The coronavirus outbreak has turned us all into gibbering hypochondriacs. A slightly sweaty brow or itchy throat has us frantically googling Covid-19 symptoms.' Kiss the kids goodnight, I'm not going to see the morning,' we say to our partner after a light sneeze. It's understandable and any genuine health concerns should not be taken lightly.

But in these times of worry, there are those who exploit people's fear by spreading bullshit. Usually those with political or financial aims.  

Let's look at the top four craziest rumours spread during this outbreak.


On April 15, an article on Fox News's website helped spread claims the virus came from a virology lab in Wuhan, China. The reason China would analyse this virus? To allow them to compete with America by showing them they can identify and combat viruses in the same way America can. Remember this is Fox News.

'Sources believe' a staff member working in the lab was infected by a bat. That person then, unknowingly, went out into the population of Wuhan and spread the virus. It could be true or it could have been made up by America's far-right to generate negativity toward China during the on-going trade war.  


Worry about mobiles and their impact on our health has been around since they first entered the market. There is no evidence to suggest mobile phone use increases cancer risk. Now conspiracy theorists are claiming 5G helps spread coronavirus.

According to Hanna Linderstal, chief executive of the Swedish data company Earhart Business Protection Agency - which tracks online bullshit - the first video directly linking coronavirus to 5G appeared online in early January. The video was of a lecture which discussed the influence of electromagnetic radiation on pandemics.

From that dozens of videos started appearing showing dead birds, dead fish and people fainting in the street - all, according to the videos, the result of 5G.

Amanda Holden only made things worse when on April 5 she retweeted a link to online petition banning 5G. Around the country mobile phone masts were set alight, some weren't even 5G.

Rest assured the 5G radio waves do not pose any health risks.


On March 14, around 200 followers of India's Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (All India Hindu Union) gathered for a cow urine drinking party in New Delhi. They believe drinking it protects them from Covid-19.

Many orthodox Hindus see cows as sacred animals, with some attributing numerous health benefits to the animals' urine and faeces.

'We have been drinking cow urine for 21 years, we also take bath in cow dung. We have never felt the need to consume English medicine,' said Om Prakash, a person who attended the party.

Unsurprisingly medical experts have repeatedly said cow urine does not cure illnesses like cancer and there is no evidence that it can prevent coronavirus.


The more ridiculous the claim, the more insane the perpetrator. Enter InfoWars creator and host Alex Jones. The far-right Texan is known for his outlandish claims. For example, climate change is part of a plan by the World Bank to control the global economy through an imposed carbon tax.

But the coronavirus brought out the best nuttery from Jones.

He used his website to sell colloidal silver - a liquid which consists of tiny silver particles. It is often promoted online as a dietary supplement, but there has been little conclusive evidence it actually works. Among the offerings were 'Superblue Silver Immune Gargle', 'SuperSilver Whitening Toothpaste' and 'SuperSilver Wound Dressing Gel'.

On April 9, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent Jones a warning letter instructing him to remove his claims regarding the effectiveness of colloidal silver. He did. 

May 10, 2020 — Simon Smith