Coronavirus Hoaxes On Social Media

Don't trust texts, tweets and Facebook posts from normally intelligent friends spreading misinformation about coronavirus.

On Wednesday night, I received a fearmongering group text by a guy from the old neighborhood who is not an idiot. My pal sent a screenshot of a text that started: "Fwd: From a CPD Commander. This is Real."

Here's what it said: "I just got this report. Homeland security is preparing to mobilize the national guard. Preparing to dispatch them across the US along with military. ... They are preparing to announce a nationwide 2 week quarantine for all citizens, All businesses closed. Everyone at home. They will announce this as soon as they have troops in place to help prevent looters and rioters ... they will announce before the end of the weekend, within 48 to 72 hours the president will evoke what is called the 'Stafford Act.'"


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