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The Deaf and Dumb feel reassured in coronavirus times
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The Deaf and Dumb feel reassured in coronavirus times

A thoughtful college student has been able to come to the rescue of deaf and dumb community which was finding it extremely difficult to communicate their plight, at a time when the pandemic forces us to show a smile through the various varieties of face masks.

Hailing from Illinois, a college senior student, Ashley Lawrence has been thoughtful to design masks which have a plastic strip on the mouth part that will help the deaf and dumb community to continue to use sign language to communicate.
Lawrence is majoring in deaf education and is a senior at Eastern Kentucky University. This makes so much sense as she could empathize with the deaf and dumb community. She has now posted photos of two face mask designs, both with transparent screens around the mouth.

The American community is more and more moving towards making their own masks. There has been a paucity of masks. The certified high quality N95 masks are low in numbers. Medical personnel have been forced to reuse and rehash their old ones.

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Literally, all people have been advised to not move around without some or the other kind of mask. Federal officials in America have been asking civilians to use any kind of masks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved certain kinds of materials for making masks at home. It has recently posted a no-sew mask pattern using a bandanna and a coffee filter as well as a video on making masks using rubber bands and folded fabrics found at home.

According to Dr. Scott Segal, chairman of anesthesiology at Wake Forest Baptist Health, a simple test can help you decipher if the fabric is worth making a protective mask or not. “Hold it up to a bright light. If light passes really easily through the fibers and you can almost see the fibers, it’s not a good fabric. If it’s a denser weave of thicker material and light doesn’t pass through it as much, that’s the material you want to use.”

People are making use of old pajamas, origami vacuum bags, pillow cases etc. Some are also making use of bra cups due to the fact they are breathable materials and can act as excellent covers.

Christians celebrate Easter in isolation, the extraordinary display of the holy shroud reminds us of God’s love that saves
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Christians celebrate Easter in isolation, the extraordinary display of the holy shroud reminds us of God’s love that saves

“Because life is measured by love”. Pope Francis said on the first Palm Sunday broadcast live and celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica, in an empty square – as was the one on March 27, during the pray for the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. For Christians this year, Easter, in which the resurrection of Christ is commemorated, will be lived in isolation, the luckiest with their families, in many suns. The new coronavirus shows man’s impotence in the face of certain events, lays bare our fears, reveals the loneliness of the human condition, arousing a desperate need for love. In the time when the new plague devastates our lives, banishing hugs, kisses and handshakes, the need for love becomes more concrete. The covid-19 involuntarily becomes the bearer of another love message: with the closure of mosques, churches, temples and synagogues, the only place where we can meet with God remains our heart.

We then desperately seek love, to overcome the pain that is devastating us, especially those who have lost relatives or have a loved one hospitalized. The question that has always plagued the humanity returns to torment us during this health global emergency: ‘Why does God allow all this? Where is his mercy? Where his love? “. For Christians, even Jesus, on the Cross, experienced abandonment. “Because when we feel our backs against the wall, when we find ourselves in a dead end, with no light and no way out, when it seems that even God is not responding, we remember that we are not alone”. Pope Francis said, adding that “today, in the tragedy of the pandemic, in the face of so many certainties that crumble, in the face of so many betrayed expectations, in the sense of abandonment that grieves our hearts, Jesus says to everyone: Courage: open the heart to my love. You will feel the consolation of God, who sustains you “. “My God, my God, why did you abandon me?” Jesus also asked when alone on the cross.

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But sometimes, faith is not enough. We need something material that reminds us of God’s love for us. To remind us that love is stronger and this force will save us once again. “This is the Easter announcement that the Shroud brings us to relive and fills our hearts with gratitude and faith. Faith in his resurrection”. The bishop of Turin said, announcing the extraordinary worldwide exhibition of the Holy Shroud on live streaming on Saturday. The Shroud, the linen veil that enclosed the body of Jesus, shows how Jesus lived the pain, like us, more than we do today. It testifies to us his closeness, his resemblance to us in suffering. But it indicates also that the ultimate goal is not death. In his battered body we see the traces of flagellation, the crowning of thorns and beatings that prelude to the death sentence; the mold left in the wounds of the knees, caused by the falls; the traces on the shoulders of the patibulum, the cross. And again, we see the reopening of the scourging wounds, when Jesus is removed from his tunic; the nail holes on the wrists and feet, an evident trace of the crucifixion; the sign of death, in the great wound on the side from which blood and serum flow. Finally, the deposition and burial in the white sheet procured by Giuseppe of Arimatea.

