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The pandemic is not only spreading the virus, but also the ‘infodemic’ that has caused misleading information or “fake news”. COFACT Thailand gives a list of the top 5 fake news stories and myths, relating to the latest outbreak of Covid-19, that have been circulating among Thai netizens…

  • “All Thai must enter lockdown” – There was a claim that this is a voice of the Dean of Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, urging a lockdown of the whole nation. The Faculty later explained that it is not the Dean’s voice and asked people not to share the fake recording.
  • Drinking lemonade can kill coronavirus – This claim became first viral in March last year. But former Director-General of the Disease Control Department has already explained that there were not obvious medical or scientific evidences to prove that. Lemon is rich in Vitamin C but it can’t kill the virus. A similar claim has it that a mix of lemon juice and soda can also kill the virus, while Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine said this was simply not true.
  • Those who adopt an alkaline and vegan diets will lower their chance of becoming infected – Medical experts explains that the pH levels or acidity levels in human blood are usually between 7.35-7.45 regardless of diet types. That is a normal function of human body, and eating a lot of fruits can’t change it. They recommend sticking to a healthy, well-balanced diet.
  • Mailing parcels can pass on the coronavirus – In response to this false information, Thailand Post made an official announcement that “they have imposed stringent sanitisation measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19”.
  • Standing in direct sunlight can kill the coronavirus – the Disease Control Department says this is not correct, clarifying that the coronavirus can be resistant to the heat up to 90 degree Celsius, but the temperature of the sunlight is not that high to make any effect. But you might end up with a bad case of sunburn.

COFACT cofounder Supinya Klangnarong says, “These urban myths are just some of many examples of how the coronavirus outbreak attracts a large amount of fake news and misinformation. Although these claims have already been debunked by experts, some have resurfaced.

People are urged to double and triple check information they receive before believing it and before sharing it with others to stop the circulations of misleading information.

COFACT or the collaborative fact-checking platform in Thailand is an initiative by a network of civil society in Thailand that intends to establish an open, safe, and creative space for co-finding facts in the “infodemic” era. It is one of the organisations that are currently working to deal with fake news and misinformation on the net, namely COFACT, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and the Sure and Share Centre of the MCOT.

People who want to check if the information or news they receive are true or false can visit COFACT website.

There are plenty of other general myths and conspiracy theories circulating around the internet HERE.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    John_2

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    All viruses die at temperatures above 70 degree Celsius which is why the Bat Soup story was ridiculous. For every few degrees in temperature rise the distance the virus can be transmitted over becomes less.

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      James Doe

      Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:19 am

      At 70 degrees Celcius, a human would also die.

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    Jason

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    This stuff is hilarious. If I can encourage people to do one thing, it’s to listen to the scientists with appropriate qualifications. Forget the politicians and government departments. Just listen to the expert scientists. All the other voices are just spreading nonsense. Scientists are the ones grappling with this pandemic and the solutions to it. Face masks, washing hands, social distancing and testing are the things WE can do…so lets do these things 🙂

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      Maestro

      Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 9:47 pm

      @jason, good one and I’m with you 100%. People need to listen to expert scientists and wear face masks, keep hands clean and do social distancing. Plain and simple.

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      Jeff T.

      Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 10:23 pm

      This is just the bottom of the barrel of fake news, but 99% of the time the people doing the corrections and then offering “face” and “advice” of their own are barely any more informed.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Those are the “Top 5”?

    Evidently COFACT doesn’t read The Thaiger 🙂

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      Kristof

      Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 3:07 am

      they missed the biggest one that i keep getting: “Thai whiskey kills the virus”

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    Dieter Goller

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    Not to forget No 6: farangs are the origin of COVID-19!

