The Department of Health has dismissed a report making the rounds on social media encouraging people to engage in several hours of sexual intercourse as a cure for Covid-19.
THE NATIONAL Health Department has dismissed a report making the rounds on social media encouraging people to engage in several hours of sexual intercourse as a cure for Covid-19.
The Health Department distanced itself from the fake report that used its official logo.
The badly written fake report was riddled with many typos. “The only way we can beat this Coronavirus! note let’s keep everyone indoors at least four to six hours a day we confirm that sex is the only Madication we can use for now. let’s try to make many rounds as we can at least four to five per day until further notice. This is for elders only a health and strong Together we conquer. By Department of health republican of South Africa (sic).”
The department quickly sprang into action by issuing an advisory and marking the note, in red, as fake.
The national department and provincial departments have started to act more swiftly in seeking and rooting out fake news, especially on social media platforms, which can be a minefield for misinformation.
The Health Department has recently asked consumers to be more vigilant and to rely on government platforms for credible information on the pandemic and interventions to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Heartlines Dr Garth Japhet recently appealed to members of the public to “pause before you post as, much like the virus, each of us has the power to break the link of infection and protect ourselves and others”.