Disinfo: “PR infection”: Greta Thunberg is using COVID-19 for public relations


Greta Thunberg’s announcement that she felt the symptoms of COVID-19 is the first case of a “PR infection”, that is using the pandemic to regain some of the public spotlight, that has been recently fading. It is means to again draw some attention to herself.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation smearing Greta Thunberg.

Greta Thunberg announced on Instagram that she has been self-isolating as she had felt some of the COVID-19 symptoms, in line with the advise of the public health authorities.

See more examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the coronavirus here.


  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Sweden
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Greta Thunberg


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Cuba sent a group of doctors to help their Italian colleagues. Why have other Western countries, separately or collectively, like the European Union, not come to the rescue of their Italian neighbour, even if only for self-protection, especially since the virus had passed borders between the countries of the world in two months or less?


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the lack of inter-EU solidarity.

EU Member States have been actively helping each other in this crisis, which most EU member states have been grappling with themselves. For example, German hospitals are offering to treat critical coronavirus patients from France as well as taking in patients from Italy and the Czech Republic is sending masks to Italy.

The coronavirus epidemic shows the EU’s complete inability to act

The epidemic has shown the complete inability of the EU bureaucracy to take action under critical circumstances. All responsibility has been placed on national authorities.

The question arises whether the epidemic will last long enough for Europe to realise that it does not need the EU after all.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging the EU's incompetence and failure to act amid the coronavirus crisis, and suggesting that the EU will disintegrate as a result. It is in line with well-established pro-Kremlin disinformation efforts to undermine and delegitimise the EU.

The European Union is supporting Member States in addressing the crisis and has adopted measure to mitigate the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ginger cures coronavirus

According to scientists, there are five products that best protect against coronavirus – first one on the list is ginger.


Ginger has an allergy against coronavirus, specialists have concluded. It is necessary to chew ginger three times a day so as not to become infected with coronavirus. Ginger has a strengthening effect on the body. If you are sick, then ginger must be tied to your left arm and leg. It works for 24 hours and will overcome the virus as much as possible. It is been said that even the masks don’t help like ginger. 


Examples of media sources and a post on Facebook repeating disinformation message about coronavirus. Read a similar case claiming that coronavirus can be cured with saline in 4 days.

At the moment, there is no cure against this strain of coronavirus.