Facebook now tags a 2015 COVID-19 Test Patent report, suggesting that the ongoing pandemic was already planned before it appeared, as fake news. Richard A. Rothschild is the one behind the false conspiracy.(Photo : Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
In this photo illustration the Social networking site Facebook is displayed on a laptop screen on March 25, 2009 in London, England. The British government has made proposals which would force Social networking websites such as Facebook to pass on details of users, friends and contacts to help fight terrorism.
Ron Lloyd, an Australia-based user, published the false claim on Oct. 7. The Facebook post currently has 74 reactions, 43 comments, and 173 shares. It features a screenshot of a United States patent application for Rothschild’s “SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TESTING COVID-19.
If you visit the original post, a message will now pop-up, saying that the image contains false information. Once you click the “See Why” option, you’ll see that it AFP APAC already fact-checked the post, stating that the claim has no basis in fact, as stated by independent fact-checkers.
Rothschild’s 2015 COVID-19 Test Patent
The screenshot shows that the patent was first filed in 2013. Espacenet reported that Rothschild’s file is just a “continuation in part” (CIP) application for a U.S. patent.(Photo : Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
In this photo illustration the Social networking site Facebook is reflected in the eye of a man on March 25, 2009 in London, England. The British government has made proposals which would force Social networking websites such as Facebook to pass on details of users, friends and contacts to help fight terrorism.
It was then submitted in May because experts said that the patent can be used to determine if a person is suffering from a viral infection, such as COVID-19, which causes the ongoing global pandemic.
Rainer Osterwalder, a European Patent Office spokesperson, said that the file is not linked to COVID-19 before 2020.
“In the first disclosed registration of 2016, this is about video data. In the subsequent applications of 2016/2017, the collection, processing and transmission of biometric data was specified,” he said.
Reuters also reported that it is not a proof that the pandemic is planned.
Other fake articles stating that COVID-19 is planned
Rothschild’s 2015 COVID-19 Test Patent is not the only fake COVID-19 conspiracy that made a fuss in social media. According to Reuters’ previous report, there are also other false claims that people should be aware of. These include a group of five hundred German doctors claiming that the pandemic was actually planned.
Although the group of medical experts called “Doctors for Education” really exist, it is considered an unreliable source of information. A German fact-checking organization called Correctiv successfully debunked the German doctors’ false claims regarding face masks, vaccines, and PCR tests.