A social media post circulating on Instagram claiming two students at Ryerson University contracted coronavirus has been debunked. The post, which featured an alleged screenshot of a notice titled “Virus Outbreak,” was called “fake” by university officials within hours of being posted on Monday, January 27. However, it had already been up long enough to be widely shared online and for it to cause panic.\nThe viral image, which was widely shared on social media on Monday, appeared to show a computer screen on Ryerson’s Community Safety and Security page.\nAlthough the photo is slightly cut off, it appears to suggest two students reportedly registered at the school had been admitted to Toronto General Hospital and tested positive for coronavirus.\nHowever, the image of the alleged "coronavirus incident" was soon scrubbed from social media. Ryerson told Narcity that the post circulating online was “fake.”\nThe photo also appeared to claim that the students were on campus between January 6 and January 23. It suggested that the “incident” was reported on January 23. It also alleged that the school was investigating all the locations the students had supposedly visited.\nExplain this @RyersonU pic.twitter.com/ZQF6jiQ9j9— luqman ahmed (@lqmnahmed) January 27, 2020\nOnce notified of the post, the university carried out an internal investigation and found that there had not been an update on the Ryerson website. They suggested that the viral image on Instagram was fake.\nStudent newspaper The Eyeopener first reported the posting was fake and shared an update on Twitter.\nA Ryerson communications representative has confirmed to The Eye that the image circulating is fake and the university is investigating how the screenshot began circulating.— The Eyeopener (@theeyeopener) January 27, 2020\n"Ryerson University is aware that there are fake social media posts alleging that Ryerson students have been admitted to hospital with the coronavirus today," Ryerson said to Narcity on Monday.\nRyerson representatives continued, "There are no cases of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) at Ryerson University."\nThe school provided a full update on Tuesday which can be found here.\nHowever, by the time the response from the school was issued, news of the potential virus on campus had already been spread amongst the student population.\nSome students took to Twitter to express their frustrations with the “fake alert” news at Ryerson.\nIf the coronavirus thing at Ryerson is fake I’m gonna throw hands bc why are you putting out fake news to scare people— Swarsicle (@VinaliPxtel) January 27, 2020\nwhoever just hacked the ryerson medical centre website and put out an alert saying 2 students were confirmed to have the coronavirus can u relax and go study— Toni (@Txni_) January 27, 2020\nthere is a special place in hell for whoever made that fake ryerson security incident about two ryerson students with corona virus— hcct (@hvnchristina) January 27, 2020\nNo one at Ryerson has the corona virus but the fact that everyone just accepted a screenshot of a security incident as proof even though they could have just checked their email and recognized that it was fake is just so crazy to me— Kristen (@ThatNerdGurl_) January 27, 2020\nThe fact that someone went to the extent of creating a fake alert about coronavirus at ryerson just shows how fucked up people really are— ml (@MateenLodhi) January 27, 2020\n"No one at Ryerson has the corona virus but the fact that everyone just accepted a screenshot of a security incident as proof even though they could have just checked their email and recognized that it was fake is just so crazy to me," reads one tweet.\nThe photo spread shortly after the first case of new coronavirus in Toronto was confirmed.\nCanada also just beefed up its travel alert to level three for China, recommending that the area of Wuhan be avoided.\nAs of Wednesday afternoon in Ontario, two cases of novel coronavirus have been found in Toronto. Provincial public health personnel are investigating 23 others for possible infection, according to CP24.\n*This article has been updated.