Social Media Fuels Wave of Coronavirus Misinformation

Article Link: https://www.snopes.com/news/2020/04/06/social-media-fuels-wave-of-coronavirus-misinformation/

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

Over the past few weeks, misinformation about the new coronavirus pandemic has been spreading across social media at an alarming rate. One video that went viral claimed breathing hot air from a hair dryer could treat COVID-19. A Twitter post touted injecting vitamin C to the bloodstream to treat the viral disease. Other threads hyped unfounded claims that vaping organic oregano oil is effective against the virus, as is using colloidal silver. The sheer number of false and sometimes dangerous claims is worrying, as is the way people are unintentionally spreading them in ever wider circles.