As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect countries across the world, false and misleading health advice is still being widely shared online.
We’ve taken a look at some of the most recent examples and where they’ve come from.
1. The doctors who didn’t recommend vegetarianism
Often, messages will be shared containing generally sound advice but mixed in with additional claims that are clearly misleading and even potentially harmful. Because they are frequently shared on encrypted social media platforms they can be difficult to track.
Two of India’s leading medical institutions and a top Indian doctor have criticised a fake message widely shared in WhatsApp groups attributing health advice to them.
The message contains a long list of precautions to take to avoid getting the virus, many of them very sensible