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

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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 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.

FactCheck.org 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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