Fact checking organizations and individual fact checkers around the world are fact-checking some of the most popular fake and misleading coronavirus stories on social media. They have been already debunked many such coronavirus fake news and false claims.

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Below listed several coronavirus fake news.

5G mobile networks DO NOT spread COVID-19

Viruses cannot travel on radio waves/mobile networks. COVID-19 is spreading in many countries that do not have 5G mobile networks.

COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. People can also be infected by touching a contaminated surface and then their eyes, mouth or nose. 

5G mobile networks DO NOT spread COVID-19 Coronavirus / Fake News
5G mobile networks DO NOT spread COVID-19 Coronavirus / Fake News

Drinking alcohol does not protect you against COVID-19 and can be dangerous

Frequent or excessive alcohol consumption can increase your risk of health problems. 

Drinking alcohol liquor does not protect you against COVID-19 and coronavirus
Drinking alcohol liquor does not protect you against COVID-19 and coronavirus

Can eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.

Eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus
Eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus ?

Exposing yourself to the sun or to temperatures higher than 25C degrees DOES NOT prevent the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

You can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. Countries with hot weather have reported cases of COVID-19. To protect yourself, make sure you clean your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.  

Exposing yourself to the sun or to temperatures higher than 25C degrees DOES NOT prevent the coronavirus disease COVID-19
Exposing yourself to the sun or to temperatures higher than 25C degrees DOES NOT prevent the coronavirus disease COVID-19

In Sri Lanka 17 suspects arrested by Police Criminal Investigations Department for spreading fake news on Coronavirus (COVID-19) through social media. Two woman, have been arrested so far on charges of spreading fake news on COVID- 19 via social media. Police to take strict legal action against those who spread fake news. Fact Crescendo Sri Lanka fact-checking organization has debunked most of fake and misleading coronavirus news on social media.

Sinhala Fact Checks – Factcrescendo-SriLanka

English Fact Checks – Factcrescendo-SriLanka

Fake Videos

The video of a deer calf playing on Nilaveli Beach during curfew was not captured in Sri Lanka. The original video was captured on a beach in Southern France and was published in November, 2015.

Fake Video - Deer calf playing on Nilaveli Beach Trincomalee during curfew. video was captured on a beach in Southern France in November 2015
Fake Video – Deer calf playing on Nilaveli Beach Trincomalee during curfew. video was captured on a beach in Southern France in November 2015

Old Video shared in a misleading way as deer in Yala during lockdown. The video of Sambar Deer on Yala beach was filmed and updated to National Geographic Instagram on 2017.

Deer in Yala during lockdown Sri Lanka. video of Sambar Deer on Yala beach was filmed in 2017
Fake Video – Deer in Yala during lockdown Sri Lanka. video of Sambar Deer on Yala beach was filmed in 2017

Fake Photos

Viral images of Italians throwing money on streets, actually cash notes scattered on roads by bank robbers in Venezuela in March 2019.

Viral images of Italians throwing money on streets actually cash notes scattered on roads by bank robbers in Venezuela in March 2019
Fake Photo – Viral images of Italians throwing money on streets actually cash notes scattered on roads by bank robbers in Venezuela in March 2019

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