Disinfo: Coronavirus – the end of globalisation

Summary

Coronavirus destroys the idea of an open and global world. In an attempt to stop the pandemic, countries are taking the most stringent and unprecedented measures – right up to closing borders.

Disproof

An apocalyptic narrative, depicting the coronavirus as a "plague" that might lead to the end of civilisation as we know it. EU, national and international bodies are coordinating measures to handle the spread of the contagion, treat the infected and maintain societal functions. In fact, the Schengen Borders Code provides Member States with the capability of temporarily reintroducing border control at the internal borders in the event that a serious threat to public policy or internal security has been established.

The narrative of the "imminent collapse" is one of the core instruments of pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets, used to sow discord, panic and diminish trust in national authorities, EU and international institutions. Read about the EU's response to the coronavirus here.

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

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  • Reported in: Issue 192
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Azerbaijan
  • Keywords: coronavirus

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Sweden declines treatment for coronavirus because virus is safe

Sweden is one of the few countries that has not closed its borders; all educational institutions, cafes, restaurants, and gyms continue to work here. Swedish scientists say coronavirus is safe. There is a known case of a doctor who is infected with the virus, but continues to operate at his workplace in the hospital.

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An unfounded coronavirus conspiracy theory

As of 23 March 2020, there were 1906 cases of confirmed coronavirus infections in Sweden, and 21 people there have died. The Swedish Public Health Authority's highest priority is to protect the public. It has declared that an ‘extraordinary situation’ exists in Sweden 

Vitamin C administered intravenously treats patients with coronavirus, a finding censored so far

Specialists have learned that a common intravenous drug can treat coronavirus. Why are the doctors and specialists who support this treatment discredited or censored?

Intravenous administration of vitamin C is already being used in China against COVID-19 coronavirus.

The editor of the Chinese edition of OMNS, Dr. Richard Cheng, reports from China about the first confirmed study of intravenous administration of 12,000 to 24,000 mg/day of vitamin C.

Disproof

Recurring the narrative that a remedy against coronavirus has already been found, but the medical ”establishment” is opposed to it. Read a similar case claiming that a remedy for coronavirus has been developed in Ukraine here.

No study has so far confirmed that vitamin C can treat Coronavirus-infected patients. A study published on 1 March 2020 in the Chinese Journal of Infectious Diseases, quoted by Le Monde, reports that the injections are recommended at doses much lower than those mentioned by Richard Cheng: 100 to 200 mg per day for the sickest patients. These injections were done in addition to a battery of treatments, meaning that the healing of patients can not be attributed only to vitamin C.

NATO uses COVID-19 to mobilise Western military forces against Russia

NATO uses COVID-19 to mobilise Western military forces against Russia. The COVID-19 pandemic, which has been announced by the World Health Organisation, has led to Western military forces mobilising against Russia. However, the Western “non-brothers” always forget that combat readiness is a normal condition for Russians.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about NATOaggressive, anti-Russian Western policies and about coronavirus as a biological weapon.

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV)A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. Researches done so far show that it is a virus named ”zoonotic”, meaning it is transmitted between animals and people. Read more about Coronavirus here.