How to Get Updates about Wuhan Virus without Worrying about Fake News

It is the 3rd day of the Chinese New Year and by right, I should be wishing all a Happy Lunar New Year. Instead, the world is now plagued with an invisible enemy, the Wuhan Virus.

With 81 deaths and more than 2,700 cases of the Wuhan Virus (2019-nCov) in China (as of this writing), it is crucial to differentiate real and fake news. Singapore Government has set up a WhatsApp Subscription group just for that.

First, you have to fill in a simple form to subscribe to it. Next, you will receive a WhatsApp message and follow a simple instruction to send your first message to it. That is all. Here is the link

https://go.gov.sg/whatsapp

After subscription, here my first message.

If you can’t read it, here it is.

We’re sorry if you’ve experienced delays in responses! There are a lot of new subscribers today, and we’re encountering some issues with load. While we sort out the issue, here are some updates on the Wuhan coronavirus:

There remain 4 confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus in Singapore.

Unfounded rumour: There is a rumour circulating online that an individual has died of the Wuhan coronavirus infection at a shopping mall in Singapore. MOH has clarified that there had been no deaths among suspect or confirmed cases.

Masks: There is generally no need for you to wear a mask if you are not ill. You’ll only need to wear a surgical mask if you are unwell so you don’t infect others. There are sufficient masks in the warehouses and government stockpiles as long as people use them responsibly. There is no need to hoard masks. Doing so will deprive others who really need them.

Stay updated at www.moh.gov.sg

[Sent by Gov.sg]

I think at this moment, it is important to get the information correct. For example, a piece of recent fake news or misinterpreted news is saying that 90K people had died. I believe this is not true as the footage is saying 90K infected. Again, nothing is confirmed. Just be careful what you share online or offline.

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Take care!