The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to thousands of hospitalisations worldwide, but it's also created another serious problem: Misinformation.
Experts have expressed concern at the increase of false rumours swirling through the web - which range from bogus claims about treatment to false rumours about individuals being infected.
One recent story suggested that former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo had turned his chain of Pestana CR7 Hotels into treatment centres for those with coronavirus.
However, owners have confirmed the rumours to be completely fabricated.
Several media accounts retweeted a message from an Italian journalist stating: “Cristiano Ronaldo’s @PestanaCR7 hotels will become hospitals next week, where patients in Portugal will be treated free of charge. He will pay all medical staff. #COVID19. What a man.”
It was shared more than 1,700 times before Pestana Hotel spoke to AFP Fact Check.
According to The Independent, the spokesperson stated: “The information is inaccurate. We did not receive any indication in this regard.”
Transforming spaces such as hotels would be in breach of guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO), with these types of buildings deemed insufficient to supply the necessary equipment to successfully treat patients.
Ronaldo himself has not commented on the issue, although the Juventus player did release a statement via his social media accounts encouraging the public to follow the advice of WHO.
"Protecting human life must come above any other interests," said the footballer.