Coronavirus is the term that doesn’t need any introduction. The whole world is struggling for life due to this Corona virus (Covid-19). Started from the Wuhan city of China, Corona is spreading continuously across the world. And due to its spread rate and deadly behavior, it’s declared a pandemic.
While the authorities like WHO are constantly trying to spread the advisory information about coronavirus to help people protect from it and stay safe, on the other side there’re many people in India spreading misinformation about the virus through various social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, TikTok and more.
“Coronavirus the outbreak has become a global concern and it has been reported that there is a trend of circulation of misinformation and sharing anonymous data related to the virus, creating panic among the public,” said the advisory.
The government of India asked the social media platforms including Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, TikTok etc. to stop users from uploading or circulating the false news concerning coronavirus. Government asked the social media companies to start awareness campaigns and promote authentic information on the coronavirus.
“Dedicated cybercriminal groups are spreading panic and the Indian government is helpless. Daily supplies are getting over fast as cybercriminals piggybacked on Dr. Trehan’s popularity to send fake letter out and created panic,” Pavan Duggal, one of the nation’s top cyber law experts, told IANS.
The Main Protective Measures Against Covid-19 from WHO
You should not believe any rumor spreading across the web through any social media platform. You should simply visit the official WHO advice page to know the authentic advisory information regarding coronavirus.
According to WHO, you should wash your hands frequently, maintain social distancing, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth and practice respiratory hygiene. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
After all, stay informed from the authentic sources and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider. So, instead of believing on rumors, you should rely on your local authorities which have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best place to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.