What’s true and what’s false about coronavirus?

The USA TODAY Fact Check team is dedicated to verifying claims and fighting misinformation. Here’s a list of recent fact-checks related to coronavirus:

  • Coronavirus myths, debunked: A cattle vaccine, bioweapons and a $3,000 test, published March 6

  • Is COVID-19 caused by human consumption of animals? published March 18

  • Does using ibuprofen make coronavirus symptoms worse?, published March 19

  • Does drinking alcohol minimize my coronavirus risk? published March 20

  • Fact check: No, hand sanitizer won’t harm your pets if they lick your hand after you use it, published March 20

  • Will holding your breath for 10 seconds reveal if you have coronavirus? published March 22

  • Pets will not catch and spread the coronavirus to their owners, published March 25

  • Could your December cough have been coronavirus?, published March 26

  • Sun, UV light does not kill coronavirus, published March 30

  • Getting a flu shot doesn’t make you more (or less) likely to get coronavirus, published April 1

  • Your blood type does not make you more susceptible to coronavirus, published April 1

  • Is pinkeye a symptom of COVID-19? published April 9

  • Disposable masks should be worn colored-side out, published April 15

  • Is 5G related to coronavirus? published April 23

  • Can coronavirus be spread by farts? published April 23

  • Are foot sores a symptom of COVID-19? published April 24

  • Vitamins C and D are not used in ‘conventional treatment’ of coronavirus, published May 2

  • COVID-19 UV light treatment is being studied — not yet in use — in Los Angeles, published May 2

  • Vitamins C and D are not used in ‘conventional treatment’ of coronavirus, published May 2

  • Are smokers at less risk for contracting the coronavirus?, published May 3

  • An alkaline diet won’t kill the coronavirus, published May 7

  • Face masks do not weaken the immune system, published May 8

  • Price didn’t drive promotion of remdesivir over hydroxychloroquine, published May 9

  • No, you should not be wearing gloves in public, published May 13

  • Regular exercise does not weaken the immune system, published May 14

  • Face masks can be unsafe for children under 2, but not for most adults, published May 24

  • No, N95 filters are not too large to stop COVID-19 particles, published June 11

  • ‘Thousands’ of doctors have not said hydroxychloroquine cures COVID-19, published June 11

  • Leaving raw onions around your house won’t prevent illnesses, published June 16

  • Ear loop masks — even homemade cloth masks — offer protection against COVID-19, published June 16

  • Masks are effective against COVID-19; OSHA doesn’t say they offer no protection, published June 27

  • Doctors study whether COVID-19 could trigger diabetes, published June 27

  • While vaccines contain human DNA, there is no link to cancer, autism, published July 2

  • Common cold does not produce positive coronavirus test, published July 3

  • Discharge document from medical center is outdated, published July 3

  • No, the COVID-19 nasal test doesn’t swab the blood-brain barrier, published July 8

  • Though nasal test for COVID-19 swabs deep into the nose, nothing is implanted, published July 11

  • Hydroxychloroquine has not worked in treating COVID-19, studies show, published July 21

  • New England journal article taken out of context, didn’t bash face masks, published July 22

  • Expanded COVID-19 testing shows more cases, doesn’t cause high positivity rate, published July 28

  • Low body fat, healthy lifestyle do not prevent COVID-19, published, published July 30

  • Masks can keep out COVID-19 particles even though smaller than dry wall dust, published Aug. 9

  • Mask-wearing not connected to child trafficking. published Aug. 11

  • Masks are effective in stopping the coronavirus, published Aug. 21

  • More studies needed to examine link between fermented foods, COVID-19, published Sept. 1

  • Cloth masks ineffective against wildfire smoke, still slow spread of COVID-19, published Sept. 15

  • Staph infections are common and aren’t caused by face masks, published Sept. 18

  • Doctors aren’t pushing an ‘untested’ seasonal flu vaccine for the coronavirus, published Sept. 19

  • Trump’s antibody therapy not made from fetal stem cells but fetal-derived cells used during testing, published Oct. 8

  • CDC report doesn’t show mask-wearers are more likely to contract COVID-19, published Oct. 15

  • Can Trump use the Stafford Act to order a national, mandatory 2-week quarantine?, published March 19

  • Did CNN’s Dana Bash praise President Donald Trump on coronavirus?, published March 20

  • Did New Orleans mayor’s order allow ban on gun sales?, published March 21

  • Were elderly Italians left to die? And is socialized health care to blame?, published March 20

