Now is not the time to joke, "I have coronavirus". For anything. Not sneezing or coughing on people and things. And definitely not to the cops. Because it could get you in some serious trouble.

Making a false claim of infection of a highly communicable disease or virus is Terroristic Threatening in the Second Degree - A class C Felony punishable by imprisonment up to 5 years and up to a $50,000 fine. (Alaska State Troopers)

A Pennsylvania supermarket says it had to throw out tens of thousands of dollars (estimated $35K) worth of food after a woman purposely coughed on items across the store.

The woman, who is allegedly known by police to be persistent problem in the community, is accused of carrying out a "very twisted prank" amid the coronavirus outbreak. (Newsweek)

 

The suspect has been identified and was taken to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. Criminal charges are expected to be filed against the woman.

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A man was charged with terrorism offences after allegedly coughing on a supermarket worker in New Jersey and telling her he had coronavirus.

In Alaska a person was arrested on outstanding warrants and once in the patrol car, told officers she had recently tested positive for COVID-19. She later retracted her claim, but by then it was too late.