Fact Check: Coronavirus Victims ARE Being Reported By The News Media

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  • by: Wayne Drash
Fact Check: Coronavirus Victims ARE Being Reported By The News Media False!

Is it true that names of people who have died from the novel coronavirus have not been published by news media or posted on the internet? No, that's not true: News organizations have repeatedly reported on the victims -- often giving life stories of those lost to the pandemic.

The claim has been spreading on Facebook, including in this post (archived here). The posts show a screenshot of a meme that begins "The government is a trip." It then opens:

This coronavirus doesn't add up to me I find it strange that Hundreds have died but no names given out , no photos of people whose died on news or internet

Users on social media saw this:

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Posted by Jizzle Ramsay on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Such a claim is demonstrably false. You can start here:

One of the most noted stories on victims came from The New York Times, which introduced the world to the Fusco family of New Jersey. COVID-19 sickened seven family members, killing four.

Among those taken by coronavirus was longtime NBC News employee Larry Edgeworth; Andrea Mitchell choked up on air in remembering her colleague. Dez-Ann Romain, a principal in Brooklyn, died after falling ill with coronavirus. So did Diedre Wilke, a health care worker in Georgia.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shocked the world early on March 27, 2020, when he announced he was sick with the virus.

Johns Hopkins keeps a real-time tracker of coronavirus cases worldwide. To date, nearly 600,000 people have been infected, including more than 100,000 in the United States, which has the highest incidence of COVID-19 in the world.

The pandemic has killed about 27,000 people worldwide, including more than 1,500 in the United States.

Lead Stories is working with the CoronaVirusFacts/DatosCoronaVirus Alliance, a coalition of more than 100 fact-checkers who are fighting misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the alliance here.


  Wayne Drash

Wayne Drash, a staff writer and fact-checker for Lead Stories, is a former senior producer and writer for CNN’s Health team, telling narratives about life and the unfolding drama of the world we live on. He specialized in covering complex major issues, such as health insurance, the opioid epidemic and Big Pharma.

 

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