2 minute read
7 Mar 2020
6:25 am

Ignore fake Covid-19 news and trust the experts

How government manages what could become a major national crisis will give a good indication as to the state of the country’s health system.

Nurses walk inside a quarantine room at the finished but still unused building A2 of the Shanghai Public Clinical Center, where COVID-19 coronavirus patients will be quarantined, in Shanghai on February 17, 2020. Picture: Noel CELIS / POOL / AFP

One of the most debilitating effects of contracting the coronavirus – for a nation, that is – is the fake news fever it generates. Hardly had the first case of the virus in South Africa been confirmed than the rumour mills of social media, which are highly effective vectors of infectious untruth, went into overdrive. Yet, it is easy to understand why so many people are not only concerned, they are on the verge of panic. That’s because nobody – not even medical experts across the globe – have any real idea of how it is going to develop. Will...