As the coronavirus crisis teeters on the edge of becoming a global pandemic, bizarre myths about its origin and how to treat it have been running rampant online. Conspiracy theorists have speculated that the 5G mobile network created the virus by ‘sucking oxygen out of people’s lungs’. One theory doing the rounds on social idea claims the bug was a man-made biochemical weapon that was accidentally released from a laboratory in China. Others have even claimed it crash-landed on this planet on a meteor from outer space. Dangerous theories about how to treat the virus – including dousing yourself in chlorine or alcohol – have been slammed by experts who say it could harm young or impressionable people. Paul Hunter, an infectious diseases professor at the University of East Anglia, warned the spread of misinformation could also lead to more cases. He said fake news leads to bad advice and people taking ‘greater risks’ during health crises. Today the death toll soared past 3,300, with more than 96,000 cases confirmed so far. Here, MailOnline dispels the wild, wacky and even dangerous myths about the virus: Some have rumoured that the 5G mobile network caused coronavirus by ‘sucking oxygen out of people’s lungs’,… Read full this story
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