Coronavirus (985) BBC: Bogus 'viral blockers' worn by politicians

19 September, 2020

From the BBC News website.


Coronavirus in Africa: Explaining the bogus 'viral blockers' worn by some politicians

'As scientists around the world race to find treatments and a vaccine for coronavirus, dozens of unproven cures are being promoted on and offline.

Politicians in Nigeria and Sudan, as well as other countries outside Africa, have been spotted wearing so-called “protective badges”. They're being marketed as “virus blockers” or “virus stoppers" and are being sold around the world.

These badges claim to kill viruses and bacteria by releasing a type of bleaching agent, but experts say they do not work and could cause real harm.'


In the accompanying video we learn that Russian politicians have been wearing the badges, including President Putin's spokesperson - who subsequently contracted COVID.

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