WHO’s Myth Buster Site

There are all sorts of myths about Covid 19, many spread by people who should know better. The World Health Organization (WHO) has a myth buster site at    https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters?

From the Washington Post today, 

“Unfortunately, various strains of misinformation have been spreading in tandem with the coronavirus. Silver has been peddled as a cure-all for years, and lately by televangelist Jim Bakker as a coronavirus antidote. Other bogus covid-19 treatments include garlic soup, zinc, drinking bleach, dousing yourself in alcohol and blasting a hairdryer into your nostrils.

Here is an easy, if somewhat dispiriting, way to keep track of which cures are fake: all of them. 

“Anything you read about curing the virus will be false,” The Post wrote in a recent article. “There is no specific medicine recommended to prevent, treat or cure covid-19.” Avoid contact with others as much as possible, wash your hands properly and consult a doctor before trying any advice you read on the Internet or hear from a friend. We recommend the World Health Organization’s coronavirus myth buster page.

We also know of no evidence that the virus was engineered, despite rumors to the contrary. The best research we know of suggests that it originated in bats or another animal and mutated to infect humans, similar to many other viral outbreaks.

These sorts of conspiracy theories have spread by the millions on social media, and a State Department report suggested that some of them are being spread maliciously and intentionally to sow fear and discord. Don’t fall for it.”

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