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Coronavirus: The Infodemic - March 31

Blood samples are prepared for testing for the corona virus at a laboratory in Berlin, Germany, March 26, 2020, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

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

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Claim: Blood type, smoking are risk factors for COVID-19.

Verdict: Likely True

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Social Media Disinfo​

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Circulating on social media: WhatsApp chain claims Guatemala ordered a complete quarantine.

Verdict: False

Read the full story: "Information about a complete quarantine in Guatemala" -- Poynter Institute, citing Agencia Ocote​

Factual Reads on Coronavirus

‘We need to be alert’: Scientists fear second coronavirus wave as China’s lockdowns ease
Other countries on lockdown will be watching for a resurgence of infections in Hubei province now that travel restrictions are lifting.
-- Nature, March 30

No, the coronavirus wasn’t made in a lab. A genetic analysis shows it’s from nature
The virus’s genetic makeup reveals that SARS-CoV-2 isn’t a mishmash of known viruses, as might be expected if it were human-made.
-- ScienceNews, March 26​

Mathematics of life and death: How disease models shape national shutdowns and other pandemic policies
A Dutch epidemic modeler is producing computer simulations that will help his government decide on what actions to take to control the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
-- Science, March 25​

UK has enough intensive care units for coronavirus, expert predicts
UK deaths from the disease are now unlikely to exceed 20,000, [Imperial College London epidemiologist Neil Ferguson] said, and could be much lower.
-- NewScientist (UK), March 25

Hispanics more likely than Americans overall to see coronavirus as a major threat to health and finances
The spread of the coronavirus has the potential to hit many of the nation’s nearly 60 million Latinos particularly hard.
-- Pew Research Center, March 24

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