The Infodemic: Do 360,000 People Die in US Swimming Pools Each Year?

Fake news about the coronavirus can do real harm. is spotlighting fact-checks from other reliable sources here​.Daily DebunkClaim: Phil “Dr. Phil” McGraw said there are 360,000 annual deaths in the U.S. from swimming pools. He’s since said he was citing the worldwide number and “misspoke.”Verdict: FalseRead the full story: “Dr. Phil’s faulty point about the coronavirus and swimming pools,” PolitiFact​. Social Media Disinfo​Bill GatesCirculating on social media: Claim that Microsoft owns patent “666,” which involves inserting microchips into people to mine their activity for cryptocurrency purposes.Verdict: Mostly FalseRead the full story at: “Does Microsoft Own Patent ‘666’ About Implanting Microchips in People?” — Snopes​ Factual Reads on CoronavirusA New Doctor Faces the Coronavirus in Queens
A front-line physician at Elmhurst Hospital sees how closely socioeconomic status is tied to the disease, and tries to help patients who are dying without their families.
— The New Yorker, April 20Coronavirus myths explored
As the coronavirus continues to make the news, a host of untruths has surrounded the topic. In this special feature, we address some of these myths and conspiracies.
— Medical News Today, April 16

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