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COVID-19 media surveillance - 7 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.

Headlines

Twitter

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

  • "How Kushner’s volunteer force lead a fumbling hunt for medical supplies” (nytimes)
  • "Third Russian doctor plunges from Covid hospital window: Medic, 37, is now fighting for life... just days after warning of PPE shortages and being forced to work despite being infected" (dailymail)

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

Okdiario, Libertad digital, Infobae, ABC, El Universal, El País and RT (Spanish version) and Le Monde and Le Parisien were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Extracted Quotes

Tedros Adhanom (WHO, Director General):

"The risk of returning to lockdown remains very real if countries do not manage the transition extremely carefully and in a phased approach."

Fact Check

Fact checked: claims by public institutions

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the WHO said abortions must continue to contain COVID-19, explaining that while the WHO did clarify that “services related to reproductive health are considered to be part of essential services during the COVID-19 outbreak”, it never said that abortion is part of the coronavirus containment plan (observador).

Fact checked: health claims

  • Fact checkers debunk Tanzanian President’s claim that inhaling steam over 100°C will “disintegrate” the coronavirus because it is “fat”, reporting that there is no scientific evidence that very high temperatures or inhaling steam “kills” COVID-19 (africacheck).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the prolonged use of face masks causes hypoxia (afp).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that lemon and vitamin C prevent COVID-19 (newtral).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • 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 (vishvasnews).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that Nobel Prize-winning scientist Tasuku Honjo said SARS-CoV-2 is not natural and originated in a Wuhan lab (aosfatos, correctiv).

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Publication date
7 May 2020