The Good Will Hunting star has been locked down in Ireland with his family and multiple teachers since early March
In a recent interview with Irish radio show Fully Charged, Matt Damon revealed the charming circumstances of his family's lockdown in Dalkey, Ireland.
Dalkey is an upscale suburb of Dublin where the Contagion star had arranged to stay with wife, Luciana Barroso, and their three daughters while he was filming The Last Duel with director Ridley Scott and co-star Adam Driver. The couple brought teachers along for the trip to make sure their children stayed on top of their education, but ever since the project was put on hiatus in early March, Damon, his family, and those teachers have all been locked down together.
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The Wildest Online Conspiracy Theories About the Coronavirus And Why Everyone Is Talking About Bill Gates
Just don't listen to anything qAnon says.
If there's anything that's spreading faster than COVID-19 is spreading across the globe, it's rumors and misinformation about the virus.
You may have heard any number of things about the new coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China by now, but odds are that only a fraction of that information is actually accurate. Here are the craziest, falsest, and just plain funniest coronavirus conspiracy theories.
Cocaine cures coronavirus<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjg2OTAzNi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0OTgxNDgxNX0.38IzL0XjqpnNCDANoW1sxLYDkhMyxJOi1AjGGATeSdI/img.jpg?width=980" id="2cc0e" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="a7dbec40b3b97a53718ee6f7e95745be" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>Thanks to a series of viral online posts, many French citizens apparently genuinely believed that snorting cocaine could cure them of COVID-19, forcing the French department of health to post an official notice stating that cocaine does not, in fact, cure anything. </p>
Coronavirus is activated by 5G networks<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjg2OTA0Mi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNDgxNjU2OH0.HnIxBH4RtKmA47qVKjKRmN7cxyr_dUcXCZrhzU47olg/img.jpg?width=980" id="753e4" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="8a22ab25e88ebd16dd359854702367c6" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>In the deep, dark wells of the Internet, a theory has emerged that claims the Chinese were given a mandatory vaccine last year that contained the coronavirus, which was then "activated" by 5G services in the country. At least Trump's space force is poised to step in. </p>
Bill Gates invented the coronavirus<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjg2OTA0OC9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNDkyNTIxNn0.uVf7P8_iYjzNZWmrpO3WI3XfamSfqZfluqaonEKO2fM/img.png?width=980" id="aeedd" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="5db68c0311375172ce9666a516a268ef" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>It's actually admirable that this list somehow manages to get crazier as it progresses despite starting with an assertion that Harvard and Bill Gates "weakened the sun". But seriously, <a href="https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanhatesthis/qanon-supporters-and-anti-vaxxers-are-spreading-a-hoax-that" target="_blank">people actually think Bill Gates is responsible for the virus. </a></p>
The coronavirus was patented in 2015<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjg2OTA1OS9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTU5OTc0NjUwNn0.SU1sE3-WtcT057XuAhIVUvaO5v_5bUsAL4oMydX_Tgw/img.png?width=980" id="33350" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="58964f687f5556e8ad8a07395cb273be" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p><a href="https://patents.justia.com/patent/10130701" target="_blank">The patent</a> referenced here was for a much weaker version of a coronavirus to be used as a vaccine on birds and other animals, and it has nothing to do with the current pandemic affecting humans. As Dr. Erica Bickerton, who studies avian pathology for Pirbright, <a href="https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanhatesthis/qanon-supporters-and-anti-vaxxers-are-spreading-a-hoax-that" target="_blank">told <em>BuzzFeed News</em></a>, "The name coronavirus is a whole family of viruses," she said. "Each of these viruses has their own characteristics."</p>
American Democrats are responsible for the virus' spread to America<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjg2OTA4My9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNzg2MzM4MX0.m9bxaPNLOGjJkhBWCGME0Bre2YOw9AcBbEFUG0A8BvI/img.png?width=980" id="6671a" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="02b79896eba8301dcc0fdf43f908dc7e" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>Donald Trump Jr. recently went on <em>Fox and Friends</em> and said, "For [Democrats] to try to take a pandemic and seemingly hope that it comes here and kills millions of people, so that they could end Donald Trump's streak of winning, is a new level of sickness," he said. "You know, I don't know if this is coronavirus or Trump derangement syndrome, but these people are infected badly." The President has jumped aboard his son's disinformation campaign, <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/inside-trumps-frantic-attempts-to-minimize-the-coronavirus-crisis/2020/02/29/7ebc882a-5b25-11ea-9b35-def5a027d470_story.html" target="_blank">repeatedly conjecturing that the virus is a hoax by the Democrats to oust him from office. </a></p>
