The Coronavirus Collection: Memes and Misinformation

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

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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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