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Trump, Pence and Reassessing Coronavirus

Trump, Pence and Reassessing Coronavirus

In a little more than a month, President Donald Trump’s language about the coronavirus has shifted, from talk of 15 cases that “within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero” to warning of as many as 2.2 million deaths in the country if no social distancing efforts were undertaken. 

Misinformation on COVID-19 Death Protocols in New York

Misinformation on COVID-19 Death Protocols in New York

A viral Facebook post about COVID-19 falsely claims that in New York “every contaminated corpse belongs to the state” and will be incinerated without any “wakes or memorial services to pay your last respects.” The state is allowing funeral services with limited visitors; cremation is not mandated.

Video Misconstrues Pelosi Tweet on ‘un-American Travel Ban’

Video Misconstrues Pelosi Tweet on ‘un-American Travel Ban’

A viral video makes the bogus claim that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Jan. 31 tweet criticized the Trump administration’s restriction on travelers from China to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Her tweet was unrelated to those travel restrictions.

Trump, Biden and the Defense Production Act

Trump, Biden and the Defense Production Act

Leading Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden repeatedly has criticized President Donald Trump for failing to make timely use of the Defense Production Act to compel companies to manufacture medical supplies that are expected to be needed to treat those infected with the novel coronavirus. There’s a bit of spin coming from both sides on this issue.

Hoax Letter Stirs Confusion About Missouri Schools

Hoax Letter Stirs Confusion About Missouri Schools

A false claim that students in Missouri will have to repeat the school year was pushed online through a viral letter with a state logo as part of an April Fool’s hoax. State officials have publicly debunked the claim.

Lemon Juice Tea Does Not Cure COVID-19 in Israel, or Anywhere Else

Lemon Juice Tea Does Not Cure COVID-19 in Israel, or Anywhere Else

A post circulating on social media falsely claims that a blend of sodium bicarbonate and lemon juice tea will “eliminate” the novel coronavirus. The post also claims this “cure” has prevented any COVID-19 deaths in Israel — but more than 30 people have died of the disease there.

Video: Trump’s Misleading Attacks on Cuomo

Video: Trump’s Misleading Attacks on Cuomo

In this video, we look at two misleading attacks President Donald Trump has lodged against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose state has been dealing with an explosion of COVID-19 infections.