A WhatsApp coronavirus hoax message is doing the rounds – don’t fall for itFebruary 23, 2020
A message claiming to offer a simple cure to the deadly coronavirus has started spreading on WhatsApp.
The scam promises a cure to coronavirus through ‘one bowl of freshly boiled garlic water.’
It claims an ‘old Chinese doctor’ proves the cure works and goes on to explain the garlic water should be boiled and drunk for improvement overnight.
It’s not clear where the message originated from, but the reach of WhatsApp – which recently passed two billion users – means it can spread quickly.
More than 1,500 people have died from the infectious virus over the past few weeks and experts are warning people away from potentially dangerous misinformation.
The NHS explained: ‘There is no specific treatment for coronavirus. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the infection.’
Over in the United States, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has developed a real-time tracker for the virus.
The research collective has set out a browser-based dashboard that you can access by following this link to see the spread of coronavirus for yourself.
‘We built this dashboard because we think it is important for the public to have an understanding of the outbreak situation as it unfolds with transparent data sources,’ explained Lauren Gardner, a civil engineer and co-director at CSSE who spearheaded the development of the tool.