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KOMPAS.com – Wrong narratives on health topics have surfaced on social media this week, from fluoride in toothpaste to information related to Covid-19.
The false narrative related to the corona virus emerged amid the arrival of announcements from Pfizer and Moderna which succeeded in producing the Covid-19 vaccine beyond predictions.
Misinformation about wearing masks that are said to cause staph infections also came at a time when health protocols were implemented.
The following is a summary of five misinformation circulating on social media this week;
[KLARIFIKASI] Covid-19 Vaccine with mRNA Technology Has Never Been Tested and Damaged DNA
There are warnings on social media to be aware of the Covid-19 vaccine because the vaccine is produced using mRNA technology that has never been tested. The mRNA vaccine is also said to damage DNA.
The warning also said that as many as 75 percent of volunteer vaccine trials had experienced side effects.
In fact, a number of Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers do use mRNA technology that has never been tested. However, some experts emphasize that the mRNA vaccine does not alter or damage human DNA.
In addition, some of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine trial volunteers experienced mild to moderate side effects, such as dizziness and fever. These side effects are commonly called in the vaccination process.
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[HOAKS] Rice Is Heated More Than 6 Hours Turns To Toxic
Circulating narratives on social media and messaging applications about the dangers of consuming rice after it has been heated from a rice cooker or rice cooker.
The narrative is claimed to have come from a health consultant from the Indonesian Cancer Consultant Institute.
Explanations from nutritionists and source tracing show that the narrative is inaccurate. Nutritionists say that there is no difference in content between rice heated in a rice cooker and rice that has been chilled.
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[HOAKS] Drinking Water from a Copper Cup is Beneficial to Health
On social media, information circulates that drinking from a copper cup brings a number of health benefits to the body. These health benefits include killing bacteria and regulating the work of the thyroid gland.
Some health experts say there is no evidence to support these claims. Copper as a mineral that the body needs in small amounts has been obtained from food.
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[HOAKS] Wear a mask to cause a staph infection
A number of accounts on social media circulate information that wearing a mask can cause Staphylococcus or Staph infections. The picture in the narrative shows a woman with swollen lips and the area between the lips and nose is injured and red.
The narrative is untrue. Dermatologists say face masks do not result in staph infections. Meanwhile, epidemiologists assert, there is no scientific basis for these claims.
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[HOAKS] Fluoride in Toothpaste Cause Osteosarcoma Bone Cancer
Information spread on social media that says fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water is very dangerous because it can cause osteosarcoma or malignant bone cancer.
A number of studies have shown that there is no link between fluoride, including toothpaste and drinking water, with osteosarcoma.
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