Ever since the first case of Coronavirus has sprung up, Fake News about Covid19 are spreading way faster than the virus itself. But how would you know whether the information is reliable or not?

Well, don’t worry coz The Meraki has you covered on that information.

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Below is the list of the most viral and absolutely flimsy information. This information is being published on WhatsApp, Facebook, and several other platforms.

Human-Made Virus 

THE VIRUS DID NOT ESCAPE ANY LAB. Put your sci-fi movie storyline to a rest people!

A group of scientists and researchers compared the genome of coronavirus with seven other coronaviruses known to infect humans; in an article of Nature Medicine they clearly stated that

“Our analyses clearly show that SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus.

Only Affects Old People

 Covid19 cases in Pakistan and all over the world have proved that being of a younger age does not prove that you are safe. Older people are at higher risk of death because as you get older, your lungs are not as elastic or as resilient as when you’re younger

Those kinds of things, coupled with any sort of health issue you might have, such as Asthma, Diabetes etc. trend toward this loss of airway function and respiratory function. Which eventually results in a fatality.

Looking at the positive side, we have recently seen the oldest survivor of COVID-19, a WWII veteran who was 104 years old.

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Veteran Bill Lapschies is said to have also lived through the 1918 pandemic of Spanish Flu which killed near to a hundred million people worldwide. // Fake News about Covid19

Anti-Islam Agenda

Due to the restriction on offering prayers in large groups, people are coming up with conspiracy theories referring to the government and virus as a Dajjali Fitna.

The government is not involved in any anti-Islamic conspiracy, but instead, all law enforcement agencies and the government are trying their best to keep the public safe.

The Police and Rangers officials have been ordered to keep everyone in their houses and not only Mosques, but Temples, Churches and other places of public gatherings have been restricted to allow only a certain amount of people at one time.

HAZRAT MUHAMMAD (Peace and blessings be upon him) has quoted in many Hadith to take precautionary measures from an epidemic.

Jabir ibn Abdullah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace, and blessings be upon him, said,

“Cover the vessels and close the water skins, for there will be a night out of the year in which an epidemic descends. It will not pass over an uncovered vessel or an untied water skin but that some of this contagion will fall into it.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim

It clarifies in the above Hadith that our prophet himself asked people to take precautionary measures. But still, some people take the wrong meaning of Tawakkal. And are asking people to go to mosques and gather like typical days. Which again is proved wrong by another Hadith;

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace, and blessings be upon him, said, “There is no superstitious infection, but do not mix the sick with the healthy.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2221

Corona is a worldwide dilemma. Instead of blaming and putting false accusations on the government in such hard times, we should join hands and play our part in helping them save lives.

Lastly, we shouldn’t forget that Allah will always listen to our prayers. No matter you pray at home or in the mosque. In your hearts is where he resides.

Rumored Remedies and Cures

These are some of the most famous and incredibly failing remedies. People all over the world and hakims in Pakistan, came up with these to fight Coronavirus. 

  1. Antibiotics – Antibiotics are produced to fight bacteria, and COVID-19 is a virus, so it will not be competent to fight it. Although people who are suffering from other bacterial infections are being treated with antibiotics, only with the doctor’s prescription and under medical care.
  1. Sesame/Olive Oil – Rubbing Sesame oil on your body or putting olive oil droplets in your nose will not kill the virus. However, there are a few Alcohol and Chlorine-based disinfectants that can kill the 2019-nCOV on surfaces only, which include 75% ethanol, peroxyacetic acid, and chloroform. 
  1. Garlic – Garlic bread is undoubtedly one of mine and many other people’s favorite. But sadly eating garlic has zero to no effect on fighting COVID-19.
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  1. Drinking Hot Water – In a tweet, some people attributed themself to UNICEF-Cambodia. They claimed that drinking hot water and exposing oneself to the sun can cure Covid19. This was further made clear by UNICEF in a tweet that they have absolutely no part in the spreading of this fake news.
  • Drinking Bleach – YouTuber Jordan Sather claimed in a tweet Chlorine Dioxide as a “Miracle Minerals supplement,”. It is also known as MMS which can completely “wipe out” the virus.

The FDA and many other health authorities have said the MMS is harmful to intake. It can cause severe illnesses like diarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration.// Fake News about Covid19

I bet your mother has experimented with at least one of these remedies on you? 

Ehsaas Cash

We all know that the Pakistan Government is trying to help underprivileged and poor people. Government is doing this by providing them with Rs. 12,000 to every family facing a financial crisis due to the lockdown.

Soon after the announcement of the Ehsaas Cash program, a fake website link has started circulating on WhatsApp. This website claims to be the site where you can register for Ehsaas Cash Programme.

Fake News about Covid19 and its effects in Pakistan

Do not follow this link as it is just a clickbait designed to mislead people.

However, the only way to register for the Ehsaas Cash Programme until now is through SMS. All you have to do is to write your CNIC number in an SMS and send it to 8171. The government will further check their eligibility status and they will be informed whether they are eligible or not.

Now that you know all of the right information. Spread this knowledge with your friends and family members to avoid getting manipulated by these scammers.

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The Merakian – Javeria Fatima

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