The world today needs the physicality of those wounds, which make Jesus so close to us. But the Shroud ignites hope – which becomes certainty – that it does not end with death. We see the image of his body, composed and solemn, but imprinted in a mysterious way by a phenomenon that has yellowed linen as light does. The remaining blood crusts, partially dissolved, testify a contact time of about 36-40 hours. The hours of the evening of Good Friday, of Holy Saturday, of the dawn of Easter. Not more. That body did not remain in the sepulchre, there are no signs of putrefaction. The Shroud as well as the crucifix, which Pope Francis invites us to look at, helps us find something solid to hold on to, like the migrant who drowns in the middle of the sea clings to the lifebuoy of the rescuers. Like the cloak of Jesus, which the sick woman wanted to touch in order to be healed. In a time when we feel the fear of death stronger, the Shroud encloses us with the warmth of the love of the One who gave his life for us. “Contemplating that face it is not us looking at Him but He is who looks at us and invites us to consider how much he suffered for our salvation but also how much this suffering is a prelude to the Easter of Resurrection and therefore a source of life and hope for all” . Suggests the Pope. God saved us by letting our evil rage on him. Without reacting, only with the humility, patience and obedience of the servant, exclusively with the strength of love. For believers, God did not defeat the evil that fell upon his son Jesus, but supported his suffering, so that our evil could be overcome only with good, so that it would be completely crossed by love. Without a COVID-19 vaccine or medicine, the only certainty we have is that love will save us.

US designates Russian white supremacist group as terrorists for the first time
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US designates Russian white supremacist group as terrorists for the first time

The United States designated the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM), a Russian nationalist group, as a foreign terrorist organization. The announcement came from the White House on April 6, wherein the US Counter-Terrorism said that this is the first time the country has ever designated supremacist terrorists. Blacklisting the Russian Imperial Movement, Nathan Sales, coordinator for the state department counter-terrorism, also maintained that the Trump administration takes such threats very seriously. In his statement on the matter, Sales said that the group has “innocent blood on its hands”.

Along with the group, the United States has also labelled three of its top leaders (Stanislav Anatolyevich Vorobyev, Denis Valliullovich Gariev, and Nikolay Nikolayevich Trushchalov) as specially designated global terrorists which will ensure that they separate sanctions.

As per the provision of the terror designation, the members of the group will not be allowed to enter the United States and all their assets in the country will be frozen. Furthermore, the Trump administration will be authorized to block the Americans from involving in any financial transactions with the members of the group.

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Reportedly, the Russian Imperial Movement is an ultra-nationalist paramilitary group based in St Petersburg. The group is believed to have neo-Nazi militants training camps in Western Europe and has aided election interference in the US. The group has alleged involvement in the neo-Nazi string of bombing in the Swedish city of Gothenburg in 2016 and 2017 which targeted the immigrants in the European country. The bombings were carried out by two attackers who received training from RIM. They were later arrested, tried and convicted by the Swedish authorities.

The decision to designate the group as a terrorist organization came by the White House owing to the executive order signed by Donald Trump in 2019 which gave the right to sanction foreign organizations based on their participation in terror activities. The US President has been facing criticism over his failure to take action against the violence propagated by the white supremacy groups in the US. He has also been called out by many for extending support to European nationalist politicians.
In 2019, the US President designated Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization.

USA: Trump’s administration under close surveillance.
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USA: Trump’s administration under close surveillance.

After President Donald Trump fires the US intelligence inspector general late on Friday night. The top US federal regulatory body vowed to continue to pursue “strict” independent oversight of government agencies.

