Coronavirus Fact Check

 Need to know if the latest COVID-19 rumor is true? News Break is here to help you separate fact from fiction.  

Is the United States is the only country with lockdown protests?

Confirmed FALSE

The U.S. Isn’t the Only Country With Lockdown Protests
Annenberg Political Fact Check

Did Trump tweet Obama failed to prepare him for a pandemic?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: President Trump Did NOT Tweet Obama ‘Had 8 Years To Prepair The Next President For A Pandemic And He Failed’
leadstories.com

Was Fauci a member of Microsoft’s board?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Fauci served on Microsoft’s board with Bill Gates
Reuters

Is this list of flu shot ingredients real?

Confirmed FALSE

Misinformation on US flu shot ingredients resurfaces during pandemic
afp.com

Will flu shots make you test positive for COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Flu shot will not make you test positive for COVID-19
afp.com

Did Tom Hanks and wife die from COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson died from COVID-19
Reuters

Is COVID-19 death rate of NYC 200 times higher than the world’s largest 10 cities?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: COVID-19 Death Rate In NYC Is NOT 200 Times Higher Than World’s 10 Largest Cities
leadstories.com

Is White House selling coronavirus coins?

Confirmed FALSE

The White House Isn’t Selling Coronavirus Coins
Annenberg Political Fact Check

Is the mortality rate of COVID-19 0.004%?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: The death rate of the new coronavirus is 0.004 percent
Reuters

Can these herbs and spices prevent COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: 12 herbs and spices can prevent or treat different viruses
Reuters

Did Trump urge people to inject disinfectants?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: Trump Did NOT Urge People To Inject Disinfectants To Thwart Coronavirus
leadstories.com

Does this Facebook post show vaccine for COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Facebook Users Wrongly Tie Dog Vaccine to Novel Coronavirus
Annenberg Political Fact Check

Did Pennsylvania House pass COVID-19 funding in June 2019?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: Pennsylvania House Did NOT Pass COVID-19 Funding In June 2019; NO Evidence Pandemic Was Planned
leadstories.com

Did Ohio man who called COVID-19 a “political ploy” die from the disease?

Confirmed TRUE

Ohio man dies from coronavirus after online posts calling it ‘Bulls—‘ and ‘Political Ploy’
Fox News

Those who reported lower incomes in 2019 will receive stimulus payments first​?

Confirmed TRUE

True claim: People who reported lower incomes will receive U.S. stimulus payments first​
Reuters

Are disposable surgical masks reversible?

Confirmed FALSE

Post gives inaccurate surgical mask instructions during COVID-19 pandemic
afp.com

Was a Brazilian chloroquine study on COVID-19 patients halted after 11 deaths?

Confirmed TRUE

True claim: Brazilian chloroquine study on COVID-19 patients was halted after 11 deaths
Reuters

Is this regimen a cure for COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Say goodbye to coronavirus with a daily regimen of vitamins C and E, sunlight, resting, drinking water, an egg, and an alkaline diet
Reuters

Did Amazon’s Alexa say the government released the coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: Amazon’s Alexa Does NOT Say ‘The Government’ Released Coronavirus
leadstories.com

Does vitamin C cure COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Vitamin C cures the new coronavirus
Reuters

Does this photo show throat infected with COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

This photo does not show throat infected with novel coronavirus
afp.com

Did this guy “die twice” from COVID-19 on news media?

Confirmed FALSE

Reports Didn’t Misrepresent One Man’s Death as Two
Annenberg Political Fact Check

No Democrats voted for the stimulus package?

Confirmed FALSE

Democrats did vote for legislation to combat the novel coronavirus crisis
afp.com

Does this screenshot accurately list who’s NOT eligible for stimulus checks?

Confirmed TRUE

True claim: Screenshot list shows who is not eligible for U.S. stimulus checks
Reuters

Will you have to repay the coronavirus stimulus check?

Confirmed FALSE

Coronavirus relief checks won’t have to be repaid, feds say
AP

Can these 800 numbers help you track stimulus checks?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: Sex Lines Do NOT Have Stimulus Checks Information
leadstories.com

Is U.S. coronavirus response “slowly introducing martial law”?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: U.S. coronavirus response “slowly introducing” martial law
Reuters

Did Kroger offer a one-hour shopping spree free of charge?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: Kroger Did NOT Offer Chance For A Shopping Spree Giveaway Amid COVID-19
leadstories.com

Did Michigan Gov. ban the sale of American flags amid COVID-19 pandemic?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: Michigan Gov Did NOT Ban Sale Of American Flags During Coronavirus Outbreak
leadstories.com

Did Kentucky order police to record license plates of Easter churchgoers?

