The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 04/12/2020


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: Says COVID-19 remains in the air for eight hours and that everyone is now required to wear masks “everywhere.”

Politifact Rating: False

Post saying new coronavirus stays in the air for 8 hours is false

Claim by Trump: “The problem is when something like this comes along, which you don’t expect. Look, 1917, it’s a long time ago, perhaps 100 million people died. It’s a long time ago, so people don’t think it’s going to happen.”

AP Fact Check rating: False

FACT CHECK: Trump pitches drug not approved for coronavirus

Claim via Social Media: “The flu shot causes false positive results on COVID-19 tests”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate

Claim that flu shot causes false positive results on COVID-19 tests is unsupported and misleading

Claim via Social Media: Is India suing Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates because he vaccinated 77,000 girls, many of whom died?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: India Is NOT Suing Bill Gates For Vaccination Deaths

Claim via Social Media: “In Chicago, Covid-19 actually LOWERED the death rate.”

Politifact rating: False

No, the coronavirus did not cause the death rate to drop in Chicago

(International) Claim: A Facebook post shared thousands of times claims seven children died in Senegal after being given a COVID-19 vaccine.

AFP Fact Check (France) rating: False

Senegalese children did not die from a coronavirus vaccine (which does not yet exist)

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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