Disinformation in a time of Covid-19: Weekly Trends in South Africa

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11 July 2021, Maverick Citizen, Thandi Smith & William Bird

William Bird is director of Media Monitoring Africa (MMA).

One of the common trends over the past few weeks have been complaints about Ivermectin. It has been touted as a miracle drug, to cure Covid-19, or as an effective preventative tool to be taken prophylactically. Some complaints relate to content suggesting that it should be used with a range of other over-the-counter medications from vitamins and antihistamines to lemon juice and hot water. There is even a business publication that has decided that not only is it a revolutionary drug but those opposing it are somehow denying our freedoms and are pushing a big pharma oppressive anti-democratic government agenda. Yes, a business publication.

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