As the number of new corona virus (COFED-19) victims increases rapidly, the world's population suffers from the devastating effects of a massive flood of misinformation and misinformation spreading about the virus over the Internet, which may cost people their lives.
While the Corona virus has caused the deaths of more than 27,000 people around the world, led to market collapses and made scientists scramble to find a solution, rumors and false allegations fuel prevailing confusion and deepening economic misery, especially those promoting fake remedies.
Among the dangerous counterfeit medicines revealed by Agence France-Presse are the consumption of volcanic ash, the use of ultraviolet lights, and chlorine disinfectants that health authorities say can cause harm if used incorrectly.
Another misleading treatment for the Corona virus, according to misleading articles published on social media, is the drinking of silver particles in a liquid form known as colloidal silver.
"I am making colloidal silver now. I have asthma and does it really work? I am worried that I will get the virus. Does this help if I take a teaspoon per day of it? I don't," said a post on a Facebook user page, attached to a picture of a bowl of water with a metal bar. I know this product. "
Colloidal silver side effects may include discoloration of the skin to bluish gray, as well as insufficient absorption of some drugs, including antibiotics, according to the US National Institutes of Health.
But this did not deter some people from using it, and an Australian man, who said that he buys this recipe regularly, told AFP: "It is completely out of my city ... and I could always get it before the outbreak of the virus."
Cocaine and bleach-like powders are also dangerous online treatments. "Cocaine does not protect against Covid-19," the French government said in response to these allegations on Twitter.
The rapid spread of misinformation on the Internet means that anxious patients make mistakes. For example, confusion was raised after the publication of letters and theoretical research in scientific journals about the contribution of some types of cardiac drugs to the development of a dangerous form of Covid-19.
This has prompted health authorities across Europe and America to advise cardiac patients, who are at greater risk of contracting an infection, to continue taking their medications.
Caroline Thomas, who runs a blog for women with heart disease, said dozens of her readers called her for advice after watching tweets warning about ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers.
"Until I communicate with my cardiologist, I will continue to take my medications, although I wonder if they increase my susceptibility to HIV infection," Thomas said - who isolates herself at her home in Canada - to AFP. "I'm afraid to take it, but I'm also afraid to stop taking it," she added.
Professor Gary Jennings, chief medical advisor to the Australian Heart Foundation, said theoretical studies "were based on a number of controversial factors", warning that if patients stop taking their medications, they may expose themselves to heart attacks or the risk of death.
He pointed out that "in the absence of any evidence of the validity of these allegations, and bearing in mind that these drugs are useful, stopping their use is not a good idea."
How to protect yourself when shopping?
Aside from intimidation, exaggeration, or underestimation, there are a few steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from developing an emerging virus when shopping.
In an interview with the German magazine "Stern", Thomas Fuchar, a lung disease specialist at the German Society for Lung and Respiratory Diseases, revealed the most important advice to keep you safe while shopping, the most important of which was commitment to stone and not going to shopping except when absolutely necessary. Shopping Many people congregate, and the risk of transmission is high. He also warned people with corona, or even a cold or flu, not to go out, because that could put a large number of people at risk of infection as well.
Fuchar recommends avoiding touching a lot of things during shopping, and sterilizing hands immediately before returning to the car or bus, and he also recommends that you wash hands before leaving the house, but when arriving at home, purchases must be set aside and wash hands very carefully even before taking off the jacket, and he says that It is best to wash your hands twice for 20 seconds. After arranging the purchases, go back to washing your hands again.
What about gloves?
Regarding wearing gloves and masks, Fawchar said wearing gloves always indicates "I am only thinking of myself, not of others." He explained that gloves may be responsible for transmitting viruses everywhere upon touch. As for the sleeves, it is not necessary to wear them, but it is advised to wear the mask when there are symptoms, in order to avoid transmitting the infection to others.
Fuchar also pointed out that viruses do not last long on surfaces, but it is very important to wash fruits and vegetables well, and wash hands before cooking as is always the case.