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Did UNICEF Release COVID-19 (Corona Virus) Precautions? || Factly

March 9, 2020


With new COVID-19 cases being reported in
India, a lot of messages with claims regarding the virus are being shared on social media
platforms. One viral post claims that the preventive
measures outlined in the message were suggested by the UNICEF. Now, we need to understand that the UNICEF
mainly caters to the needs of children and young people across the globe. On its website, there is an advisory for parents
on how they can protect themselves and their children from COVID-19. Most of the measures suggested in the viral
social media message were not found on the UNICEF website, and some of the measures contradict
the UNICEF’s and the WHO’s views. Let us now take a look at the claims themselves. The first claim is that wearing a mask can
prevent people from getting infected by the virus as it has a large diameter. But the WHO website states that only those
displaying symptoms or people caring for patients presenting symptoms need to wear a mask. Also, simply wearing a mask is insufficient,
and all other precautions given by WHO need to be followed in order to contain the spread
of the virus. In addition to this, the diameter of the virus
is not as wide as the post claims. The next claim is that the virus lives on
different surfaces for different amounts of time. However, this has not been studied extensively,
and so, this claim remains unverified. The next claim is that the spread of the virus
will be inhibited by hot weather. Again, there is no evidence to suggest this,
making this claim unverified too. The final claim is that gargling with warm
water and salt will prevent infection. But the WHO does not mention this as a precaution. In fact, in an email to AFP, it has said that
it has not found any evidence to support this claim. So, the precautions were not issued by the
UNICEF, and most of the claims in it are either false or unverified. There is another post about COVID-19 going
around too, which claims that a runny nose and coughing sputum are not symptoms of COVID-19,
as confirmed patients tend to have a dry cough and not a wet one. The WHO website does say that dry fever, tiredness
and dry cough are the main symptoms, but it goes on to mention that there may be other
symptoms too, including a runny nose. So, this post is fake. When in doubt about an illness, it is best
to look for information from credible agencies like the WHO. But if you experience any discomfort, turn
to a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

5 Comments

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  • Reply Ken Price March 7, 2020 at 3:59 am

    This is all going as planned. I was being recruited over a year ago to help roll this out. I could participate with anything involving the death of innocent people. I made videos naming cities before the first infected person was diagnosed 22 Dec 2019). How could I possibly have known? Do you think anyone will listen? NO. I'm so thankful immunity was negotiated on behalf of myself and my children when I switched teams. Things are not what they seem. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!

  • Reply glersh nern March 7, 2020 at 5:08 am

    Today someone sneezed on my ass. Should I be concerned about the ass sneezing that occurred? Thank you

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  • Reply Kirby March 9, 2020 at 3:10 am

    Please spread this. My friend's mother showed me the graphics today and I couldn't believe it because it contradicted everything medical professionals and organizations have been saying. I asked if she knew the source and she shrugged and said "Well if it's Unicef, it must be true. Check their website."
    Since this morning, all I have seen is calling the graphics lies, including a tweet by Unicef discounting it. Beware of fake news.

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