FILE PHOTO: Medical staff in a protective suit treats a patient suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in an intensive…
Medical staff in a protective suit treats a patient suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in an intensive care unit at the Oglio Po hospital in Cremona, Italy, March 19, 2020.

Daily Debunk

"Italy has decided NOT to treat their elderly for this virus. That, my friends, is socialized healthcare."

-- Claim made in a March 14, 2020 Facebook post

Verdict: Mostly False

Read the full story at: WRAL.com/Politifact

 

Social Media Disinfo​

Claim circulating on social media: A combination of the antimalarial hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin​ is key to combating COVID-19.

Verdict: Misleading

Read the full story: "Surgeon General Immediately Warns Views Against Trying Malaria Drug Treatment for Coronavirus after Dr. Oz Tels Fox Viewers He's Testing It" -- Newsweek

 

Factual Reads on Coronavirus

Lessons from Past Outbreaks Could Help Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic
The 1918 influenza pandemic and 2002–2003 SARS outbreak suggest social distancing measures, communication and international cooperation are the most effective methods to slow COVID-19.
-- Scientific American, March 23

Why this Nobel laureate predicts a quicker coronavirus recovery: 'We're going to be fine'
While many epidemiologists are warning of months, or even years, of massive social disruption and millions of deaths, Stanford's Michael Levitt says the data simply don't support such a dire scenario — especially in areas where reasonable social distancing measures are in place.
-- Los Angeles Times/Yahoo News, March 22

Can’t Get Tested? Maybe You’re in the Wrong Country​.​
Scientists say the chasm between the testing haves and have-nots reflects politics, public health strategies and, in some cases, blunders​.
-- New York Times, March 20

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