The Coronavirus Collection: Business and Industry

Snopes looks at rumors and misinformation about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses, and how companies responded to the coronavirus crisis.

17 Articles
  • Published 24 March 2020
17 Articles

Are the rumors about companies, large and small, stepping up to help ordinary citizens weather the coronavirus pandemic true? Are those “free pandemic coupons” you saw online real? Snopes investigates COVID-19 claims pertaining to the business sector.

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List of Grocery Stores with Special Hours for Seniors, the At-Risk, and Pregnant Women

We've compiled a list of major grocery chains offering dedicated hours set aside for members of vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

News
Is McDonald’s Giving Free Lunches to School Kids During Pandemic?

A few McDonald's locations in the U.S. made a major announcement about kids' meals.

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Is Starbucks Offering $100 Coupons During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Coupon scams are not uncommon — with or without a global pandemic.

Scam
Is Hobby Lobby Refusing To Close Stores Because of a Message from God?

Hobby Lobby reportedly sent a letter to employees explaining its stores were staying open during the COVID-19 pandemic because, in part, CEO David Green's wife had received reassurances from God.

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Can You Get Free Baby Formula During COVID-19 Crisis by Calling the Company?

You can't conjure up a giveaway out of thin air.

False
Did Costco Issue a Recall Notice for Toilet Paper?

Even if COVID-19 hasn't infected the entire population, a mania for buying bathroom tissue apparently has.

False
Is Amazon Suspending All Deliveries Except Medical Supplies?

An unclear headline and a paywalled article led to some confusion about Amazon's announcement.

Mostly False
Did Amazon Solicit Donations to Help Pay Worker Sick Leave?

After being called out for its approach to supporting seasonal and contract workers during times of crisis, the retail giant made some edits.

True
Did Corona Beer Sales Drop Sharply Due to Fear About the Coronavirus?

A trope that suggests people are so dumb they think the beer and virus are related played out in some news reports.

False
Are These Vegan Foods Left Unsold During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Even looming food shortages are apparently not enough to prompt some consumers to try soy- and tofu-based products.

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Does Trump Own Stock in a Company CDC Uses for COVID-19 Tests?

The U.S. president’s finances are complex, but does Donald Trump actually benefit from the CDC’s testing procedures for the new coronavirus?

False
Does Jared Kushner’s Brother Own a Company Involved in COVID-19 Testing?

Oscar, a digital health-insurance startup that recently set up a service for users to find COVID-19 testing centers, was co-founded by Joshua Kushner.

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Did Walmart Introduce a Staggered Shopping Schedule?

No, but Walmart and other stores have set aside dedicated shopping hours for senior citizens.

False
Are Hallmark Cards Made In China?

An old rumor resurfaced amid a rise in Sinophobia during the COVID-19 coronavirus disease pandemic.

Mostly False
Did Costco Post This Sarcastic Reply to a Customer on Facebook?

Costco's requiring customers to wear face masks in its stores during the coronavirus pandemic has raised hackles — and questions about one brazen Facebook comment.

False
Did Elon Musk Tweet a Dessert Picture from a Restaurant Amid COVID-19 Restrictions?

He posted the photo of an ice cream sundae from Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant while stay-at-home orders were in effect.

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Is Kroger Requiring Employees to Repay Coronavirus Emergency Pay?

An image showing a letter purportedly sent from the grocery chain to employees sparked outrage on social media.

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