Lack of knowledge has always been a successful tool to create fear. In times of the Coronavirus it offers many people the opportunity to worry other people. This includes various posts in social media or chain letters on WhatsApp or Messenger that have been forwarded by hundreds of thousands of users. However, caution is required here: Often it is not only misinformation but can prevent readers from taking the right measures.
We received several messages containing a chain letter with statements from alleged hospital staff or other specialists. According to the chain letter, a very questionable self-test involves holding your breath for ten seconds. If there are no complaints such as tightness or coughing, this test is supposed to prove that there is no fibrosis in the lungs and therefore no coronavirus. This is a dangerous method, which makes no sense from a medical point of view. It might even stop people with the virus from getting professional tests.
But this is not the first false report. Numerous other chain letters were sent out in the last few days. We would like to point out that you should not take all reports seriously but rather question them critically. In case of uncertainty, you should ask trusted medical personnel for advice. Never forget that stirring up fear and spreading panic is a method that can be fatal, especially for gullible people.
No matter where you are and how you are feeling, we wish you all the best and stay healthy!