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The right way to respond to chainmail

Chain mail spreading fake news, inaccurate information about the lockdown and bizarre cures has been rampant since the beginning of the pandemic. As WHO has classed it, we are currently experiencing an “infodemic,” with false information spreading among the public “faster than the virus.” These messages can repetitive and annoying, such as the WhatsApp users who were bombarded with messages telling them that “A Dean Koontz novel written in 1981 predicted the outbreak of the coronavirus! – Spread it!” But the danger lies in these messages spreading harmful safety advice, from dangerous cures to assurances that with the right herbal remedy you become immune to the virus. Here are the key steps you should take if you receive one of these messages: