The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 04/18/2020

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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 Dr. Phil: There are “360,000 (deaths) a year from swimming pools. But we don’t shut the country down for that.”

Politifact rating: False

Dr. Phil’s faulty point about the coronavirus and swimming pools

Claim via Social Media: An image shared on Facebook claims Walmart has adopted a staggered shopping schedule by age groups due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Check Your Fact rating: False

FACT CHECK: DID WALMART INTRODUCE A STAGGERED SHOPPING SCHEDULE BY AGE AMID THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Claim by the American Thinker: Did the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confess to lying about COVID-19 death numbers?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: CDC Did NOT Confess To Lying About COVID-19 Death Numbers

Claim via Social Media: Articles being shared on social media make the claim that a study to test the effectiveness of drug chloroquine on coronavirus patients in Brazil was halted after participants developed irregular heart rates and 11 died ( here , here )

Reuters Fact Check rating: True

True claim: Brazilian chloroquine study on COVID-19 patients was halted after 11 deaths

Claim by Gretchen Whitmer: “During the flu pandemic of 1918, some cities lifted social distancing measures too fast, too soon, and created a second wave of pandemic.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True

What the 1918 flu pandemic shows us about social distancing

(International) Claim: An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows money thrown in the streets by Venezuelans as a symbolic gesture amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check Your Fact (Venezuela) rating: False

FACT CHECK: DID VENEZUELANS THROW MONEY IN THE STREETS TO PROTEST HEALTH CARE AMID THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?

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