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The Infodemic: Social Media Posts Spread Misinformation About COVID-19 Deaths


FILE - El Paso County Medical Examiner's Office staff roll bodies that are in bags labeled "Covid" from refrigerated trailers into the morgue office amid the COVID-19 outbreak, in El Paso, Texas, Nov. 23, 2020.

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

Daily Debunk

Claim: "A virus DID NOT kill 300,000 Americans. Old age did. Pharmaceuticals did. Processed foods did. Pesticides did. Hospitals & Ventilators did. Lack of proper nutrition, sunlight & exercise did."

Verdict: False

Read the full story at: Reuters

Social Media Disinfo

Circulating on social media: An image from Paris' celebrations after France won the 2018 World Cup has been widely shared on Facebook, with the claim it shows protests in Paris against coronavirus restrictions in December 2020.

Verdict: False

Read the full story at: AFP Fact Check

Factual Reads on Coronavirus

How gendered disinformation adapts to the context of Covid-19
-- European Federation of Journalists, December 21

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