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Covid-19 rumour tracking bulletin - September 2020

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Most common rumours reported by community members:

• Downplaying the risk of Covid-19: Africans are immune; the virus is not dangerous but more like a common cold, and a political ploy by the government to serve their own interests.

• Questioning the origins of the virus: Covid-19 is a bioweapon used by superpowers for their own political and economic agendas. The belief that it was manufactured by the Chinese government and is being spread through 5G and donated facemasks was also shared.

• Concerns and fears that food assistance will be stopped altogether, or that the frequency of distributions will be altered and that refugees will be to be sent back to their countries of origin.

• Belief that the virus can be prevented through home remedies such as drinking alcohol, consuming vitamin-rich fruit, and praying.