Social media and the internet are a mixed bag, truly. Sure, we get misinformation, disinformation, election interference and tampered cat videos. Those are all really, really bad. But, we also have to THANK socials media. They’ve made it possible to tell if someone is dumb or not. In the olden days, you might SUSPECT someone was dumb but you wouldn’t have enough evidence to know for sure. Now, thanks to social media, the dumb among us are announcing their status proudly. If someone is peddling one of the following, there’s a very good chance they might be a dum-dum.

1.) No, 5G Isn’t Causing Coronavirus

This is almost so blitheringly stupid that it ALMOST doesn’t deserve to be debunked. It should be like if you had to tell an adult with a job and mortgage that enchanted faeries are a hoax. But, here we are.

So 5G is the next step in the evolution of modern telecommunications. It’s not everywhere yet but it will be. The main claim of this rumor is that the radiation from cell towers are weakening our immune systems and making us susceptible to this new virus. While it’s true that radiation COULD weaken the human immune system, cell towers (including 5G) are just not powerful enough. If you’re worried about the radiation from 5G towers I hope you’re staying away from light bulbs because they emit a similar amount of radiation. Also, there are major outbreaks of coronavirus in places that don’t even HAVE the 5G yet.

PRO TIP: When someone on social media tells you “sheeple” to “do you’re (sic) research!!’ what they’re really saying is, “Read the same crap I read online and come to THE EXACT SAME CONCLUSION THAT I DID!”

2.) Bill Gates Isn’t Planning to Kill Most (or Any) of Us with a Coronavirus Vaccine.

Bill Gates is second only to George Soros as the “Billionaire-Who-Is-EVIL…EVIL-I-Say”. The most recent version of the Evil Bill story includes a video in which Gates “admits that vaccines are for global depopulation”.

In a video from 2019, Gates is talking about his global vaccine initiative and he mentions increased vaccinations for children in Africa will result in the birth rates in those countries going down. Yep, he says this. Bill believes, and I hope he’s right, that increased vaccination will lead to fewer childhood deaths which will lead to a lower birth-rate. You know, from parents having way more children than they can afford because so many of them will be killed by preventable childhood diseases. It’s a little counter-intuitive, I guess, but not impossible to understand. Billy G. isn’t advocating vaccines because he wants to TAKE millions of lives. He’s doing it because he believes it will SAVE millions of lives.

3.) Uh-huh, That Harvard Doctor Wasn’t Arrested for “Selling the Coronavirus” to the Chinese

This one is relatively new but you’ve probably gotten this video recently in your FB feed:

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This is one of those cases where all you have to do is watch the video and you’ll see that it isn’t even claiming what the poster says it is claiming. The story, which was first reported in late January of 2020. Lieber, one of the leading world exports in chemistry and nano-tech, was arrested for (allegedly) selling U.S. tech and intellectual properties to China. It doesn’t have anything to do with coronavirus at all. Which is probably the reason that accusation isn’t made anywhere in the video. But some people see what they want to see, I guess.

4.) It’s True! That Scarf Probably Won’t Save You from Getting Covid-19

Millions of Americans are being urged to cover their faces when they go out. If it’s not an official recommendation for the CDC before the end of the week, I’ll be surprised.

I can see how this is tripping people up. On the one hand, we’re being told that N-95 masks should be used by those in the medical field because they’re actually effective at blocking some of the virus. Meanwhile, we’re being told to use the kind that DON’T work! What gives?

To be clear: the recommendation to cover your mouth/face isn’t to prevent YOU from getting Coronavirus. It’s to keep you from giving Coronavirus to someone else. One of the most pernicious things about Covid-19 is its stealthiness. You can get it, have it and get over without ever knowing. YOU might not feel sick but you could pass it on to people who WILL get very sick. If it helps, think of it this way: We know Coronavirus couldn’t ever hurt YOU, you stud-muffin. But, the thing your system laughs off could be fatal to a LESSER person. Like…your great-grandma or a cancer patient. Remember, with great power comes great responsibility. So, much like Spiderman, if you love your elderly aunt just wear your mask to keep her safe, ok?