U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at United Association (UA) Plumbers Local 27.
FILE - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at United Association Plumbers Local 27 in Erie, PA, Oct. 10, 2020.

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

Daily Debunk

Claim: “I don’t know whether you noticed, he [U.S. President Donald Trump] recently said that, they asked him where he got the COVID, he said, ‘I probably got it from Blue Star parents.’ They’re people who lost a child in battle.” Former U.S. vice president Joe Biden, October 8.

Verdict: False

Read the full story at: FactCheck.org

Social Media Disinfo

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Circulating on social media: Claim that the indigenous peoples of the Americas “sacrificed” their leaders “as an offering to the gods” during epidemics.

Verdict: Misleading

Read the full story at: Agence France-Presse

 

Factual Reads on Coronavirus

Eight Persistent COVID-19 Myths and Why People Believe Them
From a human-made virus to vaccine conspiracy theories, we rounded up the most insidious false claims about the pandemic
-- Scientific American, October 12