Fact check: WHO has not advised against social distancing, wearing mask for Covid patients

New Delhi (NVI): A viral message is doing rounds on social media, especially WhatsApp, claiming that World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised people against social distancing and wearing mask for COVID-19 patients.

The viral video and messages citing WHO also claims that the COVID-19 virus does not transfer from person to person.

Debunking the claims, the Fact Check Unit of Press Information Bureau (PIB) clarified that the claim is fake and no such comments has been made by the doctors of WHO.

“Viral message claims that doctors from WHO are advising against social distancing and wearing mask alleging COVID-19 is a treatable flu virus.

#PIBFactCheck: The claims are #FAKE. COVID-19 is a contagious disease, precautions like wearing masks, social distancing must be followed,” PIB tweeted.

The viral message reads, “Breaking news: WHO has completely taken a U-turn and now says that corona patient neither needs to be isolated, nor quarantined, nor needs social distancing, and it cannot even transmit from one patient to another.”

According to the World Health Organization’s official website, it is mandatory for everyone to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing to keep one safe from the spread of COVID-19.

-RJV