  • Did Florida county commissioner propose a blow dryer cure for coronavirus?, published March 24

  • Is the U.S. doing more coronavirus testing more than South Korea?, published March 25

  • Not true that no Democrats voted for coronavirus stimulus package, published March 25

  • U.S. House did not give itself a pay raise as part of a coronavirus relief bill, published March 29

  • NY did not pass on buying ventilators to fund tuition for undocumented immigrants, published March 31

  • Does NY have a stockpile of unneeded ventilators? No. Published April 1

  • Memphis did not ban sale of alcohol and tobacco. Published April 1

  • Did Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson say US should return to work? Published April 1

  • Did the Obama administration deplete the federal stockpile of N95 masks? published April 3

  • Did the Obama administration deplete the federal stockpile of N95 masks? published April 4

  • Is Oregon ordering social distancing through September? published April 6

  • Yes, Texas’ governor has deemed religious services essential amid pandemic, published April 8

  • Did a Democratic lawmaker in Michigan credit Trump for her COVID-19 recovery? published April 8

  • Did Wisconsin legislator Robin Vos have more protective gear at polls? published April 10

  • President Trump versus the WHO, published April 11

  • NYC is not planning to use trenches in parks as burial grounds, published April 11

  • Did Kentucky order police to record the license plates of Easter churchgoers? published April 13

  • Did Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ban the sale of American flags, plants and seeds?, published April 15 

  • Could undocumented immigrants get stimulus checks? published April 23

  • Do hospitals get paid more from Medicare for COVID-19 patients? published April 27

  • NY legislators did not give themselves a raise amid COVID-19 crisis, published May 1

  • Are governors’ stay-at-home orders bad for your health? published May 2

  • Will Florida order residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19?, published May 2

  • Obama administration did not send $3.7 million to Wuhan lab, published May 4

  • Kansas City did not require churches to turn over membership lists, published May 6

  • Pelosi does not oppose remote voting for House, published May 6

  • No evidence Virginia’s testing methodology may significantly delay reopening, published May 7

  • Are churches in Illinois closed for a year?, published May 7

  • Lawyer in Pa. election suit is not ‘Hillary Clinton’s lawyer’, published May 8

  • The Supreme Court did not deem social distancing unconstitutional in 1866, published May 9

  • San Francisco providing drugs, alcohol to quarantining homeless but not on taxpayers’ dime, published May 13

  • Under TRACE Act, cellphones will not be updated with ‘COVID-19 traceability’, published May 17

  • Did the House add a recess provision to stimulus bill?, published May 17

  • Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers isn’t seeking additional 9-month shutdown, published May 19

  • No evidence Virginia’s testing methodology may significantly delay reopening, published May 19

  • Flyers to Florida from hard-hit Tri-State area must fill out airport traveler form, published May 20

  • Coronavirus volunteer health workers will be expected to pay N.Y. state taxes, published May 21

  • Are drive-by celebrations in New Jersey illegal?, published May 21

  • CDC’s guidelines for reopening schools are recommendations, not rules, published May 22

  • No, Wisconsin did not get $0 in small business coronavirus relief funds, published May 24

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers will not spark car fires, published May 26

  • Fake letter circulating on Facebook quickly debunked by California agency, published June 3

  • Feds buy syringes that may have RFID chips, but no evidence COVID-19 vaccination required, published June 4

  • CDC’s estimates COVID-19 death rate around 0.26%, doesn’t confirm it, published June 5 

  • It is not a felony for Virginia concealed-carry permit holders to wear masks, published June 7

  • Cost of COVID-19 testing is complicated, varies by patient, published June 9

  • Stay-at-home and other state emergency orders are not unlawful, published June 11

  • No, Colorado bill does not mandate all students get vaccines without exception, published June 23

  • US government sent ventilators to Navajo Nation, despite claims otherwise, published June 27

  • Verifying President Donald Trump’s alleged failures in office, published June 28

  • CDC did not add flu and pneumonia cases to its COVID-19 death count, published June 28

  • Claim that Democratic leaders aren’t using masks is based on old picture, published July 9

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis backs new ‘intensive care’ definitions for COVID-19, published July 9

  • No, schools will not require a COVID-19 vaccine, with RFID chip, for students, published July 10

  • A fake tweet claims AOC urged governors to shut down businesses to hurt Trump, published July 14

  • DeVos never said ‘only’ 0.02% of children will die if schools reopen in the fall, published July 14

