Online HOAX Claims Springfield Teen Has Has Coronavirus Virus
SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – An online hoax news article is claiming that a Springfield girl has contracted the Coronavirus virus.
Officials in Springfield have confirmed that this is not true.
“We have been made aware of an internet hoax alleging that a local person has contracted the coronavirus. These are popular hoaxes generated on the internet and posted on social media. We have no reports from any local health officials suggesting the virus has been contracted by anyone locally.” Assistant City Manager Ryan Martin
The article, entitled “16 Year Old Comes Down With Coronavirus in Springfield, TN” was posted on a website called “channel45news.com.” At first glance, the article looks legitimate. We don’t recommend visiting the site but if you do you will be greeted by a note that says “You’ve Been Pranked.” See the screenshot below.
According to the CDC, there are 12 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in the United States but as you can see on the CDC map below, none of the cases appear in Tennessee.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky is reporting multiple scams that are targeting people for donations.
Officials warn citizens to watch out for fake websites selling masks, or emails asking for donations or offering vaccines that don’t exist.
In an interview with Nashville’s News 5, Robyn Householder, President and CEO of the BBB serving Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky said, “Rely on professionals when you have concerns. If you are concerned about getting sick, call your medical professional.”