Disinfo: Traditional medicine can heal COVID-19, but corporate-controlled internet asserts the contrary

Summary

China managed to control the pandemic without a vaccine but using common sense, traditional and low-cost medicine. But if one looks for any of these alternative cures on the internet, controlled by Google and the big Corporatocracy, including pharma producers, they will advise you not to use them. At best they will tell you that these products or methods have not proven effective, and at worst, that they may be harmful. It’s not true, none of these products or methods are harmful and some of them have been used as natural remedies for thousands of years.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, with no evidence provided to support any of the claims. This is part of the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign around the coronavirus, and specifically its efforts to spread false or misleading health information related to COVID-19, its prevention, and its treatment. See similar false claims like that COVID-19 can be cured with saline solution, that treatment for COVID-19 will lead to forced vaccination, that handwashing is useless for preventing the spread of the virus, and that we have "nothing to lose" by making hydroxychloroquine publicly available without testing. False and misleading health claims are the most dangerous and irresponsible aspect of coronavirus-related disinformation, as they can have a direct impact on people’s health and even their lives.

According to the World Health Organisation, “no pharmaceutical products have yet been shown to be safe and effective for the treatment of COVID-19.” In a statement, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “We call on individuals and countries to refrain from using therapeutics that have not been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of COVID-19. The history of medicine is strewn with examples of drugs that worked on paper, or in a test tube, but didn't work in humans or were actually harmful. We must follow the evidence. There are no short-cuts.”

On 20 March, the WHO announced a major global trial called SOLIDARITY to test four potential treatments for COVID-19. The SOLIDARITY trial will involve 45 countries and is designed to “dramatically cut the time needed to generate robust evidence about what drugs work.” See the WHO’s mythbusting page about false COVID-19 health advice for more information.

The EUvsDisinfo database has a long set of Kremlin-linked disinformation cases on this subject, such as claims that Bill Gates and George Soros are sponsoring the Wuhan coronavirus, that it is a UKUS or NATO creation and Americans have its cure, that it is an artificial disease which specifically targets Chinese DNA, that it is a pretext to gain control of the world’s population, that it was created with economic goals while big pharma companies are spreading panic for their own profits, that it is a biological weapon against Russia and China, that it will wipe out Ukraine’s population in a few days or that it was predicted by Nostradamus and others.

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  • Reported in: Issue 192
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: China, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Google, health, vaccination, Capitalists
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Disproof

No evidence is given to support the claim that the elderly are an "obstacle" of younger generations in Western society. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative targeting Western liberal-democratic values and portraying them as morally corrupt. The claim also invokes anti-LGBT insinuations, which are another recurring theme in pro-Kremlin disinformation related to the West's moral decay.

This messaging is also in line with the well-established pro-Kremlin strategy of portraying the West to as inferior to Russia in terms of values and morals. The narrative of “threatened values” is one of the most common disinformation 'master narratives' used by pro-Kremlin outlets - it is adapted to a wide range of topics and is typically used to discredit liberal Western attitudes towards the environment, women's rights, ethnic and religious minorities, and LGBTI groups, among others. For example, it is used to paint Western societies as depraved, seeking to destroy traditional values, and to promote deviant sexual behavior.

Under the guise of force majeure Europe and Germany became autocratic

All the political field has shifted to the right. But those who claim that this is pragmatic conservatism are wrong, this is a lie propagated by so-called mainstream propaganda outlets. It is autocracy under the disguise of force majeure circumstances. Europe has become autocratic, Germany has become absolutely autocratic.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation about Germany and EU. Consistent with earlier pro-Kremlin disinformation claims that COVID-19 is a pretext to gain control over the world's population. 

EU Member States have adopted measured to curb the outbreak of COVID-19, that are in line with national laws.

COVID-19 originates from Chinese laboratory in Wuhan

Chinese scientists fear that the new coronavirus could actually originate from a laboratory 300 metres away from the market in Wuhan, as research on infected bats was carried out in this laboratory.

Disproof

A recurring conspiracy theory that echoes pro-Kremlin disinformation about the artificial creation of COVID-19.

There is no evidence that the coronavirus (COVID-19) was created in laboratories. COVID-19 comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold and viruses such as SARS and MERS. Coronaviruses are known to circulate in mammals and birds, and scientists have already suggested that COVID-19 originally came from bats. One of the previous coronaviruses that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, spread from bats to civet cats to humans.