The Internet is infested with fake Ebola cures

Don't believe the hype.

 

Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Published Oct 7, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 11:09 am CDT

With nearly 4,000 deaths attributed to an ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus—far more than have been recorded in the last 40 years combined—misinformation is spreading about as fast as the disease itself, thanks in part to the Internet. It’s gotten so bad that the FDA has begun to crack down on retailers who claim their products can treat, cure, or prevent infection.

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Just what sort of medical myths are Facebook scam artists touting? A lot of them want you to believe that natural or herbal remedies are all you need to survive the epidemic. Here, for example, is someone who insists that Polish eggnog is the answer.         

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Then there’s the conspiracy page devoted to the idea that Garcinia kola, a plant common to West Africa, can cure not just Ebola but cancer and AIDS as well. (Kola extract has been used to halt the replication of the Ebola virus, though it is not a cure, as rumored in Nigeria.)

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Some observers think that an Ebola cure has been found in ZMapp, an experimental drug that has been used on several patients, though barely any doses exist, and it hasn’t been subjected to clinical trials to prove its efficacy or assess any possible adverse effects.   

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Over on Pinterest, meanwhile, “essential oils” are the hot-ticket item, with users claiming that the Ebola virus “can not live in the presence of #oregano oil or #cinnamon oil.” Some breathlessly add that these “two highly anti-viral oils need to be in your arsenal!” Clicking often leads to the websites of companies that the FDA has reprimanded for unapproved claims, including DoTerra International, Young Living, and Natural Solutions Foundation. Other posts link to survivalist blog advice (apparently elderberry tincture and an isolation room are key).

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Twitter
and Instagram appear to be given over to crackpot theories or bizarre jokes—good luck telling the difference. Also, please do not inject any amount of bleach into your body.

 

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This could be the cure for ebola ♥ pic.twitter.com/4Hf1sGEvx8

— kai (@Moonnshinee) October 6, 2014

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This is IG response to me posting the hashtag #GarciniaKola which is the cure for Ebola pic.twitter.com/5fJLKFZGck

— GenetiK Nupe (@budLightVillain) October 3, 2014

They deleting people Instagram Posts for talking about the cure to ebola LOL 😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/olIgzzetLn

— My LoVeLy (@EyEaMcOsMiC) October 3, 2014

Mexican mom’s be like “Callate! This the cure for Ebola!” pic.twitter.com/W6DXUARviN

— Neil Aoun (@IBRANEILOVIC10) October 3, 2014

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Vietnamese grandmas swears this is the cure to Ebola pic.twitter.com/1QQgETUMCC

— Newton Nguyen (@NguyenNewton) October 2, 2014

EBOLA truth Exposed, The cure has always been there – http://t.co/8SgiuuyBOw pic.twitter.com/hlJKR1c8gx

— NehandaTV (@NehandaTV) September 27, 2014

how to cure Ebola pic.twitter.com/nBEC4DpmBB

— Danny (@dannyyonce) October 5, 2014

The government probably has a cure for Ebola and cancer they won’t release it because it’s a huge money making business

— kayla △⃘⃒ (@wizardboystyles) October 7, 2014

One always ought to take things read online with a grain of salt, but when it comes to Ebola, you can probably use a whole handful.

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*First Published: Oct 7, 2014, 2:03 pm CDT