Rīga East hospital starts campaign against COVID disinformation

Riga East Clinical University Hospital (RAKUS) has launched a special #ApturiMelus (Stop Lies) campaign on social networks, explaining how COVID-19 patient treatment and medical work actually takes place, Latvian Television reported December 9.

As previously reported, two persons were detained on suspicion of spreading COVID-19 disinformation Wednesday, one of whom was an employee of RAKUS.

In the campaign's first video (in Latvian), the hospital's anaesthetologist-reanimatologist Roberts Stašinskis explains how the most severe cases of COVID-19 patients are treated, debunking the myths that questionable and untested methods are used to treat patients.

As part of the campaign, RAKUS medics will explain what the real situation is, and will debunk false statements in each episode.

The hospital said on Facebook that various conspiracy theories and speculation related to COVID-19 appeared on the Internet, and therefore had launched such a campaign.

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