If ice cream is what you want right now, don’t worry about its effects on your well-being. “A recent erroneous online message circulating in several languages around the world and purporting to be a UNICEF communication appears to indicate that avoiding ice cream and other cold foods can help prevent the onset of the disease,” Charlotte Gornitzka of UNICEF said in a statement. “This is, of course, wholly untrue.”
In a statement to Reuters, the organization further said: “It is, unfortunately, yet another example of the kind of misinformation we’ve seen circulate on social media around the world. Misinformation during times of a health crisis can result in people being left unprotected or more vulnerable to the virus. It can also spread paranoia, fear, and stigmatization, and have other consequences like offering a false sense of protection.” So if something sounds kind of wild, be sure to fact-check it. And for more fake news that’s spread with COVID-19, check out 7 Fake Coronavirus News Stories You Need to Ignore.