Not everything is what it seems.
There’s been word of Russia placing 40 million people into shelters to drill for nuclear war with the United States. This led to other rumors including imminent nuclear war between the two superpowers.
So did Russia really place 40 million people in shelters? No. The Russian government conducted an exercise that involved 40 million people. That means that 40 million people were somehow impacted. Emergency medical services conducted additional training, the military went on alert, citizens received a broadcast message, police conducted drills. If all of these people are added together, 40 million people were involved. Most of these people simply heard an emergency broadcast.