Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center

As a new strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19 spreads across the globe, so does disinformation and misinformation. Follow the spread of this dangerous information with NewsGuard’s new Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center.

Listed below are all the platforms and Red-Rated news and information sites in the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy, and Germany that we have identified — 248 so far — as publishing materially false information about the virus. You’ll find websites that are notorious for publishing false health content, and political sites whose embrace of conspiracy theories extends well beyond politics. Among the hoaxes these sites publish are that swallowing bleach or colloidal silver will prevent the coronavirus — when in fact these “treatments” can be harmful. Read our report on the top COVID-19 myths—and how they emerged and spread across the internet.

To read our full review of each website, click on its name to see its NewsGuard Nutrition Label (some labels include highlighted sections of coronavirus-related content). You can also see these ratings and thousands of others in our browser extension. Click here to Get NewsGuard.

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Needless to say, this is a work in progress about a story that has new developments daily. If you have come across a false story about the COVID-19 virus on a site we have not listed below, please report it here or contact us via our misinformation hotline.

For more information about NewsGuard’s approach to tracking coronavirus misinformation, read this piece on the topic from our lead health analyst, listen to this story on NPR, or watch this segment with the BBC.

For reliable information on the COVID-19 virus, consult the websites of public health institutions such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

Websites Publishing False Coronavirus Information:
Listed By Country (in alphabetical order)

United States

United Kingdom

France

Italy

Germany

Other

Last updated July 2, 2020

Corrections: A previous version of this page erroneously identified TheWeeklyObserver.com as a site that had been rated green by NewsGuard. Rather, the page should have indicated that the website’s content was removed after NewsGuard contacted the hosting provider. This page also erroneously said that the website TheOldSchoolPatriot.com’s content had been removed after NewsGuard contacted the hosting provider.

Also, a previous version of this page listed Mondialisation.ca as a French site when in fact, it is based in Canada. Earlier, a previous version of this page erroneously included LeMediaPourTous.fr. It also incorrectly referred to the new strain of coronavirus as COVID-19. According to technical guidance from the World Health Organization, the virus itself is known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). COVID-19 is the disease caused by the virus. NewsGuard apologizes for the errors.