If you know anything about the internet, is that the smallest sparks of fear from one post can grow into a bush fire in a matter of minutes, with the right reposts or retweets. We have seen it happen multiple times, most recently with the world war three wave and now the corona virus. Let’s debunk a few of these and help put some of the fears at ease.
Originating from Wuhan, China, the corona virus has had more than 7700 confirmed cases and claimed at least 170 people. While twitter is working to filter out the search results from fake information and fill it with possibly useful results, there are thousands of conspiracy theories that are helping to fuel the panic.
To begin with, the numerous theories depicting that the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation bioengineered the virus is a lie. The foundation did in fact help fund the Pitbright Institute, which deals with a weakened strain for helping vaccinate birds and animals and has no effect on human beings. The virus cannot also be cured by bleach as suggested by another twitter account.
Some of the panic is being fueled by the greed for money. One U.S. nonprofit has apparently raised a fair bit of money for charity, in part, by posting sensationalistic Instagram posts about the coronavirus. NBC News reported the two most popular coronavirus Instagram posts were both from Karmagawa, a nonprofit that says it donates proceeds of its merchandise to charity. By claiming that they are doing it for charity, it is easy to bamboozle unsuspecting netizens.
In the melee of lies and corrupted information, kindly ensure you rely on trusted sources like medical reporters, the government and others. Remember to wash your hands with soap and plenty of water in the meantime.