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Pasha 66: Coronavirus conspiracy theories and myths

The Conversation
29 May 2020, 00:43 GMT+10

"The coronavirus was made in a laboratory in Wuhan, China." "COVID-19 is not real and comes from 5G network towers." "Drinking warm water with lemon juice will kill the coronavirus." "The flu vaccination will mean I won't get COVID-19." These are all conspiracy theories and myths shared on social media platforms. And it's time they were addressed.

In today's episode of Pasha, Neelaveni Padayachee, a lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, and Lisa Claire du Toit, an associate professor, both at the University of the Witwatersrand, talk about false ideas surrounding the coronavirus.

Read more: Debunking 9 popular myths doing the rounds in Africa about the coronavirus

Photo: "5g Antenna Coronavirus Covid-19" By Sasa Kadrijevic Shutterstock

Music "Happy African Village" by John Bartmann, found on FreeMusicArchive.org licensed under CC0 1.

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Authors: Ozayr Patel - Digital Editor | Lisa Claire du Toit - Associate Professor, University of the Witwatersrand | Neelaveni Padayachee - Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of the Witwatersrand The Conversation

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