WHO chief sees need to counter "infodemic" and "fake news"

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By MDN Digital News Team
February 17, 2020

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The World Health Organization chief, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Saturday cautioned against "fake news" and "infodemic," saying they are equally dangerous as with Covid-19.

Speaking before hundreds of security and foreign policy experts during the Munich Security Conference, Director Tedros said there is now a need to counter
the spread of "fake news" as it only caused panic among all people all over the world.

Tedros said there is a need to "push back against the "infodemic," saying fake news spread faster and more easily than the Covid-19.

The WHO chief also called on governments, companies and news organizations to work with WHO to sound the appropriate level of alarm, without fanning the flames of hysteria.

"We have a choice. Can we come together to face a common and dangerous enemy? Or will we allow fear, suspicion and irrationality to distract and divide  us?" Tedros asked.

He said "this is a time for facts, not fear. This is a time for rationality, not rumours. This is a time for solidarity, not stigma," The WHO chief said.  

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Meanwhile, even the most powerful country of the world is not spared by the attack of the deadly virus which originated from Wuhan City in China, and has already claimed 1,523 lives as of February 14.

Covid-19, the official name of the virus, based on recent updates of the World Health Organization (WHO), has not spared industrialized countries of the world like Korea, Japan, Singapore, Germany, and France, among other countries.

The 15 cases of corona virus (covid-19 in the US territory is confirmed on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The latest victim of the virus was in San Antonio,Texas, more specifically at the JBSA-Lackland military base. This is where 91 evacuees from Wuhan City were recorded. Wuhan City, China, was the epicenter of the corona virus that spread like wild fires in Australia.

The evacuees are now under quarantine period of 14 days although they don't show the so-called symptoms of the 2019.

 

 

 


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