Coronavirus: Fact-checking fake stories in Africa

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The comedian Thandokwakhe Mseleku published the video of his television look on Instagram and YouTube.In the video, he says: “Sanitiser has got 70% alcohol, so if you are drinking alcohol, it resembles you are sanitizing your inside.” Judging by some of the comments to the video, people clearly believed it was genuine. The comic later identified his videos as parody. We have actually asked Thandokwakhe Mseleku for a remark. Consuming alcohol-based hand sanitiser is very dangerous and has actually caused deaths. It definitely doesnt secure you from coronavirus.Claim: Eating high-alkaline foods can remove the virusVerdict: False.A misleading poster declaring to offer guidance from inside seclusion hospitals on what to do to safeguard somebody from coronavirus has been circulating on social media in Africa.It claims that the acidity of the virus can be removed by taking in high-alkaline foods, and lists a range of fruits with their evident pH levels.

The message makes different dubious claims about the origins of the infection, including the widely-shared false notion that the pandemic was a prepared occasion, a so-called plandemic. It likewise includes false claims about obligatory vaccinations and the participation of Bill Gates in controling events.Weve formerly written in detail about these obligatory vaccine rumours and the plandemic conspiracy theory.Different variations of the clip have actually been distributed in Europe, North America and Africa. One, posted on a Nigerian YouTube channel, has clocked up more than 400,000 views. The male who runs the channel says he altered the title of the video to “Africa Leader … Exposes Bill Gates Deadly Vaccine For Africa” after people in the comments explained it incorrectly called the Ghanaian president. However, Nana Akufo-Addos photo is still showing. Claim: Drinking alcohol can ward off coronavirusVerdict: This false claim was intended as satire, however has been extensively shared in Africa.A satirical video of a males response to the re-imposition of an alcohol sale ban in South Africa on a TELEVISION news channel has actually been seen countless times on Facebook and is likewise distributing on WhatsApp.The video has actually been edited to replace a senior agent of the Liquor Traders Association of South Africa (who was being talked to), with a comedian.

As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases throughout Africa passed the one million mark this week, weve looked into some of the widely shared phony news about the pandemic on the continent.Claim: Ghanas president has endorsed a conspiracy theory videoVerdict: FalseA voice tape-recording backing numerous incorrect conspiracies about the coronavirus pandemic has actually been attributed to the President of Ghana. Ghanas Information Minister has validated that the voice was not the presidents and said the claim was “obviously false”.

A London-based vlogger responded to the French doctors comments by falsely declaring that vaccine trials were already under way in Guinea, and made the further false allegation that two kids had actually died as an outcome. The video was shown with what was declared to be a regional news report showing discontent on the streets and interviews with sick children.In truth, the news report was from March 2019, prior to the coronavirus outbreak began, and the event was not related to a vaccine. The Guinean health ministry put out a declaration at the time which discussed some individuals had actually experienced side-effects after being offered an anti-parasitic drug treatment. According to authorities spoken with in the report itself and local articles, there were no deaths reported from this treatment.The declares in the video first surfaced in May and were debunked at the time, however they have continued to circulate on Facebook and closed WhatsApp groups, and have been viewed around 25,000 times on YouTube. Coronavirus vaccine trials in Africa: What you require to knowLocal reality checkers are striving to expose these and other incorrect stories flowing online. Lee Mwiti from Africa Check states the most shared and long-lasting fallacies are those that have tapped into individualss stress and anxieties, vulnerabilities and “absence of control in a time of extraordinary interruption”.

The pH scale ranges from zero (extremely strong acids) to 14 (most alkaline). A pH of 7 is neutral.Some of the values in the shared poster are way off this scale: Avocados register 15.6 and Watercress 22.7. This is just incorrect.But would alkaline foods kill the virus?Different parts of the body have different natural pHs which are naturally kept in balance and cant be changed through diet. Blood is really somewhat alkaline, your stomach is acidic.So eating certain foods would not have an effect on the pH level inside cells.” Given that it would be difficult to increase the pH of your cells, then its a bit of a pointless argument to figure out if high pH would prevent the infection”, states Connor Bamford, a virologist at Queens University Belfast. According to Lee Mwiti, Chief Editor, Africa Check, the spread of false information on WhatsApp is a specific challenge for reality checkers. The messaging app is extremely popular throughout the African continent, but as a closed platform it is difficult to determine the spread of frauds and expose them. He says Africa Checks work with tiplines and podcasts suggests they are “rather positive that it is a strong source of misinformation”. Claim: A coronavirus vaccine trial in Africa has led to the death of two childrenVerdict: False. When two French physicians controversially recommended on French TELEVISION in April that early vaccine trials ought to be carried out in Africa, their comments triggered an uproar, consisting of amongst some in the African diaspora.

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As the number of verified coronavirus cases throughout Africa passed the one million mark this week, weve looked into some of the commonly shared fake news about the pandemic on the continent.Claim: Ghanas president has endorsed a conspiracy theory videoVerdict: FalseA voice recording endorsing different false conspiracies about the coronavirus pandemic has been attributed to the President of Ghana. It likewise includes incorrect claims about compulsory vaccinations and the involvement of Bill Gates in manipulating events.Weve formerly composed in detail about these obligatory vaccine rumours and the plandemic conspiracy theory.Different variations of the clip have been distributed in Europe, North America and Africa. The male who runs the channel states he altered the title of the video to “Africa Leader … Exposes Bill Gates Deadly Vaccine For Africa” after people in the remarks pointed out it inaccurately called the Ghanaian president. Claim: Drinking alcohol can ward off coronavirusVerdict: This false claim was planned as satire, but has actually been widely shared in Africa.A satirical video of a males response to the re-imposition of an alcohol sale restriction in South Africa on a TELEVISION news channel has actually been viewed thousands of times on Facebook and is also circulating on WhatsApp.The video has been modified to replace a senior representative of the Liquor Traders Association of South Africa (who was being talked to), with a comedian.

Claim: A coronavirus vaccine trial in Africa has actually led to the death of two childrenVerdict: False.

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