Misinformation and erroneous rumors about the Coronavirus

The global crisis regarding the spreading of the Coronavirus has caused concern on several fronts: the health and economic sectors are only two among those most affected. In a delicate moment like this, it is important to provide correct information: avoiding the spread of fake and absurd news is essential in preventing anxiety and uncontrolled behaviour. Thanks to the support of an article published on medicalnewstoday.com, we will talk about how experts and researchers condemn misinformation and fake news about the Coronavirus.

Written Wednesday, by Emanuele Mortarotti

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The global crisis regarding the spreading of the Coronavirus has caused concern on several fronts: the health and economic sectors are only two among those most affected. In a delicate moment like this, it is important to provide correct information: avoiding the spread of fake and absurd news is essential in preventing anxiety and uncontrolled behaviour. Thanks to the support of an article published on medicalnewstoday.com, we will talk about how experts and researchers condemn misinformation and fake news about the Coronavirus.

27 scientists from 9 different countries made their voices heard, a few weeks ago, thanks to a statement released to the British scientific publication The Lancet. The need to publish such a statement stems from the enormous number of fake news and "legends" created around the spread of Covid-19 which, for everyone's safety as well as the sake of scientific truth, must be absolutely refuted.

The most common rumour is that the Coronavirus is a laboratory created virus which has been spread from the city of Wuhan, China. According to some speculations, it seems that everything started from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where studies were conducted about the Coronavirus family in bats. In any case, the Institute swiftly and categorically disproved these conspiracy theories: Chen Quanjiao, a researcher who works at the Centre, firmly asserted that there are no infected people at the Institute and that patient zero did not come from there.

However, rumours continued to circulate and it was impossible to silence this fake news - this one, like many others, was also reported by high-profile public figures.

 

Anyway, researchers were united in claiming that the virus developed in nature - these claims were made following scientific studies, data cross-referencing and genome analysis of the causative agent.

Such conspiracy theories only fuel prejudice, fear and violence, especially in a society like ours where fake news travel at the speed of light thanks to social networks and uncontrolled sharing: this is another important point highlighted by the specialists who signed the Lancet declaration.

 

It is advisable, then, to reflect on these words and always act in full knowledge of the facts when sharing information regarding the Coronavirus. What do you think about this article? Contact Dispotech and have your say!

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