Uncertainty fuels coronavirus scams, misinformation around Colorado

The Colorado Sun: Robocalls offering help getting stimulus checks. Posts on Facebook that suggest vitamins and essential oils to combat COVID-19. Debates on Twitter over the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus. Misleading information about rules on when to wear a face mask.

There’s plenty of misinformation and disinformation circulating as Coloradans and the rest of the world cope with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. 

Some of it is easily disproved. The claim that coronavirus is no more dangerous than the flu is misleading. Nearly 330 Coloradans died of COVID-19 in a month’s span, from March 13 through Monday, compared with 567 deaths from flu and pneumonia in all of 2018, according to the most recent data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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