The Infodemic: CDC Report Didn’t Discount Effectiveness of Masks
Fake news about the coronavirus can do real harm. Polygraph.info is spotlighting fact-checks from other reliable sources here.Daily DebunkClaim: “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 falseRead the full story at: snopes.comSocial Media DisinfoCirculating 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: FalseRead the full story at: AFP Fact CheckFactual Reads on CoronavirusImproving 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