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COVID-19 media surveillance - 6 July 2020

Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media coverage showing large clusters of news reports.
Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media coverage showing large clusters of news reports.
Jul 06 2020

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:

  • "239 Experts With One Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne. The W.H.O. has resisted mounting evidence that viral particles floating indoors are infectious, some scientists say. The agency maintains the research is still inconclusive" (nytimes)
  • "After coronavirus, Lisbon is replacing some Airbnbs and turning holiday rentals into homes for key workers" (independent)
  • "Mexico underestimates the number of deaths from Covid, which could be 3.5 times higher according to Financial Times" (latinus)
  • "FDA commissioner refuses to defend Trump claim that 99% of Covid-19 cases are 'harmless'" (cnn)
  • "Evidence growing that Houston's main coronavirus strain is more contagious than original" (houstonchronicle)

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

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

Extracted Quotes

Donald K Milton (USA, Professor at University of Maryland):
" Most public health organizations, including the World Health Organization, do not recognize airborne transmission except for aerosol-generating procedures performed in healthcare settings. Hand washing and social distancing are appropriate, but in our view, insufficient to provide protection from virus-carrying respiratory microdroplets released into the air by infected people". (clinicalinfectiousdiseases)

Fact Check

Fact checked: health-related claims

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that wearing a face mask is dangerous because “it makes the blood acidic” and thus “weakens the immune system” (estadaoverifica).

Fact checked: anti-vax claims

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the coronavirus will disappear on its own and it is, therefore, not necessary to get vaccinated against it, citing an Italian infectious disease doctor who did, indeed, state that the coronavirus has become less dangerous and could disappear on its own without a vaccine. Fact checkers remark that Italian public health officials and the WHO warn there is no evidence to support these claims (stopfake).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that a video claiming to show the burial of COVID-19 victims is fake and the coronavirus is a hoax, reporting that the video actually shows the burial of COVID-19 victims at a São Paulo cemetery in Brazil (afpfakty).
  • Similarly, Italian fact checkers debunk claims that TV news channels have shown fake video footage when they claimed to share footage of the coffins of COVID-19 victims from Bergamo (facta).

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