The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 05/12/2020

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 by Donald Trump: “There should be no problem” for any American returning to work right now to have access to both diagnostic tests for the novel coronavirus and antibody, or serological, tests. rating: False

How Many COVID-19 Tests Are ‘Needed’ to Reopen?

Claim by Gary Kelly: Regarding the risks of coronavirus transmission on an airplane, “It’s as safe as an environment as you’re going to find.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False

Southwest CEO’s boast about airplanes’ low COVID risk overlooks key concerns

Claim by Feminists News: “At the Reopen Ohio rally, armed right-wingers appear with convicted abortion clinic bomber and terrorist, John Brockhoeft (white shirt).

USA Today Fact Check rating: True

The claim: Convicted abortion clinic bomber was part of Ohio anti-lockdown protests

Claim via Social Media: A widely shared claim on social media alleges Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID, part of National Institutes of Health), was a member of the Microsoft Corporation board.

Reuters Fact check rating: False

False claim: Fauci served on Microsoft’s board with Bill Gates

Claim by Donald Trump: “Compare that to the Obama/Sleepy Joe disaster known as H1N1 Swine Flu. Poor marks … didn’t have a clue!”

AP Fact Check rating: False

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s perfect China ‘ban,’ death toll myths

(International: Saudi Arabia) Claim: People celebrating the end of lockdown in Saudi Arabia

AFP Fact Check rating: False

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.

Claim Codes: Red = Fact Check on a Right Claim, Blue = Fact Check on a Left Claim, Black = Not Political

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