Addressing ‘disinfodemic’

Fact checking

False or misleading information on the Coronavirus can drive societies apart and is a threat to public health. Access to reliable information remains key in responding to the pandemic and needs to be ensured at all levels of society – from governments, public health authorities, civil society to citizens.

Audio resources to counter disinformation

Test your knowledge of the virus by playing
our myth buster quiz. This is a timed quiz. You will be given 10 seconds per question.


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5G mobile networks can spread COVID-19

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5G mobile networks do not spread COVID-19

Children cannot transmit the coronavirus

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Children may be less likely to experience severe illness than adults, but the latest data indicate they can transmit the coronavirus to both other children and adults. A recent study from South Korea suggests that children under 10 years old may be less likely to transmit the disease than children 10 years and older, who can transmit the virus at similar levels to adults.

COVID-19 is no worse than the seasonal flu

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While there are some similarities between COVID-19 and influenza, overall COVID-19 is a much more serious illness for several reasons: COVID is more infections than the flu COVID has a higher death rate than the flu COVID has a higher rate of serious illness that requires hospitalization than the flu There is no vaccine for COVID There is currently no significant community immunity

Face masks, when properly worn, do not cause carbon dioxide intoxication or oxygen deficiency

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Wearing face masks may be uncomfortable, but their use does not cause carbon dioxide intoxication or oxygen deficiency. COVID spreads from person-to-person via respiratory droplets expelled when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or even speaks. Masks help prevent this spread. Make sure masks are worn properly and are well-fitted

Even if you don't have a fever, you may still have COVID

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While fever is a common symptom of COVID, it is possible to have COVID and not have a fever. One study in Washington State found fever was present in just over half of all cases, and another study out of Wuhan, China (where the virus originated) found fever in 83% of cases. Common symptoms of COVID include: Fever or chills Cough Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Fatigue Muscle or body aches Headache New loss of taste or smell Sore throat Congestion or runny nose Nausea or vomiting Diarrhea

COVID always causes pneumonia

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Respiratory symptoms, such as pneumonia, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing are frequently seen in COVID patients. However, COVID doesn't always cause respiratory illness. In some cases, patients may have no respiratory symptoms at all and instead have gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and nausea or vomiting. Some patients may even be asymptomatic (have no symptoms at all).

Drinking alcohol protects against COVID-19

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Alcohol-based hand sanitizers, however, do work to disinfect the skin when used externally. Look for hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol and use enough to rub on your hands at least 20 seconds until dry.

Pets can spread COVID-19

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While there are rare cases of animals contracting COVID-19, mostly after coming into contact with infected humans, there is no evidence they can spread it to people. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the novel coronavirus. However, pets can spread other diseases to people, so the CDC recommends anyone who interacts with animals wash their hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds afterwards.

If you can hold your breath for 10 seconds, you don’t have COVID-19

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Once infected with the coronavirus, it can take 2 to 14 days to show symptoms

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