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False claim: In China the coronavirus only hit Wuhan, Chinese stock market unaffected

Multiple posts on social media make the claim that in China, the coronavirus spread was suspiciously confined to the city of Wuhan, alleging that the virus did not “travel” to the cities of Beijing or Shanghai, for example. Some posts also make the claim that the Chinese stock market was unaffected by the spread of the pandemic, unlike in the U.S. and Europe ( https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3637022869703449&set=a.263211180417985&type=3&theater ).

False claim: the 1918 influenza pandemic was caused by vaccines

Shared 582 times as of March 31, 2020, a 2018 post ( https://www.facebook.com/StopMandatoryVaccinationNow/posts/1386770614788593 ) on a page called “Stop Mandatory Vaccination” claims that “the 1918 Influenza Epidemic was a Vaccine-caused Disease.” This claim is false.

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

Videos posted on social media make the claim that state troopers have set up roadway checkpoints at the Florida-Georgia state line. The posts on social media make the further claim that this was done in an effort to respond to the coronavirus ( https://www.facebook.com/rebecca.young.39948856/videos/10163019673285532/ ; https://www.facebook.com/floridalovemedia/videos/699949827407925/?v=699949827407925 ).

False claim: Saddam Hussein spoke about coronavirus 

A Facebook video post (https://www.facebook.com/daddaikusi/videos/2786490744796801/ ) with over 150 shares as April 01, 2020 depicts former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein seemingly speaking about coronavirus. The video is captioned “Listen to Saddam Hussein in a 1990 meeting with his cabinet, telling them how America was threatening Iraq with coronavirus. This prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that Corvid-19 is a US biological weapon”. The audio of this video is doctored.

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

A viral claim on social media says Bill Gates is planning to use microchip implants to fight the coronavirus. Most of the posts say Gates will “launch human-implantable capsules that have ‘digital certificates’ which can show who has been tested for the coronavirus and who has been vaccinated against it.” The claim has been shared at least 1,000 times on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1293255574198836&set=a.132183833639355&type=3&theater , https://bit.ly/3aoVnIV , https

Partly false claim: Drinking milk fights coronavirus

Shared 1,500 times as of March 31, 2020, a post https://www.facebook.com/TheBullvine/photos/a.188640787913468/2567215576722632/?type=3&theater on a page called “The Bullvine” claims that you can “Fight COVID-19 with a Glass of Milk,” since milk contains “lactoferrin, which is a protein that helps to fight off viruses,” as well as “Vitamin C and Zinc, which both play very important roles in strengthening your immunity.” It is misleading to say that drinking milk will help prevent or fight off COV

Partly false claim: Video shows food donations for those affected by coronavirus

Social media users have been sharing a video online that shows various food packets on the ground with a song playing in the background. There are different versions of the post with some claiming it is from Turkey and others claiming it is from Iraq, but all say that the food is being left on the ground as a response to COVID-19. Examples can be seen  https://twitter.com/doamuslims/status/1242010760991080448 and https://twitter.com/Alhamdhulillaah/status/1242297786097438720 . 

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