Hoaxes Aggravate Human Lives
Hoaxes now appear as dangerous as COVID-19 itself. The government and the public need to work hand in hand to prevent the spread of public misconceptions that could otherwise leave us wailing with regret later.
During the pandemic, social media has been flooded with hoaxes linked to the coronavirus. The false claims about SARS-CoV-2 have not only misled people but also contributed to many deaths.Grief still overwhelms the family of Ismawati, 36, a resident of East Jakarta. Early this month, her father-in-law Hasanudin, 63, died after being infected with COVID-19. He had been admitted to hospital for emergency treatment but died a few hours later.
Hasanudin's death raised a concern, not over the slow handling of the hospital but the false information about the coronavirus that, as the family claimed, had made him refuse to take a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) swab test. In fact, Hasanudin had contracted a fever two weeks back, a symptom linked to COVID-19.