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COVID-19 media surveillance - 17 June 2020

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

Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media coverage showing large clusters of news reports.
Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media coverage showing large clusters of news 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.

Headlines

Twitter

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

  • "Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug" (bbc)
  • "Miami pauses reopening as Florida's new coronavirus cases rise" (abcnews)
  • "Partygoers have been packing Arizona bars. Now the state is a coronavirus hot spot" (latimes)
  • "Pence Misleadingly Blames Coronavirus Spikes on Rise in Testing" (nytimes)

The hashtag #dexamethasone was trending due to the multitude of media reports on the positive effects of the steroid dexamethasone (nature).

The most mentioned English sources were the New York Times, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and the Washington Post.

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

Extracted Quotes

Jacinda Ardern (New Zealand, Prime Minister):

"This case represents an unacceptable failure of the system. It should never have happened and it cannot be repeated".

Fact Check

Fact checked: health-related claims

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the WHO stated that asymptomatic carriers rarely spread the disease, reporting that while a WHO epidemiologist did say that, WHO later retracted the statement and clarified that while 6-41% of infected people may not show symptoms, many of them may transmit the disease (thelogicalindianfactcheck).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that sunbathing can help to overcome COVID-19, reporting that the claim seems to be based on an unreliable, pseudo-scientific report claiming that sunlight triggers vitamin D, which, in turn, protects against the virus (open).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the consumption of alkaline foods prevents coronavirus infections (efeverifica).

Fact checked: downplaying COVID-19

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that a study conducted by the World Health Organisation has found that the coronavirus is losing potency and getting weaker, reporting that a top Italian doctor claimed that COVID-19 is losing potency while WHO refuted the claim, saying it is still a killer disease and there is no evidence to support the claim that it is getting weaker (indiatodayfactcheck).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

Fact checkers debunk claims that after a failed attempt with a “fictional” pandemic, the “deep state” is trying to introduce a totalitarian police state through anti-racism protests (faktograf).

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Publication date
17 June 2020