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Coronavirus: The Infodemic - March 20

CHINA -- Medical staff members collect samples from Chinese paramilitary police officer to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus as they return from holidays in Shenzhen in China's southern Guangdong province, February 11, 2020

Fake news about the coronavirus can do real harm. is spotlighting fact-checks from many sources here​.

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"COVID-19: Further Evidence that the Virus Originated in the US​"

- Article published on the website of the Centre for Research on Globalization

Verdict: False

Read the full story at: USA Today

Social Media Disinfo​

Misleading Facebook Post
Misleading Facebook Post

Claim circulating on social media: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said “migrants and illegals” in Malaysia were resisting COVID-19 test over fears of arrest.

Verdict: False

Read the full story: "UNHCR condemns fake notice which claimed refugees in Malaysia are resisting COVID-19 tests​" -- Agence France-Presse

Factual Reads on Coronavirus

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

Coronavirus Death Rate in Wuhan Lower Than Initial Estimates, New Study Finds​.
"The study, published Thursday in the journal Nature Medicine, found that the death rate among people who had symptoms was 1.4% in Wuhan, China, as of Feb. 29. That rate is lower than previous estimates of mortality rates for Covid-19, the disease caused by the new virus, in Wuhan and China overall​."
-- Wall Street Journal, March 19​

Coronavirus Survives on Surfaces up to 72 Hours. Here's How to Protect Yourself.
Because the virus that causes Covid-19 is, like other microbes, so durable, thoroughly washing hands after touching surfaces that anyone else might have touched — or not touching them in the first place — is the first line of defense against infection.
-- Stat, March 19

Johns Hopkins experts are learning more about the coronavirus. Here’s what they want you to know.
Researchers provide new information about the search for a vaccine, how the virus is spread, and what people can do to keep safe.
-- Baltimore Sun, March 17​

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