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The Infodemic: Scientists Didn't Discuss Virus That Causes COVID-19 in 2008 Study

FILE - This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which cause COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S..

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Claim: Scientists discussed SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, in a 2008 study.

Verdict: False

Read the full story at: Reuters

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Circulating on social media: Posts linking to a website that invites Nigerians to apply for financial help from a Covid-19 survival fund provided by the government of Africa’s most populous country.

Verdict: Fake

Read the full story at: Agence France-Presse

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