By Chloe-lee Longhetti For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 00:38 BST, 1 April 2020 | Updated: 00:38 BST, 1 April 2020
Married At First Sight fans have come up with a bizarre - and false - theory that Mikey Pembroke had coronavirus when he filmed Tuesday night's reunion dinner party.
Viewers falsely speculated on Twitter that the 29-year-old operations manager was 'patient zero' for COVID-19 in Australia because he kept coughing on camera - although he never contracted the virus.
While there is no evidence Mikey was exposed to COVID-19, and none is suggested, fans pointed out that had just returned from a holiday in Italy when the episode was recorded on January 15.
However, Mikey could not have been exposed to COVID-19 for the reason that the first detected case in Italy was only some time later, namely on January 29.
Bizarre! MAFS' Mikey Pembroke is falsely accused of being 'patient zero' for COVID-19 in Australia because he kept coughing at the reunion filmed TWO MONTHS ago after returning from Italy
'Mikey came back from overseas. He is coughing. Patient zero?' one person tweeted in the first of several false claims.
Another wrote: 'Why isn't Mikey in quarantine? I mean, that's a lot of coughing.'
A third added: 'Oh God, Mikey's coughing, he's patient X for coronavirus with this lot.'
Speculating: Viewers speculated on Twitter that the 29-year-old operations