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COVID-19 media surveillance - 19 November 2020

COVID-19 media surveillance - 19 November 2020: Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media reports showing clusters of media reports on Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Germany, Ireland, the UK, Russia, and India
Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media reports showing clusters of media reports
Nov 20 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:

  • "Immunity to the Coronavirus may last years, new data hint. Blood samples from recovered patients suggest a powerful, long-lasting immune response, researchers reported." (nytimes, biorxiv)
  • "A new study questions whether masks protect wearers. You need to wear them anyway. Masks prevent people from transmitting the coronavirus to others, scientists now agree. But a new trial failed to document protection from the virus among the wearers." (nytimes)
  • "Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes first Covid-19 test for self-testing at home." (fda)
  • "Why every state should adopt a mask mandate, in 4 charts. The latest research suggests mask mandates help control the spread of Covid-19." (vox)

The hashtags #moderna and #pfizer were trending following press releases about the efficacy of their vaccines in late-stage trials.

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

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

Fact Check

  • Fact checkers continue to debunk several claims contained in a World Doctors Alliance video, including claims denying that the pandemic exists and calling the virus “normal flu” (afpfactcheck).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that US hospitals are falsely attributing deaths to COVID-19 in order to acquire more funding, reporting that in some cases hospitals do receive extra federal funding, but on the basis of treated COVID-19 patients, not COVID-19 deaths (misbar).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that chokeberry and pomegranate juice “destroys the coronavirus in 5 minutes” (factcheck.cz).
  • American fact checkers debunk claims that a member of Joe Biden’s COVID-19 task force recommends “withholding food stamps and rent assistance from those who refuse coronavirus vaccines”, reporting that such claims mischaracterise recommendations made over the summer by a working group of medical experts and scholars (politifact).
  • Fact checkers address what is said to be a claim by Jim Carrey, that is, that COVID-19 is being used to manipulate the world through fear, reporting that there is no evidence to suggest that the American actor made the purported comment (aapfactcheck).
  • Dutch fact checkers focus on a series of images showing the same person in different coronavirus-related situations, circulating on social media accompanied by claims that they prove that the pandemic is planned and/or being used to frighten people. Fact checkers report that the images in question are stock images intended to illustrate the situation, not exaggerate it (afpfactchecknederland).

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