• Josip Kuštera

Coronavirus Medical Misinformation You Need to Know

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. “ —George Bernard Shaw

There are three main categories in which Coronavirus medical misinformation are spread.

  1. Treatment Misinformation.

  2. Diagnostic Misinformation.

  3. Harmful Substances Misinformation.

a. Encourages the use of home remedies in place of medical treatment

History is full of absurd medical practices and advises. Take for example 1918. Spanish Influenza when all kind of “medical experts” were advising people to stay quiet and take a laxative and even more creative products such as Miller’s Antiseptic Snake Oil, Dr Bell’s Pine Tar Honey, Schenck’s Mandrake Pills, Hill’s Cascara Quinine Bromide, and A. Wulfing & Co’s mint lozenges.

Since then, more than 100 years have passed and we can still find many questionable medicinal remedies.

Asian countries have a long tradition of using herbal remedies as a treatment for different medical conditions. Following the Corovirus outbreak and in the absence of modern medicine people are turning to traditional use of herbs to boost the immune system and fight Coronavirus. No scientific study has yet confirmed any correlation of the traditional herbal medicine against the COVID-19.

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