  • ADA does not provide blanket exemption from face mask requirements, published July 15

  • No mask? You can ask why — it isn’t against HIPAA or the Fourth or Fifth Amendments, published July 19

  • Gov. Whitmer did not encourage violence against Michiganders not wearing masks, published July 19

  • Fauci didn’t advocate for dispensing vaccines without studying them first, published July 22

  • Nations beating back COVID-19 are female-led, but it’s more complicated than just gender, published July 28

  • Chicago Public Schools requires COVID-19 waiver for summer sports, not classes, published July 29

  • Illinois governor didn’t scheme to give ‘politician buddies’ raises amid pandemic, published Aug. 1

  • Cleveland Clinic never told employees cloth face masks ‘don’t work’, published Aug. 1

  • Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not create religion-based exemption from mask mandates, published Aug. 6

  • Quarantine ‘camps’ are real, but COVID-19 camp claim stretches truth, published Aug. 9

  • Expanded federal paid leave benefits may be available to parents for e-learning, published Aug. 13

  • Fauci did not approve hydroxychloroquine as a cure for coronaviruses in 2005, published Aug. 19

  • Governors, president both responsible for pandemic response, published Aug. 19

  • Photos of Biden, Harris, Whitmer and Booker without masks are from early March, published Aug. 21

  • Congress not specially exempt from DC COVID-19 orders to attend Lewis funeral. published Aug. 21

  • ‘Plandemic II’ alleges false conspiracy theory involving CDC, NIH; pandemic not planned. published Aug. 23

  • CDC’s data on COVID-19 deaths used incorrectly in misleading claims, published Sept. 1

  • White House didn’t fire pandemic response unit when it was disbanded in 2018, published Sept. 10

  • Religious organizations received COVID-related loans but US Postal Service did too, published Sept. 16

  • Oklahoma Department of Health did not plan a ‘spike’ in COVID-19 cases, published Sept. 26

  • Nashville mayor did not hide COVID-19 stats, emails taken out-of-context, published Sept. 30

  • Why is the 1918 influenza pandemic called the “Spanish flu”?, published March 23

  • Did Bill Gates predict the coronavirus in 2015?, published March 22

  • A Bill Gates-backed pandemic simulation did not predict COVID-19, published March 26

  • Bill Gates, foundation did not fund patent for coronavirus, published March 27

  • Did second wave of Spanish flu kill 20 million? published April 25

  • The super rich did indeed get richer in early weeks of coronavirus pandemic, published May 7

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, Bill Gates won’t profit from drug remdesivir, published May 14 

  • China doesn’t own patent for coronavirus treatment remdesivir, published May 15

  • Bill Gates did not craft contact tracing bill, published May 26

  • 1981 Old Farmer’s Almanac didn’t predict coronavirus pandemic, published May 25

  • The 1981 Dean Koontz book ‘The Eyes of Darkness’ did not predict COVID-19, published June 2

  • Comparison of COVID-19 case data based on state politics is wrong, published June 5

  • Philadelphia ended lockdown early during 1918 flu and saw major spike in cases. published June 9

  • Bill Gates is not planning to microchip the world through a COVID-19 vaccine, published June 12

  • Melinda Gates didn’t exactly say Black people ‘must’ be vaccinated for COVID-19, published June 13

  • Google did not automatically sign up Android users for COVID-19 tracing app, published June 14

  • Conspiracy claims linking COVID-19 reports with the number 322 are nonsense, published June 16

  • Can dogs ‘sniff out’ coronavirus? Researchers are trying to find out, published June 17

  • No, 2011 ‘Captain America’ film did not predict the coronavirus pandemic, published June 21

  • There is no universal pandemic trajectory; COVID-19 may not have worse 2nd wave, published June 30

  • C.S. Lewis didn’t write ‘so many souls’ quote tied in post to COVID-19 actions, published June 30

  • These 11 CEOs stepped down during COVID-19 pandemic, published July 12

  • Post makes faulty assertions about women and face coverings in Muslim-majority countries, published July 19

  • COVID-19 not falling below ‘epidemic threshold’ in near future, published July 22

  • Claims about Canada’s pandemic relief package are only partially correct, published July 24

  • Document claiming to show CDC guidance about various types of masks is a fake, published July 27

  • Fauci warned Trump administration in 2017 of surprise infectious disease outbreak, published July 29

  • Black nurses helped save Philadelphia during a 1793 epidemic, published July 21

