FACT-CHECK: Has WHO Made A U-turn On Isolation and Social Distancing?


CLAIM: On February 25, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a WhatsApp broadcast claiming that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has completely made a U-turn on Coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols and guidelines.

The broadcast claimed that the international health body made a declaration that individuals infected with COVID-19 do not need to be isolated or quarantined as the virus cannot be transmitted from one patient to another.


Checks by CDD show that the claim that WHO has declared that individuals infected with COVID-19 need not isolate is False. An investigation carried out by CDD fact-checkers reveals that the claim is not new and had trended on July 16, 2020.

The broadcast resurfaced on WhatsApp has continued to be spread across groups on the platform.

Further checks show in its advice on preventive measures against COVID-19, the WHO has continued to urge the public to public themselves and their loved ones by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing and wearing a mask.

Also, WHO notes that keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue are also imperative in protecting oneself and others.


CDD can confirm that the claim on WhatsApp that WHO has completely made a U-turn on social distancing and isolation measures needed to curb COVID-19 spread is false.

The CDD urges members of the public to read beyond headlines before sharing any news report, especially on social media.

You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on Twitter @CDDWestAfrica

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