The Coronavirus Collection: Fact-Checking COVID-19

As the potentially deadly virus spread from Wuhan, China, to the rest of the world, misinformation tagged along.

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  • Published 28 February 2020
18 Articles

In late December 2019, a new coronavirus was discovered in the Chinese city of Wuhan. As the disease eventually dubbed COVID-19 spread from that region to the rest of the world, something else came with it — an “infodemic” of rumors and misinformation.

You can find a compilation of claims we’ve fact-checked so far, separated by category, below.

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The Coronavirus Collection: Origins and Spread

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

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The Coronavirus Collection: Prevention and Treatments

Snopes investigates rumors and misinformation surrounding the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

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The Coronavirus Collection: Prevention and Treatments II

Snopes investigates rumors and misinformation surrounding the prevention and treatment of COVID-19, cont.

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The Coronavirus Collection: International Response

The novel coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, China, and spread to other parts of China and the rest of the world from there. Snopes fact-checks the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Coronavirus Collection: US Government Response

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

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The Coronavirus Collection: Trump and the Pandemic

Snopes fact-checks rumors and memes about U.S. President Donald Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Coronavirus Collection: Trump and the Pandemic II

Snopes fact-checks rumors and memes about U.S. President Donald Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, cont.

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The Coronavirus Collection: Conspiracy Theories

Snopes investigates conspiracy theories about the origins, discovery, and official responses to the novel coronavirus and COVID-19.

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The Coronavirus Collection: The Gates Foundation

Bill and Melinda Gates and their namesake foundation have been at the center of a hurricane of conspiracy theories.

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The Coronavirus Collection: Prophecies and Predictions

Snopes fact-checks claims that the COVID-19 pandemic was prophesied by clairvoyants or "predicted" in works of fiction years before it took place.

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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.

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The Coronavirus Collection: Memes and Misinformation II

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

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The Coronavirus Collection: Viral Videos

Viral videos on YouTube and other platforms purport to deliver reliable information about COVID-19, but do they? Snopes investigates.

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Snopes Debunks ‘Plandemic’

One viral video has led to a tidal wave of misinformation.

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The Coronavirus Collection: Business and Industry

Snopes looks at rumors and misinformation about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses, and how companies responded to the coronavirus crisis.

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The Coronavirus Collection: Entertainment & Media

Snopes tracks rumors, memes, and misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic's coverage in the media and impact on the entertainment industry.

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The Coronavirus Collection: History

The spread of COVID-19 across the world led to a renewed interest in pandemics of the past.

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The Coronavirus Collection: Anti-Lockdown Protests

Protests against lockdown orders and stay-at-home measures erupted across the U.S. in early 2020 in response to the pandemic.

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