The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 04/25/2020

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 Veronica Escobar: Says Texas “either is near the bottom or at the very bottom when it comes to testing per capita.”

Politifact rating: True

Texas lags behind other states in coronavirus testing per capita

Claim by Social media posts: A viral image suggests a “Canine Coronavirus Vaccine” means a vaccine for the novel coronavirus already exists. rating: False

Facebook Users Wrongly Tie Dog Vaccine to Novel Coronavirus

Claim via Social Media: “The pH for the coronavirus varies from 5.5 to 8.5. What we need to do to defeat the coronavirus is to consume more alkaline foods above the virus’ pH level.”

Health Feedback rating: Incorrect

Eating alkaline food cannot prevent or cure COVID-19

Claim via Social Media: Posts on social media make the claim that the government of Minnesota is allowing mosques to remain open amidst the novel coronavirus outbreak, while Christian churches are closed

Reuters Fact Check rating: False

False claim: Minnesota’s government allowing mosques to remain open while churches must close amidst COVID-19 outbreak

The claim: Revenue from gun sales went up while crime declined amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the US

USA Today Fact Check rating: True

Fact check: Guns sales rise and crime falls as the coronavirus spreads in US

(International: Italy) Claim: Non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Italy are committing suicide.

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