Stephanie Pappas

Last week, a slickly produced video titled “Plandemic” began making the rounds on social media before being banned by Facebook and Twitter because of the misinformation it spread about the novel coronavirus.

Among the unfounded claims in the video is that masks “activate” the virus, that beaches have healing powers and that a vaccine against COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, will kill millions. These claims, experts in immunology and viruses told Live Science, are flatly untrue. Some echo the tropes of the anti-vaccine movement.

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