Coronavirus facts vs myths

Reporter: Corey Lazar
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Big coronavirus myths have popped up online this week and WINK News is here to help you know what is true and what is false.

Scammers are using fake websites to steal your stimulus money!

This is true: Checkphish—which is a site used to track suspicious websites says scammers have set up more than 149,000 suspicious domains with the term “Stimulus check” in them.

An image which appears to be from CNN showing packed Jacksonville beaches—is a fake.

Politifact checked and found it is actually an image from Brazil back in 2013 when the pope was there.

The third myth—Democrats are pushing for a mandatory microchip injection for all of us to fight coronavirus.

Politifact says that’s not true.

No evidence exists that microchips are a serious way to fight the virus and Democrats are not fighting for any mandatory treatments or vaccines—saying the states already have that power.

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