- The 2019 novel coronavirus is continuing to spread across the world after it was first reported in China
- A netizen has claimed in a social media post that the coronavirus is a type of “rabies” from bats
- However, the Department of Health has set the record straight and denied the claim
- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III clarified the difference between the coronavirus and rabies
Earlier, the novel coronavirus that was first reported in Wuhan, China, has been gradually spreading in different countries.
KAMI learned that a social media post has claimed that the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a “type of rabies” that came from bats.
However, Rappler reported that the claim was false and misleading the Filipinos.
“Sa ngayon po ang coronavirus ay galing sa bat ay isang uri ng rabbies… na nakakain ng tao,” it read in the post.
“Ganon din ang pagkain ng aso sa china na may rabbies din ang kumain ng bat at aso ay delikado,” it added.
The netizen also mentioned that the bat rabies does not react well with eucalyptus.
“At ayaw ng bat o virus nay an ang eucalyptus na dahon o puno ninya ay ayaw ng virus o rabbies,” the netizen mentioned.
“Ang pagtuklas ng anti rabbies sa katawan ng taong may coronavirus o corona rabbies na galing sa bat inaatake ninya ang immune system sa baga kaya nakakahawa ng tao,” it added.
Rappler reported that according to the Department of Health (DOH), the novel coronavirus is from the coronaviridae family of viruses, while rabies is from rhabdoviridae.
"It is actually close to ridiculous to think that this (2019 nCoV) is now falling within the family of the rhabdovirus. It's not, it's a totally, completely different family of viruses. This is Coronaviridae, this is the family under which 2019 nCoV belongs," health secretary Francisco Duque III said.
As previously reported by KAMI, the health department said that there is still no confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines. However, there are 23 people under investigation.
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