The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 03/29/2020

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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 Facebook posts: Says the CDC now says that the coronavirus can survive on surfaces for up to 17 days.

PolitiFact rating: False

There’s no evidence COVID-19 can survive on surfaces up to 17 days

Claim by LifeSite News: “If we want to protect ourselves from the coronavirus, we must back away from all the climate change efforts we’ve been making”

Health Feedback rating: Flawed Reasoning

Global warming and the COVID-19 pandemic are unrelated issues: one will not protect us from the other

Claim via Social Media: Does a video show workers installing 5G, the fifth-generation wireless technology, at a school in Lindale, Texas?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show 5G Installation At Texas School

Claim via Social Media: Social media users have been sharing an image online that purports to be a screen grab of a news report claiming that the coronavirus has been found in crab legs.

Reuters Fact Check rating: False

False claim: Coronavirus has been found in crab legs

Claim: Is the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention planning, in the next 10 days, to change guidance and advise Americans to wear masks in everyday life? 

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: CDC Is NOT Scheduled To Recommend Masks For Everyday Life

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Claim by Multiple FB netizens: Photo shows army trucks in Italy carrying bodies of fatalities from coronavirus disease or COVID-19

Claim by Multiple sources: Drone shoots fireworks at Malaysians violating coronavirus lockdown

Claim by Mzwandile Masina, mayor of Ekurhuleni: Interferon alpha-2b is a vaccine for the new coronavirus.

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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1 Comment on The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 03/29/2020

  1. Marc S Ciresa // March 29, 2020 at 6:26 pm //

    Right side broadcasting network-where do they stand?

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