The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 04/10/2020

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 Louie Gohmert: Says a powder has been developed that, when mixed with water, “is being used in Germany as a mist. Health care workers go through a misting tent going into the hospital and it kills the coronavirus completely dead not only right then, but any time in the next 14 days that the virus touches anything that’s been sprayed, it is killed.”

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire

No, a powder in Germany can’t kill coronavirus on contact and for 14 days

Claim from Social Media: Did the New York Times publish a video featuring an ER physician at Elmhurst Hospital who was peddling lies and doesn’t even work at the hospital?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: NYTimes Did NOT Invent Doctor Fighting Coronavirus In QAnon Conspiracy Theory

The claim: Texas’ governor has deemed religious services essential amid coronavirus outbreak

USA Today Fact Check rating: True

Fact Check: Yes, religious services are essential in Texas

Claim: Is the number of coronavirus death in the U.S. being exaggerating due to incorrect reporting methods?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Dr. Birx Video NOT Evidence of U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Being Inflated

Claim by Viral Image: Says a California surfer was “alone, in the ocean,” when he was arrested for violating the state’s stay-at-home order.

Politifact rating: Mostly True

LA County sheriff’s deputies arrested a paddle boarder for violating the state’s stay-at-home order

(International) Claim: Italy suffered a spike in novel coronavirus infections as a direct result of Italian citizens wearing shoes in their homes.

AFP Fact Check (Italy) rating: False

Hoax circulates online that people wearing shoes indoors triggered hike in COVID-19 cases in Italy

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