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False Perception of COVID-19’s Impact on the Homeless

False Perception of COVID-19’s Impact on the Homeless

Viral posts suggest that COVID-19 can’t be a serious disease if it hasn’t “wiped out the homeless.” But recent reports published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found high rates of homeless residents testing positive for the novel coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2.

Media Didn’t Misuse Boy’s Photo in Deaths of Three COVID-19 Victims

Media Didn’t Misuse Boy’s Photo in Deaths of Three COVID-19 Victims

Social media posts falsely suggest that news outlets are misusing a boy’s image to report the same child died of COVID-19 in three different countries. The posts actually refer to three different young people who died from the novel coronavirus in Portugal, Belgium and the UK.

Coronavirus Hasn’t Contaminated Crab Legs

Coronavirus Hasn’t Contaminated Crab Legs

A viral post disguised as a TV news report falsely claims that crab legs have been contaminated with the novel coronavirus. The pandemic has affected the flow of seafood from foreign markets, but crab is safe to eat.

Article Falsely Reports on Health of Pope Francis

Article Falsely Reports on Health of Pope Francis

An article circulating on social media claims without evidence that Pope Francis and two of his aides have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The Vatican has said the pope has a cold, “with no symptoms related to other pathologies.”

Meme Misquotes Virginia Governor on Abortion Bill

Meme Misquotes Virginia Governor on Abortion Bill

A meme misquotes Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on a proposed abortion bill that aims to address nonviable pregnancies and severe fetal abnormalities. Northam, a pediatric neurologist, supports the bill, but the meme falsely implies he condones infanticide.

Outdated Meme on Trump Administration Vacancies

Outdated Meme on Trump Administration Vacancies

An outdated meme posted to Facebook this month falsely claims that the Trump administration is without a defense secretary, an interior secretary, an ambassador to the United Nations and a Secret Service director.