Monday, February 3, 2020

2019-nCoV Does Not Turn You into a Zombie

Fake news and misinformation about the 2019-nCoV continue to propagate and proliferate on the Internet. And some of them have become gloat pages that spew venom filled with anti-China and anti-Chinese rhetoric.

In Malaysia, a number of posts on social media have erroneously claimed the number of deaths or infected people in the country and even concocted spectacular stories about the disease’s effects. 

One of these had malevolently made the connection between the coronavirus and the walking dead.

Malaysia's Health Ministry promptly dismissed the rumor, tweeting: "The claim that individuals infected with this virus will behave like zombies is not true... Patients can recover". 

In fact, police have arrested six people for spreading untruths about the virus, a Malaysian Communications and Multimedia statement said. 

In the latest arrest on Thursday, a 28-year-old woman was investigated for "improper use of network facilities". If convicted, she can be fined up to RM50,000 or be jailed for a year, or both. 

Thus far, eight people in Malaysia have been found with the virus, all of them Chinese nationals. 

Todate, worldwide, according to, the virus has killed 305 people and infected 14,643 in China and 26 other territories and countries.

In spite of the numbers, 2019-nCoV is not as fatal as we think it is. All we need to do is to make sure our own immune system is strong and fit to fight.

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