“Michael Atkinson, who was fired by Trump, was known for his “integrity, professionalism, and adherence to the law and independent oversight.” Michael Horowitz, Justice Department’s General Inspector, said in a statement.

In a letter to Congress on Thursday, Trump said he would fire the US intelligence chief, who had a role in conducting the president’s accountability investigation last year within 30 days.

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The dismissal came at a time when the general inspectors responsible for independent federal bodies’ oversight were recently tasked with extensive oversight of the Corona pandemic plan, including spending the historic financial budget of 2.3 trillion dollars to reduce the epidemic’s economic impact.

“The general inspectors will continue to carry out strict independent oversight of the bodies we monitor,” Horowitz said in a statement, Atkinson said that the report which disclosed the secrets in achieving Trump’s accountability was credible concerning Trump’s misuse of his position in an attempt to seek Ukraine’s interference in the2020’s US elections for his personal benefit.

The Democrat-led Representatives’ House voted after controversial party hearings, to approve Trump’s accountability as a prelude to his removal, but the Republican-led Senate cleared these charges in early February.

Risks and authors of narratives and disinformation around COVID-19
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Risks and authors of narratives and disinformation around COVID-19

Fake news and misleading narratives about the new coronavirus, COVID-19, continue to fill digital platforms and social network pages around the world, with potentially harmful consequences for public health, economy and international relations. Some state actors and think thank connected to them try to exploit the current global emergency to advance some geopolitical interests or to promote their own strategic agendas. Claims that the EU is disintegrating in the face of COVID-19 are trending on social media in the Arab world and in Asia as articles covering conspiracy narratives such as that “the virus was man-made” or intentionally spread through 5G internet providers.

At the beginning of the pandemic, in the Chinese information space, there were attempts to suggest for instance that the new coronavirus was brought to Wuhan by US military personnel during the World Military Games in October, or that it may have originated in Italy. In Montenegro, the government’s emergency measures were framed by actors as being directed at the Serbian Orthodox Church. Miracle cures and vaccines ready in short time were reported by many editors with potentially devastating effects on public health and social cohesion. In Africa, hate campaigns against social and ethnic groups are going viral in some countries. China’s proactive communication around support delivery creates reputational challenges for other donors.

A research of the European Union External Action (EASS) evidenced that in false and distorted health information continues to circulate widely in the Turkish social media, while COVID-19 is nurturing anti-EU discourses and criticism towards the EU, also more publicly in Turkey of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In the Western Balkans – EEAS revealed – conspiracy theories suggesting the virus is a US bioweapon or pretext for a foreign invasion continue trending. The COVID crisis is linked to the existing narrative that the EU is “turning its back” on the Western Balkans and to Italy. Chinese state-controlled media and social media channels strongly promoted the idea that the Chinese model is superior in tackling COVID-19, while highlighting global expressions of gratitude for Chinese aid delivery, including in Italy while EU was not doing anything.

The EU is failing to deal with the pandemic, the Union is about to collapse. The European Union accused pro-Kremlin sources to be behind this worldwide misinformation campaign, but also several domestic networks/sources in EU Member States, Eastern Partnership countries, the MENA region, the Western Balkans, and African countries. In the MENA region, for instance, the idea that the EU is “dismantling” in the face of COVID-19 is widely propagated as well Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, entrusting his country to the will of God having finished the earthly possibilities. Words that obviously Conte never pronounced.

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Since August 2019, ProPublica has tracked more than 10,000 suspected fake Twitter accounts involved in a coordinated influence campaign with ties to the Chinese government. Among those are the hacked accounts of users from around the world that now post propaganda and disinformation about the coronavirus outbreak, the Hong Kong protests and other topics of state interest. They included a professor in North Carolina, a graphic artist and a mother in Massachusetts, a web designer in the U.K., and a business analyst in Australia.

