• Ankuran Dutta

#CheckTheFake-27: Uncertainty prevails over the cause of Covid-19


April 27, 2020

The uncertainty about the cause of novel coronavirus tends to the spread of lies over the social media platform.

It is a debatable issue that the outbreak of Covid-19 is caused either by man-made or natural reasons. Earlier, a news was viral that the virus was spread from a defunct refrigerator of a laboratory in Wuhan province of China.

While on the other hand, it was also believed that the deadly virus transmitted from animal like bats, pangolins, etc. Despite all these debates making round the social media platform, the WHO hasn’t yet revealed any particular answer to solve this uncertainty.

According to the WHO, research is still going on the cause of this virus by world scientists. Therefore, making a guess over the cause of the virus leading to zoonotic or nature is all about prediction. This prediction is actually a lie.

Whatever is spread, it is done on the basis of blame-game that people indulge into actively. This is about spreading lie and nothing else.

#CheckTheFake on #COVID19

FAKE: Coronavirus spread from bats.

FACT: To raise awareness, 64 chiropterologists (those who study bats) from six South Asian countries have released a document clarifying myths about bats and strongly affirming that bats do not spread COVID-19. They also clarify that the bat coronaviruses (BtCoV) found in two species of Indian bats (in a recent Indian Council of Medical Research study) are not the same as SARS-CoV-2 and cannot cause COVID-19 (The Hindu).

#CheckTheFake is a movement against #Infodemic in this crisis, initiated by Dr Anamika Ray Memorial Trust #ARMT (www.armt.in) in collaboration with The Assam Tribune and Northeast Now (www.nenow.in) to create awareness on #fakenews on #Coronavirus and improve media literacy through #Cartoons. ARMT Research

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