WHO opens the space to disprove “Fake News” about COVID-19


Daniela Montes de Oca


In response to the spate of false news about the COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) decided to open a space to refute and clarify the fakenews most controversial that have been around the world, among them, the exposure to the sun or drinking alcohol, are not preventive measures against the coronavirus.

With the networks sociodigitales, has increased the number of false stories which misinform and alarm the population. These fakenews arrived to such a degree, that the WHO itself opened inside of your web page a space for all to enter to verify what you hear on the streets.

The situations that are cleared, are of various kinds such as:

  • Drinking alcohol does not protect against the COVID-19 and, on the contrary increases the risk of health problems;
  • Sun exposure in temperatures above 25 does not prevent the disease, “you Can get the COVID-19, for very sunny or warm the weather is. Have been reported cases of COVID-19 in warm countries,” reads its website;
  • The power to hold your breath for 10 seconds without coughing or discomfort, is not synonymous with not suffering from coronavirus, WHO adds that this exercise will not lead the people out of doubt, but that the test of the COVID-19 yes confirmed;
  • The coronavirus is not retained for life, that is to say the people who get it can recover and eliminate the virus from the body;
  • COVID-19 can be transmitted in areas with hot, humid climates: “The scientific evidence obtained so far indicate that the virus of the COVID-19 can be transmitted in ANY ZONE, including the warm and humid climate” it says on its web site;
  • Mosquito bites do not transmit the virus;
  • Don’t kill the coronavirus by spraying the body with alcohol or bleach Spray all over the body with alcohol or bleach is not used to kill viruses that have already entered the body. Spraying these substances can damage clothing and mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, mouth, etc)” added the WHO.

These are some of the situations that are clarified on the official website of the WHO, together with the recommendation that the public be kept informed of the statements of the health authorities concerned.