Rumors and Its Impact on Youth during COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Bangladesh

Md. Saifullah Akon, Afnan Nur Bhuiyan
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Abstract


Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, rumors about the coronavirus are spreading around the world and it has hit Bangladesh as well. The paper illustrates the rumors that have been circulated in Bangladesh since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Besides, the study has also analyzed how youth, believing the rumors, are being infected with the coronavirus. The study is survey-based research, however, other related secondary data has been used from the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) and World Health Organization (WHO). The study found that a large number of youth in Bangladesh believed in coronavirus-based rumors and ignored the government-imposed guidelines to prevent the disease. Religious issues as well as other rumors related to aging, weather, and food became quite popular among the youth. As a result, they did not pay any attention to the coronavirus in the beginning, and despite the government’s restrictions, young people are roaming around and getting infected with the virus. Due to this, the level of coronavirus infection among the young population in Bangladesh is much higher. However, this study recommends some policies to the youth and the government to protect the young Bangladeshis from being infected with the coronavirus. In this case, among the other means, raising awareness amongst the youth will be an effective way to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to protect the youth in Bangladesh.   


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Akon, M. S. & Bhuiyan, A. N. (2020). Rumors and its impact on youth during COVID-19 pandemic: the case of Bangladesh. Journal of Research in Education, Science and Technology, 5(1), 26-35.


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