Spreading nearly as fast as the outbreak of the novel coronavirus are misconceptions, bogus cures and deliberate misinformation about the disease.
As of March 7, 105,893 in 100 countries on every continent, except Antarctica, have been infected with coronavirus. In the U.S. there are 377 cases. A total of 3,567 people have died from complications attributed to the virus. More than 58,600 people have recovered.
No cure or vaccine exists for COVID-19, but that hasn’t stopped people and bots from pushing phony treatments and questionable health advice online.
We have collected some of the more ludicrous of the claims flagged by the World Health Organization and other health observers in the above gallery. In addition, we included a few precautions that legitimate medical professionals recommend.
The presumed source of the new coronavirus is an animal market in Wuhan, China. Some scientists believe it originated with bats but may have jumped to another animal before infecting humans.
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