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“pseudo-scientific” speeches that sow confusion

The thesis of the hot and dry climate of Africa which would not be favorable to the coronavirus is part of these discourses which have not been validated by any scientific research.

If the African WHO counter has not yet panicked (435 cases and 10 deaths recorded on March 17), it clearly shows that the colonavirus is gaining ground every day on the continent. The list of countries affected by the pandemic continues to grow. Voices are now rising to denounce the fanciful information that circulated on social networks about an alleged “invulnerability” of Africans facing the coronavirus. It is high time to put an end to “these stupidities”, launches the newspaper The country from Burkina Faso.

The Ouagadougou daily warns “some scientists or so-called ” which reassure the populations by advancing the thesis of the climate of Africa which would not be favorable to the coronavirus. This kind of speech, devoid of any scientific basis, is dangerous, exclaims the newspaper.

To hear them indeed, beyond 20 degrees, the virus can not hold. This kind of speech can hurt AfricaLe Pays, daily newspaper of Burkina Faso

Would the Covid-19 be less comfortable with very dry and hot air? Would this virus live shorter in Africa than in wetlands? Asked about this, Doctor Massamba Diop, director of SOS Doctors in Dakar (Senegal), said: “This is a simple hypothesis. We know absolutely nothing about it today”, he told RFI. Indeed, no study has yet proven this to date.

It is not only the climate that has given rise to various free affirmations on social networks. Rumors have also circulated about a supposed invulnerability of Africans against the coronavirus, because the antibodies of a Black would be three times stronger and more resistant than those of a White. All this is just wind, says Dr. Diop.

I have never seen a virus that chose this or that human group. Obviously, it affects everyoneDr Massamba Diop, director of SOS Doctors-Dakarat RFI

By dint of hearing reassuring pseudo-scientific speeches, but ultimately false, populations risk settling in the certainty that they are not actually affected by the coronavirus, warns the newspaper The country.

Beyond the pseudo-scientific discourses which sow confusion in the minds of populations, another major difficulty is pointed out by the African press. It concerns the non-compliance with the measures put in place by the authorities in different countries of the continent in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. This is the case in Tunisia where collective prayers, however suspended by the authorities, would continue in certain regions, as if nothing had happened.

“In several regions of the country, the faithful were filmed and photographed, pressed against each other in front of closed mosques, to pray”, reports the news site Tunis Webdo.

All over Africa, the authorities are calling on people to respect the instructions given to protect themselves against the virus. Some governments have even warned those who spread false information about the coronavirus. They risk being prosecuted. This is the case in Senegal where some people do not hesitate to deny the very presence of the virus on the national territory. In addition to Senegal, Morocco called for vigilance in the face of the proliferation of such information. The Kingdom has assured that “all legal provisions will be taken” against those who disseminate them, reports APA news, the African Press Agency.

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