Conspiracies About Coronavirus That You Shouldn’t Believe

4 Conspiracies About Coronavirus That You Shouldn’t Believe

Coronavirus has infected hundreds to thousands of people, but you should not believe in these lies…

Kiran Yasmin
Jan 30 · 4 min read
Conspiracies About Coronavirus That You Shouldn’t Believe

Countries have started stepping up efforts to bring their nationals back from Wuhan (China) because the number of coronavirus cases has reached 7,000. The United States has confirmed five cases, and the outbreak has reportedly killed over 130 people so far.

In mainland China, more and more people are falling ill and being hospitalized due to the outbreak. Besides the United States and China, other countries that are being impacted are Cambodia, Finland, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, Nepal, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and the United Arab Emirates.

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that typically affect the respiratory tract of a person. This can lead to diseases like SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) pneumonia and the common cold. However, you should not believe the following conspiracies.

Sydney Food Is Contaminated

Conspiracies About Coronavirus That You Shouldn’t Believe

In Australia, different social media posts are being shared every single day. People who share these posts claim that only a few foods in Sydney are uncontaminated and that the foods served at the top locations of the city are unsafe.

One such post was published on January 27, 2020, which identified different types of cookies, onion rings, and rice that contained traces of coronavirus. It was also claimed that a bureau of diseasology ran tests and found the strain in different Sydney suburbs.

The local health authority has clarified that there are no risks to visitors and that the foods served at different restaurants in Sydney are totally safe and healthy.

The Wuhan Market

Conspiracies About Coronavirus That You Shouldn’t Believe

A few days ago, a video was vied by thousands of people on social media; it showed a Wuhan market where the virus strain was said to be present. In reality, this video has nothing to do with Wuhan; it was filmed at a market in Indonesia.

The misleading footage went viral on January 26, 2020. It showed rats, bats, snakes, and other animal meat products being sold at a market. An image search has made it clear that an identical clip was uploaded on YouTube on 20th July 2019.

This means the video was actually captured at the Langowan market, which is present in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province.

Death Projections

Conspiracies About Coronavirus That You Shouldn’t Believe

It looks like people are spreading false stories through social media. In Sri Lanka, a post was viewed thousands of times. It claimed that doctors and other medical experts were calling the entire population of Wuhan (China) infected.

Wuhan is a city of over 10 million people, and it is obvious that not all of them are infected. Coronavirus has impacted many of them, but saying that they are all ill and about to die is absolutely wrong.

Chinese authorities have confirmed that no vaccine is available for the new strain of the virus, but they are doing their best to save the lives of innocents or unaffected people. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has also made it clear that most infected people will recover on their own.

Salt Water Can Kill The Virus

Conspiracies About Coronavirus That You Shouldn’t Believe

Different posts are circulating on the Internet. An unidentified group of people claimed that many people in China and the United States are rinsing their mouths with salt water to prevent the infection.

This claim is totally bogus, as medical experts have proved that saline solution cannot kill the new virus. People should not believe and share such inaccurate rumors.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has also made it clear that there is no evidence that saline solution or saltwater can protect against coronavirus.

What do you say about these conspiracies or lies?

Write, Speak, Inspire

Let’s write, speak, and inspire the world.

Kiran Yasmin

Written by

I am a professional blogger, content writer, social media marketer, and academic writer. I have spent years in this industry.

Write, Speak, Inspire

Let’s write, speak, and inspire the world.

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade