HEPA filters capture virtually all viruses and bacteria from air, but don’t ‘eat any form of virus’ on planes

Claim

Filters can “eat any form of virus including coronavirus” on aeroplanes.
Source: Fikile Mbalula, South Africa’s transport minister (29 June 2020)

misleading

Verdict

High efficiency particulate air filters capture virtually all viruses and bacteria from the air in plane cabins. But they can’t capture large infected particles or prevent transmission caused by close contact.

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No, WHO hasn’t ‘unequivocally’ said South Africa is not ready to lift Covid-19 lockdown

Claim

The World Health Organization “unequivocally” declared that South Africa was not ready to lift the national Covid-19 lockdown.
Source: Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Economic Freedom Fighters member of parliament (30 June 2020)

incorrect

Verdict

There is no evidence of the WHO making this statement. The organisation says it only provides guidance but governments have to make their own decisions.

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No, EFF: Death of 10 South African children doesn’t ‘completely disprove’ low risk of young people contracting Covid-19

Claim

The deaths of at least 10 South African children between the ages of 10 and 19 from Covid-19 “completely disproves the notion that young people and children are less susceptible to contracting the virus”.
Source: Political party the Economic Freedom Fighters (2 July 2020)

incorrect

Verdict

The number of deaths from the disease within a population group does not prove whether or not children are susceptible to Covid-19. Experts recommend using the infection incidence rate.

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