COVID-19 News: WHO Says Food Safe Fom SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus- Fake News And Misinformation Or Fact?
: Considering that the WHO or World Health Organization got involved and issued statements about the recent Chinese reports on food contaminated by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and that WHO officially claimed that food transmission is not possible was a serious cause of alarm among many. Considering WHO’s track record of fake news and misinformation since the outbreak starting with claims that the virus was not spreadable among humans, to statements that the virus was not airborne to issues about masks in the beginning etc, the organization is basically run by the most incompetent team of professionals and every official statement issued by them should be monitored carefully. It is worst as they do not even use science to back up any statements as often they do not have real supporting studies to back up any of their claims but rather mere assumptions.
The Incompetent Team Famous For Misinformation
It is amazing that the incompetent agency is still in existence and that people and the media actually pay attention to them and that no proper legal actions have been taken against the incompetent individuals who has allowed the coronavirus to spread from China to the rest of the world and also indirectly contributed to the worsening of conditions globally via their past misinformation.
The WHO or World Health Organization on Thursday urged individuals not to fear catching the novel coronavirus from food, after Chinese testers found traces on food and food packaging. They also officially said that the coronavirus was not transmissible by food with providing any supporting studies.
The SARS-CoV-2coronavirus was found Tuesday in the Chinese city of Shenzhen during a routine check on samples of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil, Shenzhen city authorities said.
The health authorities said they immediately screened people who had been in contact with the contaminated products, plus their relatives, and all the tests came back negative.
In the eastern Chinese province of Anhui, the mayor of Wuhu announced Thursday that the virus had been discovered on the packaging of shrimp imported from Ecuador, which had been kept in a restaurant freezer.
Interestingly the WHO said there was no need to panic and there were no examples of the respiratory disease being transmitted through food. (They did not provide any scientific studies to really back up this statements once again).
WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan told a virtual press conference in Geneva, "People are already scared enough and fearful enough in the COVID pandemic. People should not fear food or food packaging or the processing or delivery of food. There is no evidence that food or the food chain is participating in the transmission of this virus. Our food, from a COVID perspective, is safe."
It is interesting that WHO that is laden with cash donations and have access to various global labs is not able to actually conduct studies before actually making public statements to back themselves up.
Another member of that WHO team, Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO's COVID-19 technical lead, (famous for spending donated funds
to engage China’s Tik Tok platform to disseminate WHO misinformation) said the United Nations health agency was aware of the reports and understood that China was looking for the virus on food packaging.
She said, "The Chinese authorities tested a few hundred thousand samples of looking at packaging and have found very, very few, less than 10 positive in doing that.”
She added, "We know that the virus can remain on surfaces for some time. If the virus is actually in food and we have no examples of where this virus has been transmitted as a food-borne, whereas someone has consumed a food product the viruses can be killed, like other viruses as well, if the meat is cooked."
Her statements actually contradict her colleague’s statements in that she says that meat that is cooked well will kill the virus. So what about vegetables for salads, fruits, nuts etc.
Studies have shown that the SARS-coronavirus can survive in water supplies for long, that it can remain frozen and become active upon defrosting, that it can even survive high temperatures. https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/breaking-news-covid-19-research-shows-that-sars-cov-2-coronavirus-can-survive-in-water-for-up-to-25-days-and-could-also-be-water-borne
Can WHO really provide studies that support their statement that the virus is not transmissible by food?
Is it not dangerous that they are issuing any statements without any real studies to back up what they say.
Their statements could lead people to become complacent about ways they handle their food and there could be repercussions from that.
What is wrong with people taking more precautions in terms of how food is washed and cleaned and stored and used in preparation for consumption?
We at Thailand Medical News hope that scientific researchers out there would respond and actually come up with proper studies and results to guide us in a proper science-based approach and not based on assumptions.
It is also surprising that none of the social media platforms like Facebook and their so called fact checkers are not terming statements by WHO as misinformation as they are not science based.
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