  • Americans won’t have microchips implanted by end of 2020, published Aug. 1

  • Viral post claiming Dems didn’t wear masks at John Lewis’ funeral uses photo from 2015, published Aug. 11

  • 2009 swine flu spread rapidly, but COVID-19 is more deadly, published Aug. 13

  • COVID-19 is deadlier than the 1918 Spanish flu and seasonal influenza, published Aug. 20

  • Disease outbreaks don’t occur just in U.S. major election years, published Aug. 21

  • ‘Plandemic’ sequel makes false claims about Bill Gates, published Aug. 25

  • Tuberculosis is more dangerous than COVID-19, but context matters, published Aug. 30

  • Acronym ‘COVID-19’ has nothing to do with vaccination certificates or AI, published Sept. 11

  • Moderna post makes false claims about Fauci, Gates, Soros, Epstein, published Sept. 11

  • COVID-19 is still a pandemic, even if CDC site calls it an ‘outbreak’, published Sept. 18

  • False claim that Dr. Anthony Fauci arrested uses doctored and out of context photos, published Sept. 22

  • Claim of double standards between COVID-19, swine flu responses is innacurate, Sept. 28

  • Satirical post falsely claims COVID-19 is no worse than the flu and affects virtually no one, published Oct. 7

  • Viral post that claims COVID-19 is a fraud cites no evidence, published Oct. 8

  • Alex Jones’ claims about Trump’s COVID-19 treatments, ‘deep state’ are false, published Oct. 11

  • Chance of an asteroid hitting Earth on Nov. 2 is not higher than dying of COVID-19, published Oct. 16

  • COVID-19 crisis has not created decreased long-term human environmental impact, published March 25

  • Are coronavirus patients dying alone in hospitals? published April 9

  • Farmers are dumping milk because of change in demand, bottling limitations, published April 10

  • Black people being targeted in Guangzhou, China, over COVID-19 fears, published April 16

  • No, homeless people are not immune from catching COVID-19, published May 2

  • Black people make up disproportionate share of COVID-19 deaths in Richmond, Virginia, published May 5

  • Did heroin overdoses kill more Americans than the coronavirus in mid-March?, published May 13

  • Payments to dairy farmers drop even as retail milk prices rise, published May 15

  • How many meatpackers and health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19?, published May 18

  • Kroger did ask employees to return overpayment of wages, then backed off, published May 20

  • Cattle farmers are paid less, consumers pay more amid beef shortage, published June 5

  • Facebook post paints too rosy of a picture for coronavirus impact on Ohio, published July 13

  • South Dakota’s COVID-19 infection, jobless stats aren’t as good as claimed, published July 25

  • Dr Pepper shortage? No. But aluminum can shortage may be behind lack of supply, published Aug. 5

  • U.S. GDP drop in 2020’s second quarter is the worst in modern history, published Aug. 8

  • Payroll taxes cut by executive action must be paid back, published Sept. 7

  • Post online misstates Sturgis Rally’s coronavirus cases, published Sept. 17

  • Several politicians have died or resigned because of COVID-19, published Sept. 25

  • No, Costco did not recall its Kirkland Signature toilet tissue, published March 26

  • No, eating morel mushrooms will not make you more susceptible to coronavirus, March 26

  • Coronavirus does not spread quickly via gas pumps, published March 28

  • Cities have not been having COVID-19 rallies — photos are fake. Published April 1

  • Avoid grocery shopping during the first 3 days of the month to give WIC recipients space?, published April 2

  • Under the CARES Act, some unemployed Americans will make $24 an hour, not all, published April 13

  • Are Spring Valley vitamins made in China?, published May 21

  • It’s true, Clorox Splash-Less bleach does not disinfect surfaces, published June 10

  • Yes, there’s a national coin shortage. Here’s why, published July 21

  • Walmart is not banning cash from its stores, despite national coin shortage, published July 27

  • A cashless society isn’t imminent and wouldn’t mean total end of cash, published July 27

  • Some — not all — hair salons in California will open in protest on Aug. 17, published Aug. 15

  • Masks in the shower? Fake flyer starts Indiana University rumor, published Sept. 4

  • Mastercard’s partnership on vaccination records is unrelated to finances, published Sept. 9

  • Too many factors involved to say teachers are safer in class than at Walmart, published Sept. 13

  • No US law requires businesses to take cash, but local laws may mandate it, published Sept. 16

  • This list will be updated regularly. Be sure to check back for the latest fact-checks on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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