The year 2020 brought a COVID-19 pandemic as well as a pandemic of misinformation.
From the first reported case in Wuhan, China, scientists have worked around the clock to gather information about this new coronavirus. In a year, we have learned a lot about the structure of the new coronavirus, how it spreads, and ways to reduce transmission.
But with new information comes misinformation. There have been many potentially dangerous theories related to COVID-19, ranging from the new coronavirus being human-made to the idea that injecting bleach or other disinfectants could protect against infection.
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Friday’s coronavirus briefing was led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He was joined by Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, and Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser.