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COVID-19 media surveillance - 24 April 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.

Headlines

Twitter

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

  • Trump suggests 'injection' of disinfectant to beat coronavirus and 'clean' the lungs (nbcnews)
  • First patients injected in UK vaccine trial (bbc)
  • Study: Elderly Trump voters dying of coronavirus could cost him in November (politico)
  • Number of starvation victims may increase rapidly due to coronavirus (thewirehindi)

The hashtag #merkel was trending after Chancellor Merkel’s speech in the Bundestag (reuters).

The hashtag #ramadan continues to appear more frequently in covid-19-related tweets as ramandan starts today.

The most mentioned English sources were the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, Reuters and the Boston Globe.

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

Extracted quotes

Angela Merkel (Germany, Chancellor):

"It is precisely because the figures give rise to hope that I feel obliged to say that this interim result is fragile. We are on thin ice, the thinnest ice even"; "We are still far from out of the woods"; "We are not living in the final phase of the pandemic, but still at the beginning."

Fact check

Fact checked: fear mongering

  • Fact checkers debunk a video claiming to show hundreds of Nigerians scrambling for food as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, noting that while it is true that the lockdown has cut Nigerians off from their only source of income and local authorities are providing relief packages to help, the video in question is old; they also share a current video, where Nigerians wait for aid in a more orderly fashion (afp).

Fact checked: health claims

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that gargling with Betadine - a topical antiseptic - can prevent COVID-19, warning that the act could harm the mouth, tongue, lips and throat (fatabyyano, vistinomer).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that skin colour can prevent COVID-19, reporting that medical professionals are adamant that skin colour makes no difference (bbc).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that steam inhalation can cure COVID-19, warning that while high temperature steam-cleaning of surfaces is used to kill viruses in places like hospitals, any attempt to inhale industrial steam would be incredibly dangerous (bbc).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that Arbidol, a Soviet-era drug, can prevent and cure COVID-19, noting that the drug has not been approved for use in Europe or in the United States and that in 2007, the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences found this substance to be “obsolete with unproven effectiveness” (open).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that vaccines to COVID-19 are already available, reporting that the WHO says products claimed to be a vaccine, often found on unregulated websites, should be considered fake and may pose a significant risk to public health (bbc).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that 5G mobile networks transmit coronavirus (bbc).

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24 April 2020