The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 05/15/2020

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 Rand Paul: $3 trillion for federal coronavirus stimulus packages is “being borrowed basically from China.”

Politifact rating: False

No, U.S. isn’t expected to borrow heavily from China to pay for COVID-19 stimulus

Claim by Donald Trump: Now, Germany — we’re very close to Germany. We have a very good relationship with Germany. Germany has done very good. They have a very low mortality rate like we do. We have a low mortality rate also.”

AP Fact Check rating: False

AP FACT CHECK: Trump is not credible on virus death tolls

Claim by Coalition for the Homeless: New York City could pay to house its homeless population in hotel rooms currently sitting vacant, but Mayor Bill de Blasio “has absolutely to this point refused to do that.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True

Fact-checking a claim about hotel rooms and the homeless in New York City

Claim via Social Media: An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and top White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci violating social distancing guidelines.

Check Your Fact rating: False


Claim by Facebook post: Says gloves shouldn’t be worn in public because “if you are wearing the same set of gloves all over town you are only spreading germs everywhere you go.”

PolitiFact rating: True

No, you are not better off wearing gloves in public

(International: India) Claim: Videos show people who died from coronavirus in India

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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