The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 03/18/2020

The code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network IFCN at Poynter is a series of commitments organizations abide by to promote excellence in fact-checking. The following fact checks come from IFCN fact checkers. (D. Van Zandt)

Claim by Joy Behar: “(Barack Obama) set up anti-pandemic programs in 47 vulnerable countries as a way to protect against something like the coronavirus, exactly. Do you know that Trump closed 37 of them?”

PolitiFact rating: False

‘The View’ co-host Joy Behar wrongly says Trump shut down 37 global anti-pandemic programs

Claim: A viral post shared more than 24,000 times on Facebook claims Mexico does not have any cases of the novel coronavirus.

Check Your Fact rating: False


Claim by Joe Biden: “The World Health Organization offered, offered the testing kits that they have available and to give it to us now. We refused them. We did not want to buy them.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False

Biden falsely says Trump administration rejected WHO coronavirus test kits (that were never offered)

Claim by Bloggers: Says Nancy Pelosi was “caught trying to include abortion funding in bill to combat coronavirus.”

PolitiFact rating: False

No, Pelosi wasn’t caught trying to add abortion funding into coronavirus bill

Claim by Social media posts: The new coronavirus is the “least deadly virus” and has a death rate lower than the 2009 H1N1 outbreak. rating: False

Infographic on Facebook Distorts Comparative Facts on Viruses

International Fact Checks

Claim by Anand Mahindra: N95 masks will kill virus

Claim by Multiple sources: Corona virus infects chicken in Sri Lanka

Claim by Facebook Posts: Video Shows Chinese Police Cracking Down On Suspected Coronavirus Patients

Disclaimer: We are providing links to fact checks by the IFCN. If you do not agree with a fact check, please directly contact the source of that fact check.

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