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The Infodemic: Are Most Diseases Transmitted by Hand?

FILE - In this March 9, 2020 file photo, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, center, bumps elbows with state Rep. Patrick Jefferson, instead of a traditional handshake, as a precaution against the new coronavirus.

Fake news about the coronavirus can do real harm. is spotlighting fact-checks from other reliable sources here​.

Daily Debunk

Claim: Over 80% of all diseases in the world are transmitted by hand.

Verdict: Misleading

Read the full story at: Africa Check

Social Media Disinfo


Circulating on social media: Claim that the Pirbright Institute, a British research institute dedicated to the study of infectious diseases of farm animals which has ties to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, holds a patent for a vaccine against COVID-19.

Verdict: False

Read the full story at: Reuters​

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