The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a a major health concern globally with infections rising. But spreading faster is panic and rumours online.
The outbreak has claimed over 3,000 lives globally. The SARS-CoV-2 virus was first reported in December 2019 in Hubei, central China and has spread beyond the borders of China. People are constantly looking at ways to protect themselves from the virus and there is much misinformation spread online.
Here are 10 coronavirus disease related things you should not do online.
- Don’t fall for online ads claiming to sell special face masks for coronavirus. There are no special masks available to protect you from coronavirus. So, if you come across any online ad that claims any such thing, don’t fall for it.
- Don’t focus much on whether N95 mask is better than surgical masks or not. As health experts continue to clarify that masks alone cannot guarantee full protection, it is important to understand that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is way smaller in size and can easily go through the pores of N95 masks. So, the debate of N95 and surgical mask doesn’t make much sense.
- Don’t search and buy medicines, oil, etc to prevent/cure coronavirus disease online. There’s no official cure for coronavirus disease yet. Don’t believe in products claiming to cure or prevent you from it . This is just a trick to make some quick money.
- Don’t search for information about coronavirus disease on random websites. There is no official test kit. Don’t fall for ads selling fake coronavirus test kits online.
- Don’t believe WhatsApp messages, TikTok videos on coronavirus disease. Don’t take suggestion from YouTubers or other influencers on coronavirus disease.
- Don’t search for symptoms related to coronavirus disease online. If you feel you are sick go to a doctor.
- Refrain from sharing unverified articles, videos on social media as this causes unnecessary panic.
- Beware of phishing emails related to coronavirus disease. Cyber criminals are trying to trick you. With coronavirus disease being a major concern globally, cyber criminals are using it to spread malware and trick users in phishing attacks by sending fake email from WHO and other global bodies.