Source: Arabic.Net-Jamal Nazi
Scientists have described a number of messages spread, through social media and mobile applications, to provide advice to prevent infection with the emerging corona virus as “fake” and “false”, according to a report published in the British newspaper “Daily Mail”.
The scholars analyzed every point that one of these messages touched upon, which was exchanged widely via the WhatsApp application and other social networks, and the sender claimed that it was information issued by an expert from the American University of Stanford, and the scientists confirmed that they are pure false allegations as Stanford University officially denied the issuance of any advice From her doctors.
Stanford University denies
A publication falsely claims that it was issued by a Stanford University hospital doctor or Japanese doctors, which was denied by Stanford University in an email to The Verge: “The message that was widely exchanged about Covid-19, attributed to” Stanford Hospital Board Member, “contains inaccurate information. It has not been released by anyone from Stanford University School of Medicine or its hospital.
1. Drink plenty of water
False and false advice includes drinking too much water every 15 minutes washing the Corona virus in the stomach. “These tips are completely false. They are not based on any real scientific evidence,” says Dr. Lauren Rauch, doctor of emergency rooms in Los Angeles with a master’s degree in epidemiology.
Professor Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, agrees with Dr. Rauch, saying: “Absolutely. There is no scientific evidence that this advice is absolutely correct, because in the first place the virus not only reaches the throat but can be inhaled directly into the lungs. And viruses (do not stick to the surface of the throat or hollow but rather) invade the cells of the body, and therefore, drinking too much water in these quantities will not help anything.
2. Hold breaths for 10 seconds
The pamphlet also recommends a self-test to discover if a person has “Covid 19” by trying to hold his breath for 10 seconds without coughing, which British government sources have described as “inaccurate”. Professor Hunter describes this advice as “clear nonsense” with evidence that there are many confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and do not have symptoms of cough or pneumonia.
3. Infection 10 meters away
The fake post also claims that if a person has sneezing, a person 10 meters away is at risk of infection, and Professor Hunter asserts that it is false information, explaining: “The drops [أو الرذاذ] (Volatile when sneezing from an infected person) It consists of saliva, mucus or phlegm. It tends to fall from the air very quickly. Therefore, anyone who stands more than a meter away will not be infected “in general.
Professor Hunter cites this as health authorities in Britain and other countries only track patients suspected of having an infection with the new Coronavirus, who have mixed with a confirmed case two meters or less away.
4. Warm weather and bright sun
Prof. Hunter continues, refuting the lies of the messages circulating through the communication sites, saying: The messages claim that the virus “hates the sun” and warm temperatures, and that it is a subject of research and discussion among scientists, but this public information cannot be relied upon as a means to prevent infection with a pervasive virus, noting To the fact that the temperature of the lungs is about 37 degrees Celsius and do not kill the virus.
5. The danger has passed in summer
“There are also many cases in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, where the temperature and humidity are high. Therefore, it is still not known whether the severity of the pandemic will decrease with solutions,” said Dr. Michael Head, senior researcher for global health at the University of Southampton. Summer, “he said, believing that this is unlikely to happen unless a successful and effective vaccine and treatment protocol is reached.
6. Gargle with saline solution
Among the inaccurate information, included in the fake message, is that gargling with salt water can prevent corona infection. Some evidence shows that this method can help people recover more quickly from a common cold. However, the World Health Organization has previously confirmed that there is no support for using this method as a treatment or prevention for other respiratory infections.
Dr. Head says that careful advice has logical and scientific justifications, for example, the recommendation that hands should be washed with soap and water frequently is due to the fact that soap and water clean hands from any viruses stuck on them and because the virus can remain attached and active on the hands for several hours and thus repeat hand washing With soap and water, it protects and prevents its transmission through the mucous membranes when touching the face, nose, or eyes with the contaminated hand.
In the same context, social networking sites and popular applications intensified their efforts to monitor the promotion of false information and impose a ban on its promoters, given the dire consequences of such unscientific information that could lead to some people in “great danger”.
Facebook has implemented a temporary ban on ads and lists, which promote and sell medical masks, in addition to blocking posts promoting fake treatments and disastrous advice such as “Candida drinking is the solution.”
An imaginary account has already been banned on Twitter, claiming to be a hospital in Andover, Hampshire, and has published false information and promoted rumors that the alleged hospital received a number of patients with symptoms similar to SK symptoms.