Here is the compilation of fake news about COVID-19 that everyone should know
COVID-19 Fake News – Here is a compilation of the wrong information being disseminated to the public regarding the coronavirus.
Amid the outbreak, some people have created assumptions that were shared on social media and were taken seriously by many. However, agencies who have the authority over this matter warned the public to stop being so gullible and would just easily believe everything they read and see online.
Here is the compilation of COVID-19 fake news and the clarifications.
A family in Pasig got “infected“
In a previous report, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto slammed a manipulated post that was made to look like a news article stating that a whole family got infected.
GMA reporter Raffy Tima also slammed the fake news and advised the public to read carefully.
A manipulated screenshot of a tweet from Philippine Star’s Twitter post circulated. The news entity clarified that “Quezon City only suspended classes in Bagong Lipunan Crame elementary school and high school for March 9, 2020” and not in the whole Quezon City.
“Information” from UNICEF
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund corrected the assumption of many people that “information” about COVID-19 came from their agency. UNICEF clarified that the institution is just sharing health and safety tips and not information about the coronavirus.
“Lockdown” in Metro Manila
Based on the post of Department of Interior and Local Government (CIDG), there is no truth that a lockdown was imposed in Metro Manila.
“Instruction” to stock food
The Department of Health (DOH) strongly stressed out that the agency did not release instruction to people to “stock ready-to-eat food” after the alleged “lockdown” in Metro Manila.
COVID-19 will disappear come summertime?
World Health Organization executive director of emergencies Mike Ryan stated: “It’s a ‘false hope’ to say that it will just disappear in the summertime…We can’t make that assumption and there is no evidence right now to suggest that that will happen.”
In line with the spread of fake news on social media about the COVID-19, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III encouraged the public to personal safety precautions against coronavirus rather than spreading fake news online.
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