TOP TEN FLU RUMOURS LAID BARE

Here’s a quick CCN fact-check on ten top worrying rumours. If you’d like us to look at any more, let us know and post below.

1.
RUMOUR
The virus is being spread at gas pumps: watch out for gas pumps!
REALITY
Yes and No. The virus is highly transmissible and a gas pump is no different from any other hard surface touched by thousands of people: doorknobs, switches – you can’t cover it all. Just wash your hands, wash yourself, disinfect your kitchen top and sink and bathroom at home and if you’re still worried: don’t be embarrassed to wear cotton gloves for a while when you’re out and about.

2
RUMOUR
You only get it if you’re old
REALITY
No. The virus affects the weak and elderly most, like all illnesses. But it can affect and could kill anyone.

3
RUMOUR
It’s a chemical weapon developed in Wuhan’s secretive biochemical research laboratory.
REALITY
No. The virus was very rapidly identified by epidemiologists and those same people will assure you that a manufactured virus can be identified. This is a natural phenomenon. (Note: since this post, US intelligence reports have indicated the virus may have accidentally spread from the Wuhan Lab: there is no firm evidence of this, and the contention is not that the virus is man-made, but that a natural virus was being handled or cultivated at the Lab and was accidentally transferred to a human.)

4
RUMOUR
There’s nothing we can do about it, we’re all going to die
REALITY
No. There’s a tremendous amount all of us can do about it, which will directly save lives. You may have confused reasonable alarm over how the health services will cope with the extra strain – meaning how they will continue to offer day to day health care – with the reaction to the threat posed by the virus itself. That threat is real but in no way apocalyptic. If we give up or freak out, that’s when problems start escalating.

5
RUMOUR
There’s nothing we can do about it, so it’s best if everyone just gets it, then at least the economy doesn’t crash
REALITY
No. The one surefire way to crash the economy and needlessly kill a lot of people is to send a massive spike of flu sufferers to hospital at once and crash the health service. Until less stressful times return we live in the United Soviet Socialist Republic of Cornwall.

6
RUMOUR
If I don’t take special care of my Gran and Grandad or Aunts and Uncles they could die
REALITY
Yes. If you don’t take special care of your Gran and Grandad or Aunts and Uncles they could die. But the great majority of even the over 80s survive, so just be cool.

7
RUMOUR
Kids don’t get it
REALITY
No. The only thing a small number of kids don’t get is that if they don’t do as their told now they could pay for it with either their own or someone else’s life later.

8
RUMOUR
The masks will save me
REALITY
Yes but only in certain very limited situations. They are very low on the list of effective measures.

9
RUMOUR
The masks are useless.
REALITY
No, but you should use only two different types and within reason: Surgical and N95/FFP3. The first protects others if you have a cold, the second protects others and you. People say the masks are useless because they are one use only, and not as effective as other measures. But used sparingly, in for instance air conditioned environments – like planes, coaches and so on – they’re perfectly sensible.

10
RUMOUR
Cornish people hate outsiders. We only want tourists here to spend money.
REALITY
No. Cornish people are as freaked out as everybody else. We’re worried that if a lot of people from across Britain drive down for Easter and act like nothing’s happened, we’ll not be able to flatten the infection curve, and become a hard hit area. We love everybody. We just want them to behave.

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