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No Link Between Harvard Scientist Charles Lieber and Coronavirus

No Link Between Harvard Scientist Charles Lieber and Coronavirus

Q. Is it true that federal agents arrested Harvard professor Charles Lieber for creating the coronavirus?

A: No. Lieber, a nanoscientist, was charged for lying about his participation in a Chinese recruitment program and his affiliation with a Chinese university. He is not accused of being a spy and has no connection to the new coronavirus.

Will the New Coronavirus ‘Go Away’ in April?

Will the New Coronavirus ‘Go Away’ in April?

President Donald Trump suggested that the new coronavirus would “go away” in April, as temperatures warm. While some viruses are seasonal, it’s not yet clear if the new virus will follow the same pattern — and experts caution against banking on the weather to resolve the outbreak.

Fake Coronavirus Cures, Part 3: Vitamin C Isn’t a Shield

Fake Coronavirus Cures, Part 3: Vitamin C Isn’t a Shield

Online posts claim that vitamin C can “stop” the new coronavirus. While it’s true that vitamin C can have a marginal effect on warding off a cold, there’s no evidence that it can stop or treat the new coronavirus.

Fake Coronavirus Cures, Part 1: MMS is Industrial Bleach

Fake Coronavirus Cures, Part 1: MMS is Industrial Bleach

Online posts have claimed to reveal various “cures” for the new coronavirus. Some are benign, like eating boiled garlic, while others are potentially dangerous, like drinking chlorine dioxide, an industrial bleach. Neither will cure the virus.

Explaining Coronavirus Misinformation

Explaining Coronavirus Misinformation

FactCheck.org writers Jessica McDonald and Angelo Fichera were interviewed by a South Korean radio program about their work combating misinformation related to the new coronavirus.

Coronavirus Misinformation Spreads Like a Virus

Coronavirus Misinformation Spreads Like a Virus

China first reported a new strain of viral pneumonia in the city of Wuhan on Dec. 31, and, within a month, the internet was infected with misinformation about the illness, now called the 2019 novel coronavirus.

No, Clorox and Lysol Didn’t Already ‘Know’ About New Coronavirus

No, Clorox and Lysol Didn’t Already ‘Know’ About New Coronavirus

Numerous social media posts falsely suggest that because Clorox and Lysol products list “Human Coronavirus” on their bottles, the new coronavirus driving the outbreak in China was already known. It wasn’t. There are many human coronaviruses, and these products were tested against a strain that causes the common cold.

Q&A on the Wuhan Coronavirus

Q&A on the Wuhan Coronavirus

An outbreak of viral pneumonia that began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019 has now sickened thousands, and led to more than 100 deaths. Here, we answer some key questions about what is known so far about the outbreak and the virus.