Debunked COVID-19 myths survive online despite the facts

CHICAGO (AP) – There is a large amount of false information associated with COVID-19 as it orbited the globe in 2020 by speculating that coronovirus was created to dodge in a laboratory.

Public health officials, fact checkers and doctors tried to extinguish hundreds of rumors in innumerable ways. But misinformation around the epidemic has been completely eradicated in the form of viruses. And with the US, UK and Canada starting vaccinations this month, many lies are seeing a resurgence online.

A look at the five stubborn myths around COVID-19 that were shared this year and the journey continued:

Myth: Varuna does not receive a proposal

In fact, they do.

However, mixed messaging caused some confusion. US officials initially told Americans they did not have to wear or buy masks, at a time when there was a shortage of N95 masks for health workers. He later retaliated, urging the public to come out with a cloth mask and a face covering.

The initial message gave people “a little more room to take these narratives”, explained Stephanie Adderley, a communications professor at Northwestern University, against wearing masks.

For example, some social media users, still the US government’s top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony has been airing a video since Fauci’s march, stating that people “should not walk around with masks,” although he has urged people to cover up. In front of the public. Versions of that clip have been viewed millions of times on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Online claims that masks are not an effective form of protection again in October after US President Donald Trump and two US senators signed a Covd-19 contract during the Rose Garden Ceremony, according to media intelligence firm Jignell Labs. Social media users claimed the coverings should not be effective as senators wore masks at certain points during the event.

But masks prevent virus particles from spreading. Last month, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention advises Americans to wear masks Suggested masks can protect the wearer as well as others.


It was not.

Before the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 an epidemic in March, social media users and fringe websites weaved together a conspiracy theory that the virus was leaked – either accidentally or intentionally – from a lab in Wuhan, China . The lie was spied on by elected officials, including Trump.

The origin of the virus is much less scandalous: it probably originated in nature. Bats are thought to be the basic or intermediate hosts for many viruses that have recently given rise to epidemics, including COVID-19. US intelligence agencies also concluded The virus is not man-made.

Still the conspiracy theory journey continues Online, and resurfaced in September when a Chinese virologist repeated the claim on Fox News.

Myth: COVID-19 this FLU is SIMILAR

In fact, COVID-19 has proved to be very lethal.

The initial similarity between COVID-19 and influenza symptoms led many to speculate that there was not much difference between the two diseases. Even after watching social media posts and videos thousands of times online, it is claimed that COVID-19 is not more deadly than the flu. Trump tweeted a flawed comparison between the flu and COVID-19 in March and October, as states enforced stay-at-home orders.

COVID-19 has been blamed for more than 300,000 American deaths this year, and has killed about 1.5 million worldwide. By comparison, the CDC estimates There are between 12,000 and 61,000 flu-related deaths annually.

COVID-19 symptoms may be more severe and may persist for months.. Health experts have also uncovered a series of bizarre coronovirus symptoms ranging from brain fog to toes.

Myth: Officers are excellent training-19’S TOLL

They are not.

Social media users started taking pictures of the vacant hospital waiting room earlier this year, claiming that some people were ill with COVID-19. Photos and videos gained traction with #FilmYourHospital The hashtag is part of a right-wing conspiracy theory that public health officials and politicians were exaggerating the fatal toll of COVID-19. But very few people are in waiting areas as hospitals virtually began making appointments, canceling elective procedures and restricting visitors during the epidemic.

This month, a Nevada doctor’s selfie An empty makeshift care site set up to handle additional coronavirus patients was shared online as evidence that hospitals are not full. However, before the site opened, the photo was taken on 12 November. Since then it has served at least 200 patients.

Myth: VIRUS is a scheme to enforce global rules

it is not true.

Anti-vaccine advocates have been pursuing this conspiracy theory since January, when some people claimed online that the virus was patented As a plan by the pharmaceutical companies to capitalize on the disease. Some targeted billionaires and the vaccine are lawyers for Bill Gates, Claiming that it was part of a global plan around COVID-19 through mass vaccination, in which billions of people were given microchips. Gates has not threatened anyone with a microchip. Instead, he suggested creating a database of people who have been vaccinated against the virus.

Doubts have also increased around the pace of vaccine development. A video has been viewed about 100,000 times For example, on social media, fraudulent drug companies falsely claimed animal tests. In fact, the vaccines were tested on mice and macaques.

The UK, Canada and the US Food and Drug Administration have authorized Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine. FDA will review Modern’s shot on Thursday.

According to a survey this month, nearly half of Americans still say they are willing to receive the vaccine By the Associated Press-NRC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Inaccurate information around the vaccine may cause some hesitation.

“I don’t think it was a myth that caused the problem,” said Nancy Kass, deputy director for public health at the Johns Hopkins Burman Institute of Bioethics. “The fact that there were many, many, many myths.”


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