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The Coronavirus Collection: Origins and Spread

Snopes investigates rumors and memes about the origins and spread of COVID-19.

Published Mar 5, 2020

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. (CDC/Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin) (CDC/Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin)
Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. (CDC/Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin)

The novel coronavirus that causes the respiratory disease COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China in 2019 and quickly spread throughout that country and beyond. Its origins and development into a pandemic prompted rumors and misinformation, and these investigations by Snopes. 

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