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PolitiFact’s coronavirus coverage in one place
In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 file photo, Passengers wear protective face masks at the departure hall of the high speed train station in Hong Kong. (AP) In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 file photo, Passengers wear protective face masks at the departure hall of the high speed train station in Hong Kong. (AP)

In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 file photo, Passengers wear protective face masks at the departure hall of the high speed train station in Hong Kong. (AP)

Daniel Funke
By Daniel Funke February 10, 2020

Since its outbreak in China in December, the 2019 coronavirus has infected tens of thousands of people worldwide. The World Health Organization declared it an international public health emergency. And misinformation about the virus is rampant online.

Below is a collection of PolitiFact’s ongoing coverage of the coronavirus, which we will continue to update as we research and report. See something you think we should fact-check? Send it to [email protected].

False reports

Claim that 10,000 have died from Wuhan coronavirus is Pants on Fire

FEMA did not propose martial law

No evidence that coronavirus causes sudden death syndrome

No evidence that United Kingdom is preparing for lockdown over coronavirus

Chinese billionaire floats conspiracy about coronavirus victim cremation

China air quality projections used to promote coronavirus cremation hoax

Fact-checking Rush Limbaugh’s misleading claim that the new coronavirus is "the common cold"

Hoaxes about origin

No, a Lysol label doesn’t prove the coronavirus isn’t new

Clorox bottles don’t prove the coronavirus was 'developed' before the outbreak

There’s no ‘coronavirus patent’

No, the Gates Foundation did not predict the virus

These plushies do not ‘commemorate’ the 2019 Novel coronavirus strain

Health misinformation site promotes conspiracy about coronavirus

The book ‘End of Days’ described an illness in 2020, but not 'Wuhan-400'

D’oh, ‘The Simpsons’ didn’t predict the coronavirus

Bioweapon conspiracies

Websites spin unproven link between Canada, China about coronavirus outbreak

No evidence that Chinese officials will say coronavirus was leaked from a lab

Coronavirus was not ‘created in a lab’ as a ‘bioweapon for population control’

Bogus cures

No, drinking bleach will not ward off coronavirus

No, there is no vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus

Cocaine not shown to treat novel coronavirus

Marijuana not shown to treat 2019 novel coronavirus

Medical masks should be worn with the colored side out

No, millions of Chinese didn’t convert to Islam seeking coronavirus immunity

No, the CDC isn’t recommending men shave their beard to protect against the coronavirus

Political conspiracies

Rush Limbaugh is spreading a conspiracy theory about the coronavirus and Trump’s re-election

 

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