Can nebuliser replace oxygen cylinders? Did WHO warn India about the number of Covid cases this month? Multiple such claims have been doing rounds on popular social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook. Let’s debunk some of these and give you a reality dose in these trying times.
Crux of the Matter
Fact Versus Reality
A lot of facts go around the social media platforms about Covid-19 and most of the time these facts are far away from the actual reality. These facts can be misleading and create confusion. Let us have a look at some of the facts doing rounds and the actual truth about them.
In these difficult times, look out for reliable sources like the Press Information Bureau before believing any of the claims circulating on social media.
- RT-PCR has risen to become the benchmark technology for the detection and/or comparison of RNA levels. Due to its simplicity, specificity and sensitivity, RT-PCR is used in a wide range of applications from experiments as simple as quantification of yeast cells in wine to more complex uses as diagnostic tools for detecting infectious agents.
- On 11 February 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) named the disease “COVID-19”, which is short for coronavirus disease 2019.