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Coronavirus: The Infodemic - March 18

President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency March 13, 2020, in the Rose Garden of the White House.

Fake news about the coronavirus can do real harm. VOA and are aggregating fact-checks here.

Daily Debunk

"Google is helping to develop a website. It’s going to be very quickly done, unlike websites of the past, to determine whether a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location."

- President Trump, March 13, Rose Garden news conference

Verdict: Misleading

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Social Media Disinfo​

Claim circulating on social media: Drinking water every 15 minutes will keep you from getting COVID-19.


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Factual Reads on Coronavirus

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Baltimore Sun, March 17​

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"Being elderly, having an underlying illness and possibly being male all increase the risk of dying from an infection with the virus"
- Scientific America, March 3

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