Don’t believe what this ‘healthcare worker’ is saying about the coronavirus

In a viral video, an alleged healthcare worker touts that 5G, not the coronavirus is killing people, among other baseless theories.

Apr 9, 2020, 6:43 pm

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Moises Mendez II

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A woman claiming to be a healthcare worker touted a slew of coronavirus conspiracy theories—some of which have been debunked already—in a video that’s been making the rounds on Twitter.

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In the video, she claims that the heat and cold will kill off the coronavirus, 5G is the real killer, and the virus is not viable on surfaces.

Users pointed out that the woman is not even wearing her personal protective equipment (PPE) correctly, which should be a dead giveaway to the fact that she probably isn’t a healthcare worker.

“No nurse or doctor would be wearing a hairnet with 24′ bundles hanging out the side,” @coyote_roger tweeted. “This is some Krazy lady broadcasting from her 5g phone.”

Just one posting of the video has been viewed over 3 million times.

“This is bullshit. It’s all lies. I’m sorry to tell you—even the information you guys are spreading around, and that the healthcare field is releasing, is lies, OK,” she says before spouting misinformation herself.

The 5G conspiracy has already been debunked, but people continue to believe it. Some are even amounting to destroying cell towers in London. Even Keri Hilson, Woody Harrelson, Tyrese Gibson, and John Cusack have boasted the conspiracy. (Most have since deleted their posts.) In an effort to combat disinformation, YouTube on Monday announced it will be removing videos that link 5G to the coronavirus.

According to Harvard’s coronavirus research center, a person can become infected with the coronavirus by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. “Current evidence suggests that SARS-CoV-2 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

And the New York Times recently spoke with an infectious disease expert, who said that the “pandemic likely will not diminish because of summer, and we should be careful not to base policies and strategies around the hope that it will.”

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*First Published: Apr 9, 2020, 6:43 pm