Drinking alcohol, can prevent Covid-19 is a notion I hear often. This isn’t true! It can in fact cause more harm to your system. As in the case of one of my patients, who is currently suffering from pancreatitis after over consuming alcohol, falsely assuming that this might prevent him from contracting the virus.”

In conversation with Dr. Sridath, he says, “There are false claims that Infrared thermometers (which are held near the forehead to scan body temperature without direct contact) points an infrared light directly at the brain’s pineal gland, exposing it to harmful radiation. The fact is, Infrared thermometers don’t emit radiation into the brain; They only sense heat emitted from the body. They pose no risk to the pineal gland, which is located deep within the brain”

According to Dr. Sridath, “A video makes numerous falsely claims about preventing the coronavirus, stating that hydroxychloroquine can prevent and cure COVID-19, and wearing masks and keeping people locked down have no value. Another myth states that eating vegetarian food and eliminating meat from your diet could prevent you from contracting the virus. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kills the new coronavirus. COVID‐19 virus cannot be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates 5G caused the pandemic. Mosquito bites can transmit the virus. All these are myths and I urge everyone to not fall prey for such vicious misinformation.”

How to differentiate between Fake News and facts?

Dr. Prakash Vemgal a pediatrist opines, “To differentiate between such malicious news, it is best to consult your doctor. Trust article released by medical websites for common people.”

  • Visit WHO website and national health bulletin web sites.
  • Check the author and authenticate the news.
  • Consider the source of the news.
  • See who else is reporting the story and don’t take images at face value.
  • Report misinformation to WHO if you come across any.

Written by Shashi prabha V

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