Is COVID-19 a Bacterial Infection and Not a Virus? World Health Organization Fact Check Slams the False Viral Whatsapp Claim

A viral video is currently making rounds on WhatsApp and other social media platform claiming that COVID-19 is just a bacterial infection and not a virus, as deemed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The original poster of the video also shared a text along with the video saying WHO is cheating on the world and coronavirus can be treated within a day.

We investigated into the matter and found WHO clearly stating in its ‘Myth Buster’ section for the coronavirus that the nCOV is a virus.

The health authorities further said that people who are diagnosed with the coronavirus may also develop a bacterial infection. If this is the case, antibiotics are often suggested as part of the treatment.

The same information is relayed by several other global fact checking organisations, including FactCheck and FullFact.

The myth circulating around the social media regarding COVID-19 being a bacterial infection is fake, false and incorrect.
"FACT: The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by a virus. NOT by bacteria.", explained WHO on its "Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public" page.
Social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp are a haven for misinformation. However, ever since the COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the WHO, health authorities are urging the general population not to rely on any information that goes viral on these networks – and repeatedly check facts from the official website of WHO and relevant health authorities only.

Tech companies have also enhanced their fact-checking policies and are trying to limit the publication of controversial posts. Unfortunately, such information continues to affect masses, despite the precautions – causing further anxiety amongst the public.

Graphics courtesy of: WHO.

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