Officials: Some People Faking Coronavirus Symptoms

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Jeffrey Travis Long of Inman, South Carolina, is facing charges after authorities say he lied about having the new coronavirus, causing a business to shut down and creating panic in a school system. (Spartanburg County Sheriff's Department via AP)

As coronavirus fears grip the nation, there are people who are actually faking symptoms of the virus.

In Columbus, Ohio, City Attorney Zach Klein said he in aware of a “few instances” where people have tried to fake the symptoms to avoid arrest, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

In one case, a suspect was spotted fleeing from a car break-in.

When police tried to take the man into custody, he claimed to have trouble breathing and began “flailing on the ground coughing,” Klein said.

Police put on their personal protective equipment and secured the suspect. Paramedics later determined the man was pretending to have the symptoms. full story


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