Garlic, masks, mouthwash and other Covid-19 myths and scams to avoid
As fears about the outbreak grow, so do the false stories. Beware these old wives’ tales
In the 2011 film Contagion, which tells the story of a fast-moving virus sweeping the globe, two characters are especially instructive. There’s Beth, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, who has an affair in the early hours of the outbreak ... and promptly dies. She is clearly not aware that most viruses, including the coronavirus, are diseases spread by droplets.
Then there’s Alan, a sinister conspiracy theorist played by Jude Law. He buys into every myth circulating about the virus and helps disseminate them. In the end, he dies, too, but not before his fake news campaign has wiped out thousands of others.
We don’t want our readers following in the footsteps of either Beth or Alan. So here are the leading myths about coronavirus that you need to be aware of, and ignore...