Daily Debunker: Nostradamus and COVID-19

Featured on Snopes today: A "prophetic" verse allegedly written by Nostradamus provokes skepticism online, a free lunch offer for school kids from McDonald's goes viral, and more.

12 Articles
  • Published 20 March 2020
12 Articles

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Did you hear Nostradamus predicted the COVID-19 pandemic more than 400 years before it happened?

“There will be a twin year (2020) from which will arise a queen (corona) who will come from the east (China),” the famed French astrologer supposedly wrote in 1551.

As soon as we saw memes quoting the passage, we headed straight for a copy of “Les Prophéties,” Nostradamus’s book of “prophecies,” to see if it’s really there. David Mikkelson reports.

Did Nostradamus Predict the COVID-19 Pandemic?

If only people recognized "predictions" before the calamitous events they supposedly anticipate.

False
Was ‘Coronavirus’ Replaced with ‘Chinese Virus’ in Trump’s Notes?

U.S. President Donald Trump has faced criticism for his insistence in referring to COVID-19 as the "Chinese virus."

True
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.

Mixture
Did Trump Tweet He’d Deny Stimulus Checks to Any Who Used #NotMyPresident?

Fake Trump tweets were just the tip of the iceberg as misinformation swirled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

False
Did a TV Station Report Biden-Sanders Primary Results Before the Election?

A test graphic using dummy data was never meant to hit the airwaves.

Mostly False
No, a Hair Dryer Won’t Stop Coronavirus

A viral video that claims breathing hot air from a hair dryer could cure COVID-19 demonstrates a basic and dangerous lack of understanding about science.

False
Did Fake ‘Home Affairs’ Officials Commit a Census-Linked Robbery Scam?

Social media users in the U.S., U.K., and elsewhere shared a years-old scam with origins in a real criminal operation in South Africa.

Mostly False
List of Grocery Stores with Special Hours for Seniors, the At-Risk, and Pregnant Women

We've compiled a list of major grocery chains offering dedicated hours set aside for members of vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

News
Senators Sold Stock Before Steep Market Losses from Virus

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., sold as much as $1.7 million in stocks just before the market dropped in February amid fears about the coronavirus epidemic.

AP News
Most Renters Will Not Receive Protections Under White House Proposal

Roughly 43 million households rented their homes in 2019, according to the U.S. Census, and they tend to be more economically vulnerable than their homeowner counterparts.

AP News
This Year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee Has Been Canceled

Scripps said it would try to reschedule the bee for later this year but it did not commit to a new date.

AP News
The Battle Against Disinformation Is Global

Disinformation-spewing online bots and trolls from halfway around the world are continuing to shape local and national debates by spreading lies online on a massive scale.

News