The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 05/02/2020

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 Tony Evers: Says Wisconsin measures have “prevented the death of at least 300 Wisconsinites, and perhaps as many as 1,400 lives.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True

Has “Safer At Home” in Wisconsin saved 300+ lives?

Claim by TechStartups: “By administering hydroxychloroquine combined with azithromycin, they were able to observe an improvement in all cases, except in one patient”

Health Feedback rating: Misleading

Claim that hydroxychloroquine-azithromycin is a proven cure for COVID-19 patients is misleading and unsupported

Claim by Rudy Giuliani: “Why did the US (NIH) in 2017 give $3.7m to the Wuhan Lab in China? Such grants were prohibited in 2014. Did Pres. Obama grant an exception?”

Politifact rating: False

Rudy Giuliani wrong about US policy, grant amount to Wuhan virus lab

Claim by Bakersfield Doctors: Has the coronavirus mortality rate been proven to be 0.03% — far less deadly than previously thought?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Coronavirus Mortality Rate NOT Proven To Be 0.03% By Bakersfield Doctors

Claim via Social Media: Says President Barack Obama “signed the medical appliance tax bill that forced companies to outsource manufacturing of masks, gowns, gloves and ventilaors [sic] to China, Europe and Russia to avoid the tax.”

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire

Viral post alleging Obama-era device tax caused current PPE shortage is way off

(International: India) Claim: Video of a Muslim woman and her child who were hit and killed by a car due to growing Islamophobia in India

Alt News rating: False

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