Confirmed TRUE

Kentucky State Police mark license plate numbers of churchgoers who attended in-person services
WHAS 11

Do quinine and zinc prevent COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: Quinine And Zinc Do NOT Prevent Coronavirus; NO Proof Schweppes Tonic Water Helps
leadstories.com

Is a NY island being used as a burial site for unclaimed COVID-19 victims?

Confirmed TRUE

Burials On New York Island Are Not New But Are Increasing During Pandemic
NPR

Did 7 children die from the COVID-19 vaccine in Senegal?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: COVID-19 Vaccine Did NOT Kill 7 Children In Senegal
leadstories.com

Did a NY businessman pay almost $2m to rent a coronavirus hideout?

Confirmed TRUE

New York man fleeing pandemic pays almost $2m to rent Hamptons hideout
msn.com

Do UK’s new £20 notes have a secret message about 5G and coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Britain’s new £20 notes show 5G mast and coronavirus symbol
Reuters

Can face masks catch fire if microwaved?

Confirmed TRUE

True claim: Face masks catch fire if microwaved
Reuters

Is NC-VA state line closed due to COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact check: Viral Facebook post says NC closed its borders amid pandemic
WRAL

Is Nancy Pelosi’s daughter on the Kennedy Center board?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Nancy Pelosi’s daughter is on the Kennedy Center board
Reuters

Will steam from boiling orange concoction kill COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: Steam From Boiling Orange Concoction Will NOT Kill COVID-19
leadstories.com

Are H-E-B stores banning shoppers under the age of 16?

Confirmed FALSE

Trust Index: Despite what you see on Facebook, H-E-B is not imposing age limits in its stores
KSAT 12

Has Walmart adopted ‘staggered shopping’ based on age?

Confirmed FALSE

Walmart Hasn’t Adopted ‘Staggered Shopping’ Based on Age
Annenberg Political Fact Check

Was this poem that went viral written in 1869?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Viral poem on social distancing was written in 1869
Reuters

This video shows Chinese people toppling 5G towers over COVID-19 fear?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Video shows Chinese people destroying a ‘5G pole’ for causing coronavirus symptoms
Reuters

Does 5G spread coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

Coronavirus: Scientists brand 5G claims ‘complete rubbish’
BBC

Is NYBC collecting blood donations from recovered COVID-19 patients to help the sick?

Confirmed TRUE

New York Blood Center launches convalescent plasma donation program
NEWS10 ABC

Will hot drinks protect you from COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Coronavirus: Will hot drinks protect you from Covid-19?
BBC

Was a California paddleboarder arrested while surfing for violating the stay-at-home order?

Confirmed TRUE

Paddleboarder Arrested In Malibu For Refusing To Exit Water, Scientist Says Beaches Are Dangerous Right Now
cbslocal.com

Do photos show money thrown on streets in Italy amid the COVID-19 crisis?

Confirmed FALSE

These photos have circulated online since at least March 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic
afp.com

Does this video show corpses of COVID-19 victims on the floor of a NY hospital?

Confirmed FALSE

COVID-19 corpses video was shot in Ecuador, not New York
afp.com

Does lemon juice tea cure COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Lemon Juice Tea Does Not Cure COVID-19 in Israel, or Anywhere Else
Annenberg Political Fact Check

Has California banned alcohol sales due to COVID-19 outbreak?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: California bans alcohol sales amidst coronavirus lockdown
Reuters

Can an alkaline diet protect you from getting coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: Alkaline Diet Does NOT Prevent You From Getting Coronavirus
leadstories.com

Was the 1918 influenza pandemic caused by vaccines?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: the 1918 influenza pandemic was caused by vaccines
Reuters

Did Saint Luke’s Hospital advise consuming alcohol to reduce COVID-19 risk?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Saint Luke’s Hospital notice advises consuming alcoholic beverages to reduce coronavirus risk
Reuters

Did CBS use footage from Italy in a NYC coronavirus report?

Confirmed TRUE

Fact Check: CBS DID Air Video From Italian Hospital During Coronavirus Outbreak, Claiming It Was Of Overwhelmed NYC Hospital
leadstories.com

Were checkpoints established at Florida-Georgia line in response to COVID-19?

Confirmed TRUE

True claim: Roadway checkpoints established at Florida-Georgia state line in response to coronavirus
Reuters

Has New York banned alcohol sales due to COVID-19 outbreak?

Confirmed FALSE

Don’t Be Fooled, Liquor Sales Are Not Being Stopped In NY
wyrk.com

Is Bill Gates planning to use microchip implants to fight coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Bill Gates planning to use microchip implants to fight coronavirus
Reuters

Do photos show Las Vegas homeless sleeping in ‘social distanced’ parking lot?