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    Ted

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    I think people who believes in the 5 points above, or similar to be true, these people also ask themselves; if what I believed before doesn’t protect me, what does?! Ah, maybe we’re gonna get a sequel tomorrow, about what really works…anyway, thanks Thaiger!
    I will continue working from home and do daily 15km runs, that always keeps me going…whatever “situation” the world is in or is exercise and healthy living also a scam…???? *laughing*

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    Remo

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Sunshine kills the virus very quickly, but not because of temperature, but because of the UV radiation. It also raises vitamin D level, which is necessary for proper function of the immune system.

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      chris

      Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7:55 am

      “Sunshine kills the virus very quickly, ”

      Bullshit.

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      John Does

      Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:16 am

      Sunshine that reaches the earth surface surface does not have enough UVC rays to kill a virus. The sunshine that reaches the earth surface contains mostly UVA rays along with UVB rays. In order for UVC to kill a virus, it needs to be in direct exposure in high concentrations to kill a virus. Certain man made UVC lights can accomplish this but sunshine’s UVC rays are filtered out in the ozone and are ineffective in killing any virus.

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    Diego

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    There did studies in the US back in the beginning. The sun kills the virus not because of the heat, but because of the UV rays.

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      Toby Andrews

      Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 10:52 pm

      Which might explain why the Thailand suffers so little from the virus.
      could it be that or the hysterical lockdowns when they find one asymptomatic, no illness, and no physical signs, but as recently they find one at a public market and the whole market has to close down.
      Many people cannot make a living.
      This is because Thais when they achieve any power at all they exploit it to the limit.

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    dispensed

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    More important facts for me come straight from the data, not media sycophants:

    1. 99.8% survival rate
    2. natural immunity is the greatest tool we have against the virus
    3. covid is here to stay no matter what we do

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      The Thaiger

      Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 8:50 am

      Your Point 1 is incorrect and misleading.

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        dispensed

        Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 2:53 pm

        Go back to journalism, school.

        “In September 2020, a Bulletin of the World Health Organization article by John Ioannidis estimated global IFR inferred from seroprevalence data at 0.23% overall… Ioannides criticized prior ‘average IFR … irresponsibly circulated widely in media and social media’ as ‘probably extremely flawed’ as they depended on erroneous modeling assumptions, and/or focused only on selecting mostly studies from countries high death burden (that indeed have higher IFRs), and/or were done by inexperienced authors who used overtly wrong meta-analysis methods in a situation where there is extreme between-study heterogeneity. As the data for his analysis was drawn ‘predominantly from hard-hit epicenters’, Ioannides indicates that even lower ‘average values of 0.15–0.25% … and 0.03–0.04% for <70 years) as of October 2020 are plausible.' He also notes that in European countries with a large numbers of cases and deaths and in the U.S., 'many, and in many cases most, deaths occurred in nursing homes.'"

        "…in October, the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM) reported a 'presumed estimate' of global IFR at between 0.10% to 0.35%, noting that this will vary between populations due to differences in demographics."

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    Dee

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7:46 am

    Nobody realized yet that fabric masks can’t protect from anything?
    (really, this is the most stupid, shameful, propagandistic article ever published)

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    Cats r Great

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 8:01 am

    …..and the obvious fact is that every living thing on planet Earth will be or has been exposed to to this Corona Virus, not just people but all animal species, and some other species transmit and/or die from this. I lost several cats at the start of this (Oct 2019) and had at least one dog sick, while I myself was very sick with this respiratory flu. How many other creatures ecosystems are being impacted? How many food sources?

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    James Does

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:29 am

    In the article, “ DDC eases concerns about cool weather affecting the spread of Covid-19”, the DDC states “…sunshine are still effective to kill the virus…”. And here the DDC says sunshine does not have high enough temperature to kill the virus, which is contradicts the previous article statement.

    The sunshine that reaches the earth’s surface can not kill viruses Is because of the lack of UVC rays. High direct concentrations of UVC is needed to kill viruses. The sunshine’s short wave UVC rays are filtered out in the ozone and do not reach the earth’s surface.

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