Governments are increasingly facing with the choice of limiting press freedom or protecting their interests and public health. Reporters Without Borders (RSF), launched recently “Tracker 19”, a tool made for an unprecedented global crisis. So named in reference not only to Covid-19 but also article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which affirms that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. RSF project aims to evaluate the pandemic’s impacts on journalism. It will document state censorship and deliberate disinformation, and their impact on the right to reliable news and information.

Tiger at US zoo becomes first animal to test positive for COVID-19 virus
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Tiger at US zoo becomes first animal to test positive for COVID-19 virus

In the first-known incident in animals, a female tiger in New York’s Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the novel COVID-19 virus, the zoo and federal officials informed on April 5. The 4-year-old Malayan tigress started showing symptoms of respiratory illness, following which her samples were taken for testing. She later tested positive for the Coronavirus, confirmed by Iowa’s National Veterinary Services.

After the Malayan tiger named Nadia fell sick, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions also started showing symptoms of the virus which included dry cough and loss of appetite among others. However, as per reports, they have not yet been tested by authorities. Officials expect them to recover from the illness as they are doing well under complete veterinary care at the zoo. They have been kept under proper care and are being monitored regularly by the authorities.

According to the statement released by the zoo officials, the animals got infected by a zoo caretaker who was “asymptomatically infected with COVID-19” while he was taking care of the animals. However, no other animals except the seven big cats have shown symptoms of illness. The zoo officials said that the positive test results of the tiger took them by surprise.

The United States Department of Agriculture (UNDA) has released a statement advising the people infected with the COVID-19 disease to restrict their contact with animals as well.

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While the Malayan tiger is the first animal tested positive for the novel virus in the United States, reports are stating there are few pets in parts of the world who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, which is that virus that causes COVID-19. Two dogs in Hong Kong and a domestic cat in Belgium, reportedly, showed symptoms of the virus.

New York’s Bronx Zoo was temporarily closed for public visits on March 16 amid the pandemic outbreak in the United States. It empty parking, however, was converted into a highly protective testing center for Coronavirus for Montefiore Medical Center employees.

In light of the recent findings, there are some researchers who have been conducting tests under the vulnerability of different animal species to the virus. At present, the United States has over 3,37,00 positive COVID-19 cases with over 9,000 deaths due to the virus.

Coronavirus treatment and vaccine, the only hope for a return to normal
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Coronavirus treatment and vaccine, the only hope for a return to normal

It seems that without a treatment or a vaccine the coronavirus emergency (COVID-19) is destined to continue and the return to normal is more and more complicated. After Wuhan, the first epicenter of the pandemic in China, tried to gradually remove the restrictive measures for residents, Beijing yesterday recorded a new local transmission case of Covid-19 in the province of Hubei, and 18 ‘imported’ cases. In the country there are now 888 cases of return, or linked abroad. Four more people died in Wuhan, the National Health Commission reported. There are 1,030 asymptomatic subjects, after 64 others were identified yesterday, 38 of which only in Hubei. In the past seven days, among the ‘imported’ cases, 190 people have been discharged, while 698 remain in the hospital and among these there are 17 patients in intensive care. The new official report therefore speaks of 3,326 coronavirus deaths and 81,639 infections, 50,008 just in Wuhan. According to the National Health Commission, 76,751 patients have been discharged from Chinese hospitals since the beginning of the emergency.

But what are the hopes that science offers us today?

After an initial trial on ten patients, thousands of people affected by COVID-19 with satisfactory results in subjects with severe forms of infection and with negligible infusion-related side effects were treated by Dr. Lu Ming, of Wuhan, head of a delegation of Chinese doctors supporting the Italian hospital Policlinic San Matteo in Pavia in the treatment of coronavirus with the plasma of patients recovered. According to the Chinese team, positive results are seen 24-48 hours after the plasma infusion of the healed subjects who developed the antibodies to the new disease. This experimental therapy with plasma infusions from healed patients, already conducted in China, began at the San Matteo hospital in Pavia last week. The concept is to take plasma from the blood of healed or convalescent people. The plasma is then analysed to evaluate the number of antibodies and finally infused in sick patients. In this way, the antibodies themselves are put back into circulation with the aim of helping to fight the infection leading to recovery. Among the first donors are some citizens of Casalpusterlengo, in the province of Lodi, one of the first outbreaks in northern Italy that tested negative after the infection. But the results so far are completely uncertain and it is not possible to make predictions, even if plasma infusions are not an absolute novelty. The technique is already in use on people with coagulation problems, in which the risks are related to those of a normal infusion.

