Fake news about the coronavirus can do real harm. Polygraph.info is spotlighting fact-checks from other reliable sources here.
Claim: Germany is planning to put quarantine violators in detention centers and refugee camps.
Read the full story at: Snopes
Social Media Disinfo
Circulating on social media: A Facebook post shared by a widely followed account in the name of a South African politician claims that pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca – whose Covid-19 vaccines are set to be rolled out in the country – is owned by a rich Chinese man.
Read the full story at: Agence France-Presse
Factual Reads on Coronavirus
Elective, but not optional: Orthopedic patients eagerly await surgeries delayed by Covid-19
[F]or some people anticipating operations to ease their pain or halt their disease, hospitals’ decisions about what’s elective involves a grim calculus of how long they can wait.
— Stat, January 27