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

19 September, 2020

From the BBC News website. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-54087605

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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.'

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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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