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COVID-19 media surveillance - 6 May 2020

This media surveillance collects articles reported through publicly available web sites.

Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media reports showing large clusters of media reports
Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media reports showing large clusters of media reports
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This media surveillance collects articles reported through publicly available web sites.

It is created with the Europe Media Monitor (EMM).

The selection and placement of stories are determined automatically by a computer program.



The following news were found among the most mentioned/retweeted items:

  • "UK has highest number of deaths in Europe after passing Italy's total" (sky)
  • "Scientists say a now-dominant strain of the coronavirus could be more contagious than original" (latimes, abc)
  • "Kushner coronavirus effort said to be hampered by inexperienced volunteers" (washingtonpost)
  • "White House considering phasing out of White House coronavirus task force" (justthenews)

The most mentioned English sources were the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, CNN, and the LA Times.

El País, Infobae, El Diario, CNN (Spanish Version), Okdiario and RT (Spanish version) and Le Monde and Le Parisien were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Extracted Quotes

Valdis Dombrovskis (European Commission, Commissioner for the economy):

"At this stage, we can only tentatively map out the scale and gravity of the coronavirus shock to our economies. While the immediate fallout will be far more severe for the global economy than the financial crisis, the depth of the impact will depend on the evolution of the pandemic, our ability to safely restart economic activity and to rebound thereafter. This is a symmetric shock: all EU countries are affected and all are expected to have a recession this year."

Fact Check

Fact checked: spread of the virus, prevention and treatment

  • Italian fact checkers contextualise claims that convalescent plasma therapy, a technique in which antibodies from recovered coronavirus patients are given to seriously ill patients in order to boost their immune response, cures COVID-19 by pointing out that while the treatment shows promise, more research is needed (facta).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that according to the WHO, vegetarians are not at risk of contracting COVID-19 (thelogicalindian).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that semen, when ingested or used as hand sanitiser, can kill and prevent COVID-19 (verafiles).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the University of Oxford has developed a COVID-19 vaccine (boomlive).

Fact checked: downplaying the coronavirus crisis

  • Fact checkers label American journalist Tucker Carlson’s claim that “the [corona]virus just isn’t nearly as deadly as we thought it was” as misleading, arguing that it is misleading to compare the early reported case fatality rates, which reflect deaths among confirmed COVID-19 patients, with more recent infection fatality rates that estimate the death rate for all infected people (politifact).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that 5G technology is the cause of COVID-19 (colombiacheck).
  • Fact checkers debunk a viral social media post claiming that the existence of a canine coronavirus vaccine demonstrates that a human vaccine for COVID-19 should already exist, explaining that the misunderstanding probably stems from the word "coronavirus" and how it pertains to a family of viruses (snopes).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that Nobel Prize-winning scientist Tasuku Honjo said SARS-CoV-2 is not natural and originated in a Wuhan lab (afp, faktisk).

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Publication date
6 May 2020