With the advent of social media, things seem to be juggling on our fingertips with up to date information from across the globe. However, this advancement has become a bane during the dreadful outbreak of Coronavirus. There is no denying in stating that social media played a crucial role in spreading awareness and raising alarm while the novel viral infection is spreading wings. But is the same media amplifying the severity of the outbreak?
Yes, says the analytics. COVID-19 is, of course, is severe when compared to the previous viral outbreaks like Sars, Swine flu and Ebola, but mortality rates in the recent study reveal surprising facts. While the Mortality rate during the Ebola outbreak stood at 25%, Swine flu and Sars had 4.5% and 10% respectively. Surprisingly, though the number of infected in comparatively more, Coronavirus holds a mortality rate of 2% so far. But why does COVID-19 is being portrayed like a scarier pandemic than the other outbreaks?
Going by the reports from the majority of the infected countries, the advent of social media is one of the reasons. By 2020, there are apparently 2 billion WhatsApp users and 1.69 billion Facebook users which stated to be the main culprits for overdriving the ground realities. The over circulating minute to minute updates about the infected and positive cases is taking a toll at the severity of the outbreak.
Over the same, China which was the epicentre of the outbreak began to censor keywords related to the coronavirus outbreak from December 31, 2019, to avoid unnecessary panic. On this note, a section of the health department is speculating to take up the same curbs in India also.