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The Infodemic: Can Smoking Protect Against COVID-19?

An employee of a tobacco shop sells a pack of cigarettes at the Vallecas neighborhood, in Madrid, Spain March 13, 2020.

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Daily Debunk

Claim: Smoking may protect against COVID-19.

Verdict: Unsupported

Read the full story: "Little to no evidence that smoking protects against COVID-19; may increase risk of complications instead," Health Feedback​

Social Media Disinfo​

Circulating on social media: The White House is selling coins commemorating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Verdict: False

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-- CNN, April 30​

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-- Scientific American, April 28