On a daily basis we battle against sifting through real and fake news on various social media platforms. Since the very first news reports about the coronavirus (COVID19) coming out of Wuhan, China, there have been numerous stories shared regarding the cause and cures of this globally spreading and highly infectious virus.
Spammers and Fake News Journalists fully well know that the world is craving information regarding COVID19 and whoever is the first to publish will get the most views and shares. This is regardless of the content and whether it has been verified or not. Capitalizing on our current fears of contracting this virus and wanting to know how to prevent, many articles with cures for the COVID19 have been published. This even as we all know there is no know vaccine or immediate cure for the virus.
Sharing and spreading of this information has caused hoarding, panic buying and global shortages of cleaning and medical supplies.
The major downside to this is that those who really need the supplies will probably not get them and those who don’t will have more than they will ever need.
As such, please think twice before believing the information that you have read and will continue to read on COVID19.
Don’t be quick to share an article; you may want to verify it yourself first.
WhatsApp seems to be the most popular tool used for sharing such Fake News so think twice before hitting that forward button.
Listed below are some of fake messages, remedies and cures circulating around COVID19.
CyberSafeTT suggests that practicing proper hygiene, engaging in social distancing and paying attention to reputable news sources would be your best defense to combat the COVID19 🖖🏽