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COVID-19 media surveillance - 26 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.
© European Union, 2020, EMM/MEDISYS

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:

  • "New research explores how conservative media misinformation may have intensified the severity of the pandemic. The three studies paint a picture of a media ecosystem that entertains conspiracy theories and discourages audiences from taking steps to protect themselves and others" (washingtonpost)
  • "Boris Johnson wants Britain to go to the pub – and forget about the 65,700 dead" (guardian)
  • "How the Virus won. Invisible outbreaks sprang up everywhere. The United States ignored the warning signs. We analyzed travel patterns, hidden infections and genetic data to show how the epidemic spun out of control." (nytimes)
  • "The coronavirus surge is real, and it's everywhere" (axios)
  • "CDC: Coronavirus may have infected 10 times more Americans than known. Nearly 25 million Americans may have contracted the coronavirus, a figure 10 times higher than the number of confirmed cases" (thehill)
  • "Trump entrenched in failed strategy as virus surges and polling drops" (cnn)

The most mentioned English sources were the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, NBC news, Bloomberg and the Hill.

El Mundo, RT (Spanish Version), La Nacion, Infobae and Clarin, and Le Monde and Le Parisien were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Extracted Quotes

Joseph McCormick (USA, Professor of epidemiology at UT Health School of Public Health):

"What is clear is that the proportion of people who are younger appears to have dramatically changed"; "It’s really quite disturbing."

Dorothee von Laer (Austria, Director of Institute of Virology at Innsbruck University):

"Even though at that rate herd immunity cannot be assumed, Ischgl’s population should be protected [from the virus] to a large extent".

Fact Check

Fact checked: political aspect of the crisis

  • American fact checkers report that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not tweet that businesses should be kept closed until after the 2020 presidential election, noting that this is another case of a faked screenshot (snopes).

Fact checked: anti-vax narratives

  • Italian fact checkers debunk an image circulating on social media claiming to show a list of ingredients of the COVID-19 vaccine, including "acetone - toxic diluent", "beef serum", "monkey kidney cells" and "gelatin", among others, accompanied by the caption, “Read this before you take the COVID-19 vaccine” (facta).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that Bill Gates, who has been funding harmful vaccination campaigns in developing countries, now plans to use the COVID-19 vaccine to surveil the population, reporting that the vaccines used in the initiatives funded by the Gates Foundation in Africa and Asia were approved and safe and noting that the claim that Gates wants to use COVID-19 vaccines to track the population is unsupported (healthfeedback).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that a photo of a coronavirus vaccine for dogs proves that both the coronavirus and a vaccine have existed for 20 years, reporting that the canine coronavirus is not the same as SARS-CoV-2 (correctiv).

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Publication date
26 June 2020