As the global death toll from an alarming new coronavirus surged
this week, 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.
The Food and Drug Administration has repeatedly warned consumers
not to drink MMS, last year calling it effectively a “dangerous
bleach” that could cause “severe vomiting” and “acute liver
failure.” But those warnings haven’t stopped QAnon devotees — who
believe in a world where Donald Trump is at war with shadowy
deep-state “cabal” — from promoting a lethal substance as a salve
for a health crisis that speaks to the darkest recesses of fringe
Drink up, morons. And don’t forget to rinse your eyes with that stuff, too — that’s how the virus spreads.