Are all U.S. citizens entitled to $700 per week to stay at home to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus? No, that's not true: The link in the posts takes viewers to a gorilla giving the middle finger. The post was a hoax related to the coronavirus, but the joke went viral and fooled some people.
All US Citizens are Entitled to $700 USD per week to stay at home to avoid the spread of COVID-19 novel Coronavirus, starting from March 16, 2020. The Government grant pay is accessible to all no matter employment status. Read full article here on how to claim:
Users on social media only saw this:
Many of the posts use actual television news logos for the image to give the falsehoods an air of authenticity. However, all of the posts take readers to this link:
Lead Stories has debunked previous hoaxes that link to the same photo. And similar claims have been making the rounds that suggest every household will be getting a specific amount of money in the form of a stimulus check, even though lawmakers have not finalized those relief measures.
U.S. citizens may get some economic relief from Congress at some point, but that could still be a few weeks away. On March 17, 2020, the White House announced an $850 million stimulus package, which would also include support for businesses, according to The Washington Post.
Also, Republican Sen. Mitt Romney has suggested giving each American adult $1,000, to ensure economic stability, according to CNN. However, this is merely a proposal and has not been taken up by Congress.
Until lawmakers take up those measures, posts such as these are spreading some humor but not the truth.
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