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COVID-19 media surveillance - 3 September 2020

COVID-19 media surveillance - 3 September 2020 - Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media reports showing clusters of media reports on Italy, France, Spain, Germany, the UK, Russia, India, China and Japan
Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media reports showing 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.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) remains a mayor news topic, with 80 thousand articles per day on Wednesday (in 70 languages, as detected by MEDISYS).



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

  • "U.S. says it won’t join WHO-linked effort to develop, distribute coronavirus vaccine" (washingtonpost)
  • "New Trump pandemic adviser pushes controversial ‘herd immunity’ strategy, worrying public health officials" (washingtonpost)
  • "It has come to this: Ignore the C.D.C. The agency’s new guidelines are wrong, so states have to step up on their own to suppress the coronavirus." (nytimes)
  • "U.S. coronavirus rates are rising fast among children" (nytimes)
  • "Twitter deletes claim minimizing coronavirus death toll, which Trump retweeted" (washingtonpost)

The hashtags #neymar and #berlusconi were trending following news about their positive test results.

The most mentioned English sources were the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, Youtube, CNBC and BBC.

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

Fact Check

  • Fact checkers debunk a claim that wearing face masks causes lung infection (pesacheck). In addition, they also debunk a statement that masks could cause Legionnaires’ disease (pesacheck).
  • One of the statements from unverified sources mentioned above, related to the narrative of downplaying the pandemic, is also debunked by fact checkers: “CDC did not ‘admit only 6%’ of recorded deaths from COVID-19” (factcheck, healthfeedback).
  • Fact checkers debunk a claim that the WHO’s test kits will find a positive result in all humans (healthfeedback).
  • Fact checkers debunk a Facebook post claiming that the French government approved hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 treatment (pesacheck).
  • Fact checkers debunk an Iranian preacher’s claim that eating salt protects from coronavirus better than wearing a mask (polygraph).
  • Fact checkers debunk a claim related to the abbreviation “COVID-19”, which, according to social media, stands for “certificate of identification of vaccination with artificial intelligence” (politifact).
  • Facebook posts claiming that a vaccine could not fight the virus “because a virus must “run its course”, are debunked, claiming that “trials for a COVID-19 vaccine are underway around the world” (reuters).
  • A claim spread on Facebook that a vaccine against COVID-19 would be useful even if the survival rate from COVID-19 is high, was debunked as ‘misleading’ (healthfeedback).
  • False claims about biotech company Moderna along with a claim that Dr. Fauci was its first CEO were debunked by fact checkers (reuters).
  • A social media claim, retweeted by US President Trump, stating thatthe US CDC cut the national COVID-19 death toll by 94%, is debunked by fact checkers (boomlive).
  • Fact checkers debunk a claim, present also among the unverified selection above, that the WHO tests for COVID-19

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3 September 2020