The coronavirus was created in a lab in Wuhan<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e5014064e9b3187d6849d8325ebaf6a4"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ytGIkcCh7T8?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>This particular theory has been shared widely across the Internet, and despite being utter nonsense, Republican Congressman Tom Cotton even espoused it on live television. As<em> </em><a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/climate-and-people/coronavirus-myths/" target="_blank"><em>the Telegraph</em></a> points out, "The coronavirus is just another zoonotic infection - a virus that jumped from animals to humans. The Spanish flu, HIV and Ebola are others."</p>
Eating garlic can protect you from the coronavirus<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjg2OTEzOC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwNTg2MTIzOX0.WElj9kl79C15ReLMGR_sEomRyBkno19bUyP8UruepBc/img.jpg?width=980" id="7796b" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3d2dd44617828dc1ccfe98ed557221b6" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>It's unclear where this one originated, but the WHO has been clear that "no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus."</p>
Drinking bleach can protect you from the coronavirus<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjg2OTE1Mi9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMTMyODQzNH0.7Jo20o_eJPd_fGchhqpsPn0MP3RKjhKlz-ixhCtaD4Y/img.png?width=980" id="763a3" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="64a22e5f7194c9b3240bc988821cfa53" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>Don't drink bleach. Just don't ever drink bleach, even if someone is calling said bleach a "Miracle Mineral Solution." According to <a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/qanon-conspiracy-theorists-magic-cure-for-coronavirus-is-drinking-lethal-bleach?ref=author" target="_blank"><em>the Daily Beast</em></a>, a "promoters of the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory were urging their fans to ward off the illness by purchasing and drinking dangerous bleach. The substance—dubbed 'Miracle Mineral Solution' or 'MMS'—has long been promoted by fringe groups as a combination miracle cure and vaccine for everything from autism to cancer and HIV/AIDS."</p>
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The stars of Soderbergh's prescient film Contagion have teamed up with Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health to offer a bit of science to help you get through this real-life pandemic.
If there's one thing to learn from the current coronavirus pandemic, it's that Steven Soderbergh is an underrated director.
Just kidding: Steven Soderbergh is a beautiful gift from the movie gods, and everyone knows it. The real lesson of today's upside down world is: Learn how to properly wash your damn hands. If you've yet to amass an entire playlist of excellent 20-second song clips to wash your hands to (we recommend the Friends theme song up until the chorus), then you've got plenty of time to learn while you play with your cats, count your cans of beans, and stare yearningly out the window like you're in a Baroque portrait.
But to help things along, the stars of Soderbergh's prescient film Contagion have teamed up with Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health to offer a bit of science to help you get through this real-life pandemic.
Contagion resonates for many reasons, from the film's chief medical consultant contracting the virus himself to the film's stark depiction of loss of life: Empty shelves in the grocery store develop into violent looting; bleary scenes of empty, trash-filled streets turn into scenes of mass graves. But then, through the miraculous work of the CDC and one female doctor's daring risk, a vaccine is developed within a year. Slowly, order returns to the world. Shopping malls resume the march of capitalism. Teens go to prom (sort of).
But the overarching theme of Contagion is that people need each other, and in times of crisis it's possible to honor our interconnectedness more than our distance (cultural, social, and economic, as well as physical). With that in mind, four of the actors who play the film's most poignant roles have these home-made messages for you (with all science coming directly from the scientists on the frontlines of this pandemic).
MATT DAMON: On Listening to Experts
"We can all do this together...just by staying apart."
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LAURENCE FISHBURNE: On What We Can Do Right Now
"A pandemic means that the virus is everywhere, but it won't be every place at the same time. So, if it's not where you live today, you can bet that that's going to change. If you don't know anyone who's sick yet, you can also bet that that will change."
COVID-19 PSAs from the cast of CONTAGION: Laurence Fishburne youtu.be
KATE WINSLET: On How Stopping the Spread Is in Your Hands
"We all want a cure. But until we have one, we need to be that for each other. Starting now."
JENNIFER EHLE: On Vaccines
"Paranoia is a kind of virus, as well. It requires fear and misinformation to spread, and we don't need scientists to cure that–just compassion and common sense."
COVID-19 PSAs from the cast of CONTAGION: Jennifer Ehle youtu.be
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