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The Infodemic: CDC Report Didn't Discount Effectiveness of Masks

Voice of America
25 Oct 2020, 16:05 GMT+10

Fake news about the coronavirus can do real harm. Polygraph.info is spotlighting fact-checks from other reliable sources here.

Daily Debunk

Claim: "A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that an 'overwhelming majority' of individuals who contacted coronavirus had worn a mask or face covering, proving that neither are effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19."

Verdict: Mostly false

Read the full story at: snopes.com

Social Media Disinfo

Circulating on social media: "After an Ontario politician condemned the Canadian federal government's Covid-19 quarantine sites as "internment camps," social media posts suggested that these sites would eventually be used to jail Canadians. This is false; the sites are facilities rented by the federal government for travellers who have no alternative for mandatory quarantine, Health Canada told AFP."

Verdict: False

Read the full story at: AFP Fact Check

Factual Reads on Coronavirus

Improving pandemic preparedness: Lessons from COVID-19

The United States and the world were caught unprepared by the COVID-19 pandemic despite decades of warnings of the threat of global pandemics and years of international planning.

-- Council on Foreign Relations, October 2020

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