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Fake Science: XMRV, COVID-19, and the Toxic Legacy of Dr. Judy Mikovits

Authors
  • Neil, Stuart J.D.1
  • Campbell, Edward M.2
  • 1 Department of Infectious Disease, School of Immunobiology and Microbial Sciences, King's College London, London, United Kingdom.
  • 2 Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2020
Volume
36
Issue
7
Pages
545–549
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1089/aid.2020.0095
PMID: 32414291
PMCID: PMC7398426
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

One cannot spend >5 min on social media at the moment without finding a link to some conspiracy theory or other regarding the origin of SARS-CoV2, the coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. From the virus being deliberately released as a bioweapon to pharmaceutical companies blocking the trials of natural remedies to boost their dangerous drugs and vaccines, the Internet is rife with far-fetched rumors. And predictably, now that the first immunization trials have started, the antivaccine lobby has latched on to most of them. In the last week, the trailer for a new “bombshell documentary” Plandemic has been doing the rounds, gaining notoriety for being repeatedly removed from YouTube and Facebook. We usually would not pay much heed to such things, but for retrovirologists like us, the name associated with these claims is unfortunately too familiar: Dr. Judy Mikovits.

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