The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 03/24/2020

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 via Social Media: Is the U.S. government using the 2020 Census to determine who will receive a possible stimulus check?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: U.S. Government Is NOT Using Participation In Census To Determine Recipients Of Potential Stimulus Checks

Claim by Bloggers: “The CDC can detain anyone with a fever — indefinitely. … Vaccination (is) a way people could get out of detention.”

PolitiFact rating: False

Clarifying what’s accurate, and not, in claims about quarantines

Claim: Do physicians and other medical workers need to insert a swab through the nasal passage to the top of the throat of possible patients to test for COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus.

Lead Stories rating: True

Fact Check: Coronavirus Test DOES Require Swab To Be Inserted Clear Through Nasal Passage

Claim by TRUMP: On addressing a shortage of ventilators: “General Motors, Ford, so many companies — I had three calls yesterday directly, without having to institute like: `You will do this’ — these companies are making them right now.”

AP Fact Check rating: False

AP FACT CHECK: Trump says he always knew virus was pandemic

Claim via Social Media: Does a photo of hundreds of people lying on the street accurately depict the dire situation in Italy due to the coronavirus?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Photos Do NOT Show People Falling Dead Of COVID-19 On Italy’s Streets

International Fact Checks

Claim by WhatsApp users: Covid-19 testing kit shared as vaccine

Claim by Social media users: Russia unleashed lions on its streets to ensure people stay indoors

Claim by Multiple netizens: Consuming alcoholic beverages may help reduce the risk of infection of COVID-19

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