There’s only one thing spreading faster than this damn virus: it’s fake news about this damn virus.
If I have to hear that WhatsApp voice note about the “translation from the Spanish doctor, who is a friend of a someone who was chatting to an uncle’s neighbour’s colleague’s best mate at the pub”, then I will scream my sore throat out.
Is it not enough that you were forwarded it from the tannie whose last involvement with the community security group was expressing concern that someone had marked her house for burglary by placing a Monster Energy Drink can across the road? Were alarm bells not ringing when the message arrived with the caption:
Not sure if this is true, but it seems like good advice.
Please. Just think.
The same with twitter. Check your sources, people. Even if it’s someone well-known who you might trust on economic or business matters, they really don’t know better than the Government’s health advisers. And so they shouldn’t be sharing their opinion on this as if they know what they are talking about.
(Even funnier is when they tweet about not sharing unverified news and opinions less than 24 hours later…)
Celebrities: same. Well done on some great acting in that film, now please explain to me why you feel that gives you more knowledge about epidemiology?
Of course, just occasionally, the layperson does get it right. This NYT Opinion piece is succinct and full of
good ideas a good idea:
So, in summary: Stop panic buying, stop sharing fake news, stop believing celebrities.
Stay away from people, wash your hands often, don’t touch your face.
It’s actually fairly simple stuff.
Stay well (or get better).