1. According to a study published in The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, at least 800 people have died globally and over 5,800 people have been hospitalized due to unproven, unscientific claims of COVID cures and prevention.
2. In early April, 12 people in a village in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district fell seriously ill and had to be hospitalized after they drank juice made of Datura seeds, believing a TikTok video, which claimed it will protect them from COVID-19.
3. A pharmacist died after he drank a chemical preparation, which he thought would cure coronavirus.
4. Doctors say that health misinformation is dangerous because it creates a false sense of security.
5. People sharing these fake information are not just some random people on social media but also include famous leaders and personalities.
6. Some fake information shared by famous leaders and personalities
- US President Donald Trump said injecting people with disinfectants or exposure to sunlight could cure COVID-19
- BJP Assam MLA Suman Haripriya said cow urine was a possible cure
- Yoga guru Ramdev suggested applying mustard oil through the nostrils
- And the pseudo doctors on WhatsApp suggested ways to self-diagnose COVID