The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 04/17/2020

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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 Kellyanne Conway: “This is COVID-19, not COVID-1, folks. And so you would think the people charged with the World Health Organization facts and figures would be on top of that.”

Politifact rating: False

Kellyanne Conway misleads on name for COVID-19, says it’s ‘not COVID-1’

Claim: Social media users have been sharing a post online with what they claim to be a list of bullet points compiled by Johns Hopkins University to summarize best practice for avoiding the coronavirus.

Reuters Fact Check rating: False

False claim: Johns Hopkins University shared bullet-point coronavirus tips

Claim via Social Media: Says Dr. Anthony Fauci “stands to lose 100 million dollars on Bill Gates ‘vaccine’ for the coronavirus. Because he invested in this vaccine.”

Politifact rating: False

Facebook posts falsely claim Dr. Fauci has millions invested in a coronavirus vaccine

Claim by the Epoch Times: Did China’s Communist government create the novel coronavirus in a laboratory and release it into the world as a deadly bioweapon?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: There Is NO Evidence China Created, Then Unleashed Coronavirus As Bioweapon

Claim by Donald Trump: Trump said the WHO “attack[ed]” and “actually fought” the U.S. over Trump’s decision to impose travel restrictions on China.

Factcheck.org rating: False

FactChecking Trump’s Attack on the WHO

(International) Claim: That the intensive care unit (ICU) of Causeway Hospital in Northern Ireland will close during the coronavirus pandemic. (here)
Reuters Fact Check (Northern Ireland) rating: False

False claim: Northern Irish hospital to close intensive care unit during coronavirus pandemic

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