Disinfo: Frequent hand washing does not protect you from COVID-19

Summary

Doctor: Frequent hand washing does not protect you from COVID-19. Frequent hand washing does not protect against a coronavirus infection. The belief that frequent washing of hands repels the coronavirus does not seem to have a factual basis.

The former chief medical correspondent for NBC and CBS News says the current emphasis on frequent hand washing maintains a myth that has not yet been substantiated. He said: “You can wash your hands all day, but you will still get the coronavirus.”

Disproof

There is no medical evidence to support the claim that hand washing is useless against the coronavirus.

The WHO, the EU and its national health ministries, as well as all major international health organisations, clearly emphasise that "regularly and thoroughly cleaning your hands or washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub demonstrably kills viruses on hands", which helps to contain the spreading of COVID-19.

The German Ministry for Health lays out in its protective-guidelines for patients, "to disinfect hands regularly" and in its current information on COVID-19, the German Ministry further states to protect from COVID-19 with "washing hands regularly and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water". The same recommendations are formulated by the French Ministry for Health at its COVID-19 information page.

The WHO additionally states that washing bare hands regularly offers more protection against COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.

See more examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the coronavirus here.

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  • Reported in: Issue190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, health

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Coronavirus mortality figures are insignificant

Without wanting to downplay COVID-19, in terms of the global population, the mortality figures are insignificant. The data from China corresponds to natural processes, we should not think that man is immortal.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation attempt to downplay the severity and urgency of the COVID-19 outbreak, which has been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. Pro-Kremlin media have spread a variety of false claims to push this message, for example that COVID-19 is fake and a political move to install hegemony, that the outbreak is only an attempt to distract the world from real issues, that the virus is safe, and that the reason behind coronavirus scaremongering is a Western effort to weaken China.

The novel coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease, belongs to a family of viruses originating in animals that include others such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the city of Wuhan in central China in late 2019 and has been rapidly spreading across the world, with cases being reported in 190 countries, territories and areas. The number of COVID-19 cases has surpassed 777,000 globally with over 37,000 deaths as of 31 March 2020.

Covid-19 vaccines are a big pharma fraud led by Bill Gates

The death rate of coronavirus is the same as flu, so the WHO didn’t have any reason to declare it a pandemic. Probably there is a hidden agenda behind this declaration. The situation has nothing to do with health and healing the sick, it’s all about money, involving billions of profits for pharma oligarchs and their labs, especially if this prompts a WHO-led forced vaccination campaign, enhanced through military and police surveillance. It is possible that people with flu symptoms may be falsely diagnosed with Covid-19, because it is good for the publicity. Bill Gates and his foundation are behind all this, since he has been funding vaccination programmes in Africa for decades and both him and the Rockefellers make no secret that one of their ultimate goals for planet earth is a drastic population reduction. It is amply clear that this is a huge money-making and public-rip-off proposition by the pharma industry. What makes this multi-billion-dollar scam even worse, is that it is officially sanctioned by Western governments and international organisations, foremost WHO, UNICEF and the World Bank.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, with no evidence provided to support any of the claims. This is part of Russia’s disinformation campaign on coronavirus, well documented by both media and governments. Elements of this campaign were widely reported by Russian and international publications, and by the European External Action Service.

The EUvsDisinfo database has a long set of Kremlin-linked disinformation cases on this subject, such as claims that Bill Gates and George Soros are sponsoring the Wuhan coronavirus, that it is a UKUS or NATO creation and Americans have its cure, that it is an artificial disease which specifically targets Chinese DNA, that it is a pretext to gain control of the world’s population, that it was created with economic goals while big pharma companies are spreading panic for their own profits, that it is a biological weapon against Russia and China, that it will wipe out Ukraine’s population in a few days or that it was predicted by Nostradamus and others.

Traditional medicine can heal COVID-19, but corporate-controlled internet asserts the contrary

China managed to control the pandemic without a vaccine but using common sense, traditional and low-cost medicine. But if one looks for any of these alternative cures on the internet, controlled by Google and the big Corporatocracy, including pharma producers, they will advise you not to use them. At best they will tell you that these products or methods have not proven effective, and at worst, that they may be harmful. It’s not true, none of these products or methods are harmful and some of them have been used as natural remedies for thousands of years.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, with no evidence provided to support any of the claims. This is part of the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign around the coronavirus, and specifically its efforts to spread false or misleading health information related to COVID-19, its prevention, and its treatment. See similar false claims like that COVID-19 can be cured with saline solution, that treatment for COVID-19 will lead to forced vaccination, that handwashing is useless for preventing the spread of the virus, and that we have "nothing to lose" by making hydroxychloroquine publicly available without testing. False and misleading health claims are the most dangerous and irresponsible aspect of coronavirus-related disinformation, as they can have a direct impact on people’s health and even their lives.

According to the World Health Organisation, “no pharmaceutical products have yet been shown to be safe and effective for the treatment of COVID-19.” In a statement, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “We call on individuals and countries to refrain from using therapeutics that have not been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of COVID-19. The history of medicine is strewn with examples of drugs that worked on paper, or in a test tube, but didn't work in humans or were actually harmful. We must follow the evidence. There are no short-cuts.”