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Myth busted

Posted on: February 26, 2020

I like a good joke as much as the next person.

For me, a good joke is a turn of phrase that is smart, observant, and above all, true to life. So I laughed at what one local satirist shared on Twitter.

But I stopped chuckling almost as soon as I started. The image was not hashtagged as satire and was meant to simulate a serious message from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

To be clear, the graphic is fake. It does not originate from the WHO, which has actual images busting myths about COVID-19.

I know that some will get the joke, but there are others who might propagate the image out of context and without checking for a source.

We do not need to add a “joke” to the existing dump of misinformation and disinformation. All these spread faster than COVID-19 and infect our capacity to think critically. But there is an inoculation — myth busting fuelled by skepticism.

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