Social media fuels wave of coronavirus misinformation as users focus on popularity, not accuracy
April 19, 2020
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Jon-Patrick Allem, University of Southern California
(THE CONVERSATION) Over the past few weeks, misinformation about the new coronavirus pandemic has been spreading across social media at an alarming rate. One video that went viral claimed breathing hot air from a hair dryer could treat COVID-19. A Twitter post touted injecting vitamin C to the bloodstream to treat the viral disease. Other threads hyped unfounded claims that vaping organic oregano oil is effective against the v...