Debunking Coronavirus Rumours

Dere are a number of questions and a certain amount of misinformate circulating among waka abroad  about COVID-19. To help you make de right choices we’don list de most commonly spread rumours and informate from trusted sources about that rumour, so that you fit stay informed and protect yourself during de COVID-19 pandemic. For more informate and clarifications on common rumours circulating about COVID-19 visit de World Health Organization myth busting site.

Question: Shey COVID-19 dey purposely created for Chinese lab?

One of de recurring rumours being spread online be say COVID-19 dey engineered for a Chinese lab. Ds nah false. Scientific evidence shows say de virus nah naturally occurring. It originally came from animals and subsequently infected humans. According to a US study, de genome sequence proves say e no be man-made. Like most parts of de globe, China done also been badly affected by de virus.

Question: Shey COVID-19 pandemic nah fake?

Dere are rumours circulating on social media say COVID-19 nah hoax. Amongst de reasons say pipu deny de existence of de pandemic nah de belief say de virus was created by China or Russia to grab more power and wealth. Dis claim nah false – COVID-19 does exist. Scientific evidence proves say de virus originally came from animals and subsequently infected humans. Official statistics from de World Health Organization show say de virus done infected millions of pipu around de world.

Question: Shey de virus fit survive for hot weather?

Another theory nah say COVID-19 no fit survive for warmer climates such as Africa. De World Health Organization says de virus fit dey transmitted anywhere, even countries with hot and humid weather. Dere also done get surge for coronavirus cases for tropical countries including Saudi Arabia and much of Southeast Asia. Dere is also no evidence say exposing yourself to a prolonged period of sunlight fit kill de virus. Experts say temperatures have to be higher dan 140 degrees Fahrenheit to kill this virus.

Question: Shey de COVID-19 pandemic been dey used by corrupt governments to stockpile money and deny citizens deir basic human rights?

Some people claim say de COVID-19 pandemic nah part of a government propaganda campaign to avoid paying peoples’ salaries and under invest for public services. For reality, COVID-19 don required governments around de world to invest heavily and become indebted in order to maintain wages, basic services and safe-guard healthcare. COVID-19 represents an existential threat to de global status quo as well as a risk to every single person’s health.

Question: Shey COVID-19 nah judgement from God targeting de country’s elite and politicians?

For Nigeria, rumours dey circulate say COVID-19 nah plague specifically targeting de country’s elite and is God’s way of bringing about changes to deir government. Dis nah unlikely as COVID-19 wey been shown to infect without prejudice. E dey as dangerous for de rich as it is for de poor, and those from disadvantaged communities – where social distancing dey impossible – are equally at risk. Social class been also shown to get no bearing on who dey infected by dis disease though there is some evidence say social class and economic background go impact whether you survive or not.

Question: Shey Africans dey immune to de virus?

For some countries, such as Nigeria, rumours dey spread say pipu dey immune to de virus. Dis no be true. Research from de World Health Organization shows say nearly 200,000 people for Africa dey at risk of dying from COVID-19 if it’s not controlled. Overall COVID-19 seems to spread more slowly for Africa compared to other countries due to the youthful population and lower levels of obesity, according to research from de WHO.

Question: Shey Herbal home remedies fit cure or prevent COVID-19?

Question: Shey drinking or injecting methanol, ethanol or bleach fit kill de virus?

Injecting or drinking harmful substances such as bleach or methanol or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol no fit kill de virus and fit get serious consequences and even lead to death. For example, for  Iran nearly 300 pipu don die after becoming ill from drinking methanol amid false rumours say it fit cure de virus. De safest way to protect yourself from COVID-19 nah by following advice from de World Health Organization including frequent hand washing and practicing social distancing.

Question: Shey wearing face mask fit stop you from getting COVID-19?

Face masks no fit stop you from catching de virus but prevent de virus from spreading further by blocking droplets from coughs and sneezes. Many countries don make wearing face masks compulsory to slow de spread of de disease. Face masks dey play an important role for  preventing de spread of de virus along with frequent hand washing and practicing social distancing.

Question: Shey COVID-19 dey worse dan de common cold and flu?

COVID-19 dey extremely serious and get a higher mortality rate dan the seasonal flu. Millions of pipu around de globe don died from COVID-19. While some pipu wey catch de virus fit experience mild or moderate symptoms, others experience severe symptoms including breathing difficulties and need to be hospitalised. Older pipu and dose with respiratory systems dey more at risk but COVID-19 fit also affect younger pipu.

Question: Shey de COVID-19 nah airborne?

According to de new evidence from de World Health Organization (WHO), de new strains of COVID-19 fit dey spread through de air from some settings, particularly for poorly ventilated and/or crowded indoor spaces. However, COVID-19 dey primarily transmitted through droplets from coughs, sneezes and people talking or from droplets that settle ontop surface areas and spread through human contact.