Tag: covid-19

Fighting fake science: the Counter Disinformation Cell’s crackdown on coronavirus lies

Claims that gargling water for 15 seconds can cure COVID-19 symptoms, or that holding your breath for a certain amount of time is a valid test for the virus, have made the rounds on social media – with some organisations emailing their employees or clients statements along these lines. As Paymaster General Penny Mordaunt explained,…
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Be wary: the pandemic offers fraudsters a golden opportunity

For responsible citizens like most of us, washing our hands regularly and observing the lockdown measures will be our primary acts of vigilance against the pandemic. But some people will always find ways to exploit exceptional circumstances, and there is a further complication we should be vigilant against, too: fraud. Coronavirus makes fraud much easier…
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