The Coronavirus Collection: Memes and Misinformation

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

12 Articles
  • Published 6 March 2020
12 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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Did an Infectious Disease Specialist Write ‘I Am Not Scared of COVID-19’?

Readers inquired about a viral Facebook post amid an outbreak of the new coronavirus in 2020.

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‘Uncle With Masters Degree’ Gets Facts Wrong in Coronavirus ‘Announcement’

A viral Facebook post amplified dubious and potentially dangerous claims amid an outbreak of the new coronavirus.

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Did a Noted Pathologist Write This Viral Coronavirus Advice Letter?

Amid an outbreak of coronavirus in 2020, an email from pathologist James Robb was heavily memed and exaggerated.

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Did a Doctor in Italy Warn Coronavirus Wasn’t Just a ‘Bad Flu’?

Physician: "The situation is now nothing short of dramatic. No other words come to mind."

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Is Coronavirus Spreading Faster Than SARS, Ebola, and Swine Flu?

A video clip supposedly showing the exponential spread of a new coronavirus misled some viewers.

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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.

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Did VP Mike Pence Introduce ‘Conversion Therapy’ Program to Combat Coronavirus?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

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Did the Vatican Confirm Pope Francis Had Coronavirus?

An unreliable website furthered rumors about the pontiff's health in early 2020.

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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?

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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
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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No, Red Cross Is Not Offering Coronavirus Home Tests

Scams involving the disaster relief organization are unfortunately not new.

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