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Ministry of Healthcare and StopFake Launch Information Campaign to Disprove Fakes about Coronavirus

September 21 – The Ministry of Healthcare and StopFake launched an information project called “Clean Brain,” which debunks Ukraine’s most popular fakes on health and medicine topics, as reported on the Ministry’s website.

The key myths listed on the Ministry’s website, are:

  • MYTH 1: The Ministry of Health released a list of cities where students and school children will transition to distance learning due to Covid-19.

FACT: There is no list of cities in which educational institutions will switch to distance learning.

  • MYTH 2: There is a stroke epidemic in Ukraine due to use of protective masks and the Covid-19 vaccines.

FACT: This is a conspiracy theory about Covid-19, launched by an anti-vaccine blogger.

  • MYTH 3: Garlic water is a natural vaccine against coronavirus.

FACT: Garlic water is not a natural vaccine against coronavirus. According to the WHO, there is no evidence that the use of garlic in any form protects against SARS-CoV-2.

  • MYTH 4: The effects of the MRNA vaccination (new generation of vaccines, e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) will not be curable – it changes the human genetic code.

FACT: German naturopath Annette Lillinger is one of the people spreading this story. However, this type of vaccine contains only a specific protein which is identical to the virus protein and does not affect human genes.

  • MYTH 5: Delta variant was dropped by planes flying throughout Ukraine.

FACT: What anti-vaccine proponents call the “scattering of a new batch of coronavirus from the air” is in fact the annual campaign to vaccinate wild animals against rabies, where rabies vaccine bait is dropped in remote areas.

More on the website of the Ministry of Healthcare in Ukrainian.  

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