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The fake news of the Wuhan coronavirus

More than six thousand people in the world are currently infected by the Wuhan coronavirus , a new type of coronavirus first detected in December 2019 in China. Now, the virus is beginning to spread to other countries, and there are some isolated cases in the rest of the continents; also in Europe and even in Spain (in Malaga, a man remains in isolation after coming into contact with Chinese in the infected area.)

About 170 people have died so far , and the WHO will hold several meetings to determine if we are facing a global health emergency.

Every time a new type of virus threatens the human population, it is normal that a certain social alarm is unleashed. It already happened with influenza A, extinct in 2010, which claimed 18,000 human lives. However, it should be noted that the common seasonal flu, caused by the influenza virus, kills between 290,000 and 650,000 people worldwide each year.

Therefore, it is worth wondering if so much scaremongering is justified. At least, until the health authorities establish a state of emergency.

In addition, in this type of alerts there is an added problem: when a global news item generates so much general stress, it is common for missing news to flow, not verified information, rumors … We call them fake news , and we are used to hearing about them, but not so much to discern between fantasy and reality.

What fake news is around the Wuhan coronavirus? How to learn to distinguish if information is false?

The coronavirus is cured with ‘bleach’

It is one of the most surprising slogans that have spread in recent days around the news of the Wuhan coronavirus.

The apparent basis on which this dangerous hoax is based resides in a liquid that contains chlorine dioxide and sodium chloride (the chemical components of industrial disinfectants), and that would be sold as a supposed “elixir of life.” The product in question is marketed as Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS) or 20-20-20 spray. But, in addition, this liquid is presented as capable of curing almost any type of disease (AIDS, cancer, Crohn’s disease).

Of course, this company has been facing numerous legal problems for years.

The coronavirus will destroy humanity

We already know that humans love the apocalypse. Given that the Wuhan coronavirus is a new virus, and potentially fatal in some cases, it is normal for both the WHO and governments to establish strict health protocols, such as quarantine measures, as a means of precaution.

But we do not forget that coronaviruses are the same viruses that cause common colds , and that the people who are at risk of serious complications (or yes, even death) are children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with depressed immune systems. or that they already had some type of respiratory condition that the virus itself is aggravating. Pneumonia is what is, broadly speaking, killing just under two hundred patients who have died so far from the coronavirus. But it is very difficult for it to kill a healthy adult.

However, for greater safety, it is advisable to try to avoid the spread by coughing or sneezing into a disposable tissue or on the sleeve of the clothes that we are going to wash.

If you are a vulnerable person (and if you are not, too, to avoid the spread), try to follow these recommendations, which have been directed by health professionals these days. Beyond these precautionary measures, for now, the coronavirus should not pose a major problem.

The coronavirus is a laboratory experiment designed to kill

Of course, there is no shortage of conspiracy theories regarding the Wuhan coronavirus. Hypotheses circulate (not supported by any data or evidence) that this new virus would have been prepared in a laboratory in Canada to be voluntarily inoculated into the population, and proceed to its destruction. Yet another soflama whose origin lies in the human taste for the catastrophic.

The fact that a new potentially deadly virus has been discovered and that it is spreading rapidly in different parts of the world deserves, of course, our attention and that the authorities direct their efforts to understand and prevent its effects on the population.

But for the moment, and taking into account how other viruses behave, we have no choice but to be rational and relativize the potential severity of the Wuhan coronavirus , at least, until we have rigorous and verifiable information.

 

Bill and Melinda Gates have had the vaccine since 2015

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a philanthropic NGO dedicated to financing the fight against various diseases. An uninformed (and we do not know if malicious) tweeter spread the rumor that the Gates foundation already patented the coronavirus vaccine in 2015. However, what the disseminator of this fake news did not warn is that coronavirus is a general word to speak of of many types of viruses.

The reality on the matter is that, in effect, there was already a vaccine patent against a coronavirus since 2015, but not against the Wuhan coronavirus: the patent in question was designed to treat a specific type of coronavirus that affected birds.

How to identify fake news?

To learn to differentiate whether we are facing false news or not, it is not enough just to use common sense. Sometimes these are not as crazy ideas as bleach-based miracle medicine – sometimes some fake news can seem truly credible to us.

To make sure, we must always identify the source of origin of the information, which must be a scientific authority or a specialized body. If the source is not in sight, or the means of communication from which it comes does not enjoy seriousness or prestige, distrust.

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