Work in progress to find a vaccine.

In the United States, there are many universities and pharmaceutical companies working to find a vaccine for the new coronavirus. Encouraging signs come from the University of Pittsburgh where a team of researchers coordinated by the Italian Andrea Gambotto and Professor Louis Falo have completed the phase of experimentation on mice of a possible vaccine against Saars-Cov2. The Pittsburgh’s research aims to the creation of a sort of patch that would be ready for industrial production within 5 months. The first goal of the tests is to rule out the toxicity of a vaccine. Usually this is first tested on mice, then on monkeys, finally on humans, before being produced and distributed. In some cases, the primate test phase is skipped. If it will also be done in the case of coronavirus, experts believe that the time to have a vaccine available will certainly shorten, but we cannot deceive ourselves that it is ready in a few weeks or months, it will still take about a year.

What are the other therapies available today?

In the race to find an effective cure, many hypotheses have been heard, from Avigan used in some cases in Japan, to fast vaccines. Today the most concrete and effective way is represented by antivirals and in particular by Remdesivir. This is a drug currently used experimentally and in compassionate use, therefore in emergency situations in which other treatments are ineffective. Coronavirus seems to be a staged disease, in which already existing anti-inflammatories, such as cortisone, in some cases has given excellent results as well as the use of an anti-Ebola drug or hydroxychloroquine, used in the treatment of rheumatic diseases.

But there are still many things we don’t know about covid-19.

At the beginning of the epidemic, doctors and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the mask was only for those who had contracted the coronavirus, nurses, doctors and those who were in close contact with possible sources of infection. Now, things are changing. WHO is seriously considering the latest scientific studies on the spread of COVID-19 in the air and has said it is ready to review the guidelines on masks. David Heymann, head of the WHO working group, said that “we are studying the latest scientific evidence and new research could lead to a change in the mask guidelines”. The Lydia Bourouiba of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge concentrated their studies on the speed, the permanence in the air and the distance travelled by the droplets of saliva emitted by patients who can transmit invective diseases such as the current COVID-19. It turned out that a sneeze creates a cloud of both droplets and small droplets that can go up to 8 meters away. Droplets emitted with sneezing and coughing from infected people can travel up to two meters and then fall by gravity. If there are no hazards outdoors, in particular closed environments such as hospitals, without adequate air changes, the rooms could become saturated with infected air.

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How lockdown is leading to leak of confidential information
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How lockdown is leading to leak of confidential information

As most of the population of the world is getting into a lockdown situation, as the only resort to prevent the Corona Virus from spreading any further, the way we work is transforming. Work From Home (WFH) has become the norm of the current times. Most corporate are functioning through the WFH strategy to work. But with this, comes the perils of information leak too.

Apparently, professional lawyers are being warned by their firms to be weary of technological gadgets like Alexa. It is confirmed that Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s voice assistant listens to all your private and confidential conversations, breaching the client-lawyer privilege.

Law firms have now started advices its staff working from home issued advice to staff to mute or shut off listening devices. It suggested not having any of the devices near their work space at all.

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Other devices used as smart technology at home are all Artificial intelligence enabled and can pose to be a threat to the confidentiality clause that lawyers and bankers have to maintain. While Amazon and Google has confirmed that their devices only get activated when they hear a familiar word being used with the environment they are set in, recent testing by Northeastern University and Imperial College London has found that these devices can activate inadvertently between 1.5 and 19 times a day.

Other than this, applications like TikTok are known to have been tracking every click and all activity on the user mobile devises and is gradually being banned across America. In the recent past, technology companies have been under fire for compromising with user privacy by having teams of human auditors listen to conversations without consent to improve their AI algorithms.

