By now the internet is flooded with several theories doing rounds regarding COVID-19. The pandemic coronavirus has fuelled up the imaginations of conspiracy theorists. Certain groups are using the current crisis as a moment to provide fabricated theories to the agitated people. Here are some of the hoaxes that have been spread like wildfire amidst this health crisis worldwide.
- Coronavirus is a bioweapon
- 5G internet has caused coronavirus
- A novel predicted Coronavirus
- Alcohol can cure coronavirus
A prominent conspiracy theory doing rounds is coronavirus being a bioweapon engineered by China or America. Due to the strained diplomatic relations between both the countries, this makes people speculate that the COVID-19 was secretly engineered in a lab to weaken the opposing country.
Fact:The scientific studies prove that SARS-CoV2 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-020-0820-9)is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus. It is the seventh known coronavirus to affect humans.
A video going viral on social media, where Dr. Thomas Cowen, an M.D from the United States in his Youtube channel (https://youtu.be/zFN5LUaqxOA) states that the novel coronavirus originated from the toxic excretions of the human body due to the 5G network expansion.
Fact:Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association said that coronavirus is caused by a virus thought natural animal source without any relation to 5G.(https://fullfact.org/health/5G-not-accelerating-coronavirus/)
Dean Koontz’s novel, “the eyes of darkness” written in the year 1981, predicted the outbreak of coronavirus. The uncanny resemblance of the passage was hard to dismiss. The passage narrates a virus called “Wuhan 400” developed outside the city of Wuhan. It also describes how the virus affects the human body.
Fact: Unlike COVID-19 having a fatality rate of 2%, Wuhan-400 has a 100% fatality rate by creating a toxin that eats the brain tissues. Plus, there is no reference of Wuhan-400 in the first edition of Koontz’s book(https://youtu.be/S6Ngkd4dLEg)
Stories about fake remedies for coronavirus had been circulated in social media in Iran. This internet rumor made many people bootleg alcohol containing methanol. Now, 300 people, have been killed ingesting toxic methanol. (https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/300-people-die-iran-drinking-21777103)
Fact: Studies show that drinking in moderation can increase the bacteria in your body but anything taken in excess is harmful to our body.
Fake theories & hoaxes will only add trouble in this time of crisis. An ideal way to stay away from negative news is to cross-check the information before believing. Watch out for the official guidelines on the official website like WHO, UN, Indian Government.