Sorting the real from the rubbish and challenging those who stir the Omicron pot of fear

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5 December 2021, William Bird and Nomshado Lubisi, Daily Maverick

Week 41: Discerning the cred from the crud 

It was another busy week for Real411, with complaints received that ranged from the vaccine being the invention of the devil to how the water interruptions for maintenance and repairs in Johannesburg were really about enabling the government to flood the water system with the latest variant. These examples are at the extreme and are easy to disprove by applying basic logic. For example,  if “the government” really wanted to flood the water system with chemicals, why doesn’t it just add them at the purification plants? Why dig up a massive pipe to do so? Perhaps more tricky to disprove are the sources of information that look as though they might be credible.

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