‘Fake news is very dangerous, perhaps more lethal than COVID-19 itself, in more ways than one.’
ONE of the greatest inventions of man inspired by the desire to share information is the internet. The impetus started in the 1960s “as a way for government researchers to share information.” The initial computer was a humongous, immobile unit the size of an entire room. On January 1, 1983, the internet was born, as a Swiss computer programmer, Tim Berners-Lee, introduced the World Wide Web (www), a “web” of massive information which internet users could retrieve and share, making the encyclopedia, among hundreds of other books, obsolete.
Today, we have this “computer” at the palm of our hands, the lightest less than 35 grams, hundred times faster, with gigantic storage space, with amazingly versatility in its functions, most addicting, serving as our most valuable companion, and truly indispensable, a modern gadget called cellphone. Most of us could no longer function with comfort and confidence, or even GPS our way around without it. It seems we could not live without it, almost fully dependent on it and following what it tells, transforming this supposedly slave of ours into our master.
But just like any good discovery or invention, the internet, in the hands of some twisted or criminal members of our species, is used to confuse, instill doubt and fear, for them to achieve a perverted sense of gratification and/or for financial or political gains by spewing out misinformation or actual lies. They are the scammers, identity thieves, corporate hackers – cyberspace criminals victimizing countless people around the globe. Some aim to create chaos and to destroy, for no reason all. The internet is obviously a double-edged sword. It could be used by men of goodwill as an instrument to pursue and defend and attain justice, peace, prosperity, and happiness, for all, or as a destructive weapon to devastate, maim, or kill, not only the body but the soul and spirit of man.
Worst of all, disinformation or posting or sharing fake news during this COVID-19 pandemic could lead to killing millions of lives more than the current global deaths of almost 2.5 million in about 105 million cases (USA-26,924,998 cases, with 455,000 deaths; The Philippines: 529,000 cases, with about 11,000 deaths).
A public disservice
An example of the disinformation, which sounds like an evil intent to misinform deliberately, is this post by a Jon Rappoport, emailed to me by a colleague from New York, which says, “There are several reasons to reject and ignore ALL COVID statistics. Chief among the reasons—no one has proved that the virus, SARS-CoV-2, exists.”
The claim that “no one has proved that the virus SARS-Cov2 virus exists” is simply stupidity and almost hilarious. The global medical community and the entire world (obviously except Jon Rappoport and his kind) have not only proven this existence of the SARS-CoV2 virus and its variants in the laboratory, killing almost 2.5 million people in 219 countries around the globe from a pandemic called COVID-19 (Rappoport also denies there is a pandemic!), that even a kindergartener knows there is pandemic caused by a virus ravaging the world today. Even the blind can see this. Only a lunatic or a criminal with a 20/20 vision who has a sinister goal would deny the existence of such a virus and the presence of this COVID-19 pandemic.
RN refuses the vaccines
Unfortunately, Rappoport is not the only one. There are dozens and dozens of brainless individuals out there in the social media pouring gasoline on the fire of fear and confusion, about the COVID-19 testing, its treatment, and now with the vaccines. As a result, the doubt in the people’s mind is magnified to the extent that even a registered nurse vehemently stated on a television interview that she was so afraid of the dangers of the vaccine and its component she was definitely not getting the vaccines. This, and all misinformation, sends the wrong and dangerous message to the public. Those uninformed, ignorant, and gullible individuals could fall victims to misguided assertions like this and refuse testing where needed and object to vaccination, making them carefree, careless, and getting infected, thus becoming virus spreader and potential accidental killers of the vulnerable people. Fake news is very dangerous, perhaps more lethal than COVID-19 itself, in more ways than one.
We are all in this fight together as a people, as a global nation. Let us cease and desist from helping these crazy people spread their hurtful lies and misinformation by deleting them from our devices and not sharing them with our friends in social media or messenger.
Precious human lives are at stake here. If we cannot chip in to help, let us not help these cruel people chip away the life of our disciplined fellowmen who are suffering and sacrificing, following the CDC guidelines religiously to be safe and to protect others, too
Philip S. Chua, MD, FACS, FPCS, a Cardiac Surgeon Emeritus based in Northwest Indiana and Las Vegas, Nevada, is an international medical lecturer/author, a Health Public Advocate, and Chairman of the Filipino United Network-USA, a 501(c)3 humanitarian and anti-graft foundation in the United States. Visit our websites: philipSchua.com and FUN8888.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org