The Coronavirus Collection: Memes and Misinformation II

Snopes investigates the memes, rumors, jokes, and misinformation spreading on social media in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, cont.

22 Articles
  • Published 7 April 2020
22 Articles

No matter what the news event is, we’ll always see memes. COVID-19 is no exception. In this collection, Snopes investigates the memes, rumors, jokes, and misinformation spreading on social media in the wake of the 2020 coronavirus outbreak.

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Have Plagues Repeated Exactly Every 100 Years?

The predictive value of cherry-picked data is generally low to insignificant.

Mixture
Did Pat Robertson Blame Oral Sex for COVID-19?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Labeled Satire
Was This Pandemic Poem Written by Kathleen O’Mara in 1919?

A global pandemic did indeed inspire this poem. But that's as far as it goes.

Misattributed
No, This Is Not a Phone Number for Tracking Your Coronavirus Stimulus Payments

The IRS has not announced if Americans will be able to track the status of their stimulus payments as they do federal income tax refunds.

False
Are Thieves Handing Out Masks With Chemicals That Make You Pass Out?

Memes exploiting fear over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have been widespread on social media.

False
Did Uninsured Teen Die of COVID-19 After Being Denied Treatment?

A story that went viral was later clarified with regard to key details.

Mixture
Is This a Text from an NHS Worker?

A viral hoax warned against going out to buy bread, of all things, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

False
Did Dolphins and Swans ‘Return’ to Italian Waterways Amid COVID-19 Lockdown?

A few wildlife sightings were excitedly shared across social media as a note of sunny news amid the bleak reality of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mixture
Was a Rare Malabar Civet Spotted During COVID-19 Lockdown?

Shelter-in-place orders amid the coronavirus pandemic may have given wildlife ⁠— and our imaginations ⁠— a little extra room to roam.

Mostly False
Did an Orangutan Start Hand-Washing During COVID-19 Pandemic?

Sandra the orangutan loves to wash her hands. We should all be more like Sandra.

Miscaptioned
Did Empire State Building Display ‘Siren’ Lights During COVID-19 Pandemic?

A strange sight for strange times.

True
Is This a C. S. Lewis Quote from 1942?

A "quote" shared widely during the COVID-19 pandemic may have felt timely, but that is probably because it was written in 2020.

Misattributed
COVID-19 Is a Serious Threat … But So Are Memes Claiming It’s NOT

The story of a Texas woman who reportedly shared a Facebook post claiming the coronavirus outbreak was a hoax — and later reportedly died from the virus — reminds us of the dangerous potential of misinformation.

News
Kosovar Facebook Pages Use Coronavirus Fears, ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Memes To Trick American Followers

Networks from the Balkans nation are deploying divisive content and patriotic nostalgia, echoing past foreign election-interference campaigns.

News
Is This ‘Shaun of the Dead’ Meme Mocking Real Ohio Protesters?

A viral photograph from a protest against stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic was likened to the zombie movie "Shaun of the Dead."

True
Was March 2020 the First March Since 2002 Without a US School Shooting?

The definition of a "school shooting" varies depending on whom you ask.

Mostly False
Did Lack of Social Distancing in 1918 Pandemic Cause More Deaths Than WWI?

A viral meme about the "Spanish flu" pandemic gets some general points right, but the presented timeline is inaccurate.

Mixture
Did Bill Mitchell Tweet ‘Let Me Know’ When COVID-19 Kills 55,000?

The right-wing commentator received backlash on social media when the tragic benchmark was met.

Correct Attribution
Does This Restaurant Receipt Show a COVID-19 Surcharge?

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused prices for meat and proteins to climb across the board.

True
Did Giuliani Correctly Tweet That Wuhan Lab Got $3.7M from US in 2017?

Giuliani tacitly echoed President Donald Trump's assertion that the COVID-19 coronavirus came from a lab in Wuhan.

Mostly False
Is This a Sand-Covered Highway to Dubai During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

It's definitely difficult to photograph a place that doesn't exist.

False
Are These Petri Dishes Coughed On With and Without a Mask?

This visual aid did not involve a person with COVID-19.

True