The Coronavirus Collection: US Government Response

Snopes investigates rumors about how the United States government and other organizations have responded to the coronavirus crisis.

12 Articles
  • Published 6 March 2020
12 Articles

As COVID-19 spread across the world in 2020, rumors about how the U.S. government and other organizations reacted to the crisis did as well. As Snopes investigates those claims, they’ll be collected here.

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Did President Trump Refer to the Coronavirus as a ‘Hoax’?

Trump's commentary on the new coronavirus came before the virus began killing patients in the U.S.

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Did Trump Administration Fire the US Pandemic Response Team?

As a new coronavirus spread in 2020, so did concerns about the United States' preparedness for a potential pandemic.

True
Did President Trump Cut the CDC Budget?

As the new coronavirus spread in February 2020, so did concerns about the United States' readiness to respond to the outbreak.

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Did DOJ Propose Rollback of Defendants’ Rights During Pandemic?

Any changes affecting constitutional guarantees afforded federal criminal defendants in the U.S. would ultimately be up to Congress.

True
Did US House Speaker Pelosi ‘Hold Back’ Coronavirus Funding?

The blame game for coronavirus response is on, but some claims aren't always accurate.

False
Did Disagreement Over Abortion Slow Coronavirus-Relief Talks?

Sources linked to Republican and Democratic lawmakers had each accused the other side of politicizing the negotiations.

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Did Obama Declare Swine Flu an Emergency Only After ‘Millions’ Were Infected?

Not all "fact checks" are created equal.

False
Who Allowed 14 People with Coronavirus on a Plane to US with Uninfected Passengers?

The CDC had previously stated its intent to block anyone who tested positive for the disease caused by the new coronavirus from flying on an evacuation flight. Who overruled whom?

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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
Is White House Invoking the Stafford Act to Impose a Quarantine and Mobilize the National Guard?

Announcements of a "national lockdown" or "mandatory quarantine" would not be made via viral text messages.

False
If You Get Sick With Coronavirus, Can Donald Trump Make You Stay Home?

Who really is in charge of the outbreak response? As with most things in American government, the answer is complicated.

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Did Schumer Delete a Tweet Criticizing Trump for Banning Air Travel from China ‘Prematurely’?

Pranksters no longer need spend time with Photoshop to create convincing fake tweets.

False