COVID-19 is still around, and we should not let our guard down. The WHO and other governments are doing their best to eradicate it. However, a lot of misinformation is being spread through social media since the pandemic started.
A post showing the World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus saying, “Covid-19 is nowhere near us” has been viral on social media for quite some time. However, this news is false, found India Today’s Anti-Fake News War Room (AFWA).
It was found that the post going viral belonged to Prime Asia TV, a Canada-based Punjabi TV channel. AFWA was able to trace the Facebook post from the company’s logo, which proved it has come from there.
The WHO Chief has said the exact opposite of what is being attributed to him. During a press conference on July 12, Mr Ghebreyesus said “Virus is running freely, and countries are not effectively managing the disease burden based on their capacity, in terms of both hospitalization for acute cases and the expanding number of people with the post-Covid-19 condition, often referred to as long-Covid.”
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— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) July 12, 2022
He also added that there is a gap in the pandemic’s perception between scientists, political leaders, and the general public. He said it is “a dual challenge of communicating risk and building community trust in health tools and public health social measures like masking, distancing, and ventilation”.
The post that WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said, “Covid-19 is nowhere near us”, is fake. The WHO chief did not say this at all; in fact, he said the exact opposite of what was quoted.
References: India Today, One India
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