Confirmed TRUE

Las Vegas homeless placed in outdoor parking lot as ‘temporary shelter’
ABC News

Did Queen Elizabeth test positive for COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Buckingham Palace did not say the Queen tested positive for coronavirus
afp.com

Has Illinois banned alcohol sales due to COVID-19 outbreak?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact-Check: Booze ban? No, Illinois hasn’t stopped liquor sales because of COVID-19
Chicago Sun-Times

Does Ibuprofen worsen COVID-19 symptoms?

Inconclusive

No Evidence to Back COVID-19 Ibuprofen Concerns
Annenberg Political Fact Check

Has Mississippi banned alcohol sales due to COVID-19 outbreak?

Confirmed FALSE

No, Gov. Tate Reeves is not banning the sale of alcohol
WLBT

Can inhaling steam kill coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Steam therapy kills coronavirus
Reuters

Did UNICEF recommend gargling with salt water to prevent coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: UNICEF recommends “sun exposure, gargling with salt water and stay away from ice cream” to prevent coronavirus
Reuters

Does this photo show people dying of coronavirus in the streets?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Picture shows people dying of coronavirus in the streets
Reuters

Does sunlight kill the coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

Can you kill coronavirus with UV light?
BBC

Has coronavirus been found in crab legs?

Confirmed FALSE

Coronavirus Hasn’t Contaminated Crab Legs
Annenberg Political Fact Check

Do these photos show coffins of coronavirus victims in Italy?

Confirmed FALSE

These photos show the coffins of victims of a boat disaster in 2013
afp.com

Americans must fill out the census to get a stimulus check?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Americans must fill out the census to get a stimulus check during the coronavirus emergency
Reuters

Did armored military vehicles drive in NYC to enforce curfew?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Video shows armored military vehicles driving in New York City to enforce curfew due to coronavirus; those caught in the streets after curfew hours without “essential worker” letter will be arrested and fined $2000
Reuters

Film depicting pandemic outbreak scheduled for 2020?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Film depicting pandemic outbreak scheduled for 2020
Reuters

Did Canadian PM’s wife test positive for COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Viral video misidentifies COVID-19 patient as Canadian PM’s wife
afp.com

An Arizona man died after taking chloroquine, fearing coronavirus?

Confirmed TRUE

Arizona man dies, wife ill after taking drug touted as virus treatment: “Trump kept saying it was basically pretty much a cure”
CBS News

Did Trump tweet he will not send checks to anyone who tweeted #NotMyPresident?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Trump tweeted he will not send $1,000 checks to anyone who tweeted #NotMyPresident in the last 4 years
Reuters

Does drinking water every 15 minutes kill coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

No, drinking water doesn’t kill coronavirus
BBC

This photo shows rail tanker stamped with “COVID-19”?

Confirmed FALSE

Photo of ‘COVID-19’ rail tanker is not genuine
afp.com

Does hot air from saunas or hair dryers kill coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

Hot air from saunas, hair dryers won’t prevent or treat COVID-19
afp.com

Do younger adults account for nearly 40% of hospitalized coronavirus patients in the U.S.?

Confirmed TRUE

Nearly 40% of those hospitalized with coronavirus are younger than 54: CDC
ABC News

Did COVID-19 exist before 2019?

Confirmed FALSE

False posts claim COVID-19 existed before 2019, use animal vaccines as proof
afp.com

Can parents get free baby formula by calling the number on the product?

Confirmed FALSE

No, you can’t get free baby formula by calling a number on the can if stores are out
CNN

Does COVID-19 have a natural origin?

Confirmed TRUE

COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has a natural origin
Science Daily

Does marijuana kill coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Marijuana kills coronavirus
Reuters

Can silver solution cure COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Consuming silver particles will not prevent or treat novel coronavirus
afp.com

Do mosquitoes spread coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

No evidence mosquitoes can spread coronavirus
AP

Is holding your breath for 10 seconds a test for COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Holding your breath is not an indicator of whether you have the new coronavirus, and drinking water doesn’t protect against it
fullfact.org

Was Tom Hanks gifted a volleyball during quarantine in Australia?

Confirmed FALSE

Tom Hanks is not really quarantined with Wilson, the ball from ‘Cast Away’
Mashable

Can you get a free coronavirus test by donating blood?

Confirmed FALSE

Donating blood in US does not get you a novel coronavirus test
afp.com

Can drinking bleach or snorting cocaine cure coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

Coronavirus cannot be cured by drinking bleach or snorting cocaine, despite social media rumors
CBS News

This video shows panicked shoppers storming a supermarket in Germany amidst COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

This video was filmed in 2011, nearly a decade before the novel coronavirus outbreak
afp.com

Did Russia release over 500 lions to enforce COVID-19 lockdown?

Confirmed FALSE

No, Russia didn’t release lions to enforce COVID-19 stay-at-home orders
PolitiFact

Can garlic protect you from coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

No, garlic won’t protect you from coronavirus: WHO pushes back on rampant misinformation
CNBC

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