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Brother Nature slammed for spreading coronavirus misinformation

The post, which purports to come from a Stanford medical professional, claims the sun and drinking water will kill the virus. It has been debunked.

Mar 12, 2020, 6:39 pm

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Tiffanie Drayton 

Tiffanie Drayton

Brother Nature–who found fame in befriending wild animals–is catching heat online for spreading misinformation about the coronavirus (COVD-19).

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Brother Nature, whose real name is Kelvin Peña, shared a post late Wednesday night on Twitter. The post purports to have been written by a member on the Stanford Hospital Board in the notes app and outlines coronavirus advice. It claims, among other things, that the sun and drinking water will kill the virus.

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“Take a deep breath and hold it for more than 10 seconds. If you do this successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, there is no fibrosis in the lungs; it basically indicates no infection,” part of the post reads.

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Yet, the post has been debunked as a viral hoax.

“The post is not from Stanford,” Lisa Kim at Stanford Health Care told Mother Jones, before directing those seeking coronavirus information to the university’s information page.

Twitter users wasted no time educating the influencer and urging him to use his platform more wisely. They suggested he fact-check his sources, especially during a “time like this.”

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“Appreciate you trying to spread the info, but this is not real. Stanford has confirmed this did NOT come from them. Some of the info is true but much is false,” one user tweeted.

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Another pointed out what should have been the clear giveaway of the post being fake.

“Wow. Would you look at these LIES. Please don’t take ‘medical advice’ from a notes app, ” Twitter user @AMusedBlog joked.

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*First Published: Mar 12, 2020, 6:39 pm