How TikTok is a potential threat to America’s national  security
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How TikTok is a potential threat to America’s national security

Believing that the Chinese make social media application TikTok could be a threat to national security of America. Considered the most downloaded application in 2019, the Republican Senator David Hawley has passed a legislation to ban the use of the app on any of the devices private or of governmental use, if held by any federal employee.

Hawley who is currently serving as the junior United States Senator from Missouri, spoke about the way the application invades into the privacy of the user. Seeing it as a huge breach in governmental handlings, the use of the same by any federal employee can be catastrophic.

According to Chinese government laws, the application is suppose to share all its user data. It is owned by a Chinese company which has Chinese communist members in leadership.
According to reliable sources, the information gathered by the application includes Information about messages, applications, sites you might be accessing, search history, location data and maybe lots more.

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The Pentagon, Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have all directed that none of their employees or family at home may have the TikTok application on their phones.
Owned by the company ByteDance, the company owns many other applications and is considered China’s facebook. It had come under scrutiny in 2017 when it was discovered that it was censoring content that ‘could anger and displease governments’ where they were operating. It was later discovered that on pressure from the Chinese lawmakers, the company was sharing user data with the leadership.

Several American lawmakers had already pressed for investigations into the working of the application in October 2017. Even other AI enabled instruments like Alexa could be a potential breach in confidentiality. Working from home in the lockdown period, a lot of lawyers have warned their clients to keep the Alexa at bay. It could be actually listening to confidential conversations.

Misinformation can kill us faster than Covid-19
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Misinformation can kill us faster than Covid-19

Coronavirus, since its origin about four months ago in Wuhan in China, has not only spread infection but also countless wild stories and conspiracy theories about its origins, its effects, its cure. Last week, more than 300 people in Iran died and over 1000 became ill after consuming toxic methanol amid rumours that it can cure Covid-19. The Islamic Republic is one of the worst hit nations by the outbreak, with the corona positive count reaching 44,605 and death toll 2,898. But the authorities are struggling not only in controlling the pandemic but also the spread of online misinformation.

In India, there were reports of hundreds of chickens found dead as people believed that coronavirus was passed on to humans through birds or vice versa and so to curtail its further spread a whole lot got killed.

As per a Buzzfeed report, misinformation led to riots in a small village in Ukraine, which lasted for two days. On 18 February a plane from Wuhan, China, (epicentre of coronavirus) arrived in the country, and rumours started circulating that those on board were infected with Covid-19. After landing, the passengers were immediately taken to an undisclosed medical facility. Rioters prevented the bus from entering their village by throwing stones and blocking way, fearing that the evacuees would infect all. Later after testing the evacuees, government announced that none of the passenger was corona infected. So there was nothing to worry about, yet so much chaos to handle.

In the words of WHO director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, “We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic. He emphasised that if we did not control it, “we are headed down a dark path that leads nowhere but division and disharmony”.

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In the age of social media, misinformation spreads faster than any virus which is far more dangerous as it increases human anxiety, putting them in survival mode and eventually overtaking the elements of empathy, unity, kindness and humanity. A similar trend was visible as soon as the whole world went into lockdown – which led to hoarding, disrupted supply chains, export ban, de-globalisation and de-regionalsim. A simple example of how Germany and the Netherlands refused to help Italy in unitedly raising ‘corona bonds’ (emergency EU bonds) sums it up all.

It is only human to calm anxiety by gathering more information about the threat and trying to make out loved ones informed and prepared. But this approach would have made sense in pre-internet era, where information was put out majorly by official government sources. But in the age of social media and search engines it is hard to differentiate fake from facts. Unfortunately, there are a lot of platforms functioning for economic or propaganda/ idealogical purposes, rather than sharing reliable information. For all you would know, you might be spreading a rumour by even sharing a meme or a joke (may be on empty shelves) which could triggers panic among people.

So the way forward is to fight Covid-19 as it was done during 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, by social distancing. We need to distance ourselves both in person and online. Not matter how tempting an information/ meme/ joke looks like, don’t share it. Anything official and important would be shared through more authentic channels and institutions.

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