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We need to find a cure for fake medical news

Patients who believe in false information may decline treatment or drugs, endangering their health

Mr X, 60, was taking a post-dinner walk when he felt a sudden tightness in his chest. The discomfort progressively worsened in the next 10 minutes until he found it suffocating.

He started to sweat profusely in his air-conditioned room and then began to feel dizzy. Later, he told me that it felt like it was the end of the world for him.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2020, with the headline 'We need to find a cure for fake medical news'. Print Edition | Subscribe