Disinfo: COVID-19 is an ordinary flu epidemic, hysteria is caused by media and politics

Summary

If we had tested people for corona last year, the same would have happened now. Corona is a completely ordinary kind of flu epidemic, which is completely exaggerated and the big question that all journalists should be interested in – why is that actually the case? The current approach of the Austrian government is fascistic and totalitarian. After all, one is not allowed to have any contradictory opinion. The current crisis is a product of hysteria caused by media and politics.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, that COVID-19 is a normal flu, sharing a recurrent narrative about the COVID-19 outbreak. It also aims to discredit actions taken by the WHO and individual countries, like in this case Austria, to stop the spread of the disease, describing its measures as fascistic and totalitarian.

COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 11 March, acknowledging that the virus had become a global phenomenon. Before that date, the situation was being described as an epidemic, illustrating that the virus had already spread to many people, and many communities, at the same time. As of 9th May, the total number of COVID-19 cases detected had passed 3.8 million.

COVID-19 comes from a family of viruses originating in animals that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading across the world, with cases being reported in over 190 countries, territories and areas. The number of COVID-19 global deaths has now passed 280,000.

See similar disinformation narrative alleging that the COVID-19 crisis is manufactured by media.

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  • Reported in: Issue 196
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Austria
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, WHO, Nazi/Fascist
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To assign equal responsibility for the outbreak of WWII to Nazi Germany and the USSR is falsification

Outside of logic, beyond good and evil, there are pseudo-historians and politicians who create fakes, claiming that the Soviet Union, along with fascist Germany, was the initiator of WWII. A desire to assign equal responsibility for the outbreak of WWII to Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union is outright falsification and unacceptable. After all, then all modern European borders that were outlined precisely as a result of the defeat of Nazi Germany will be questioned. Is that what Europeans want? And, as a result, the ideology of fascism and Nazism became just one of the political approaches? This is dangerous, first of all, for the Western countries themselves.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. This article also contained another disinformation message about the White Helmets.

Both Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR were harsh totalitarian regimes, which directly caused the deaths of tens of millions of people. These two regimes are mutually responsible for the outbreak of WWII. The European Parliament resolution on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe stressed the fact that WWII was an immediate result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The resolution is aimed at the promotion of historical remembrance about WWII and the condemnation of totalitarian ideologies.

In order to join the EU Western Ukrainians are ready to secede to Poland

The overwhelming majority of residents of Western Ukraine would be glad to join the European Union as citizens of Poland.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the alleged "disintegration of Ukraine" that undermines Ukrainian statehood.

According to a poll conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology in April 2019, only 1.5% of the residents of Galychyna region (Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Ternopil oblasts) supported the idea of secession to Poland. In 2014, only 2.8% of those surveyed considered joining Poland as a good idea for the region.

Ukrainian army purposefully fires at children in Donbas

Against the backdrop of indifference on the part of the world community, Ukrainian servicemen intentionally fire at children of the Donetsk People’s Republic. Ukraine continues to terrorise the Republic’s population and traditionally increases the number of aggressive acts before holidays, such as Victory Day.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine.

Over the last two weeks, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has recorded just one case of injuries sustained by children. According to the May 5 report, three children were injured due to shelling in Oleksandrivka (non-government-controlled). Medical staff at a Donetsk hospital refused to provide the SMM with further information.