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# debunked - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Debunked: No, leaving onions around your home won't 'catch' the coronavirus
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, leaving onions around your home won't 'catch' the coronavirus

Mar 31st 2020, 6:20 AM 32,206 Views 20 Comments

False claims on Facebook suggest that onions are able to absorb germs.

# debunked - Monday 30 March, 2020

Debunked: That WhatsApp message with health tips from a doctor in China is false and misleading
# False Claims
# False Claims

Debunked: That WhatsApp message with health tips from a doctor in China is false and misleading

Mar 30th 2020, 3:34 PM 54,114 Views 29 Comments

A message claiming to be from a friend’s uncle who works in a hospital in China has been circulating lately.

# debunked - Thursday 26 March, 2020

Debunked: No, drinking tea is not a cure for Covid-19
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, drinking tea is not a cure for Covid-19

Mar 26th 2020, 7:14 PM 51,489 Views 45 Comments

False claims being shared on WhatsApp claim that drinking tea can stop the coronavirus.

Debunked: The UK no longer considers Covid-19 a high consequence infectious disease, but social media posts about it are misleading
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: The UK no longer considers Covid-19 a high consequence infectious disease, but social media posts about it are misleading

Mar 26th 2020, 6:13 PM 17,818 Views 3 Comments

A screenshot shared online is true, but doesn’t tell the full story.

# debunked - Wednesday 25 March, 2020

Debunked: No, Ireland is not in a 'lockdown sequence' despite what this Facebook post says
# Covid19
# Covid19

Debunked: No, Ireland is not in a 'lockdown sequence' despite what this Facebook post says

Mar 25th 2020, 5:49 PM 2,227 Views 0 Comments

The post claims the Irish government has been slowly implementing a country-wide lockdown since last Sunday.

Debunked: No, GPs aren't giving out 'rescue packs' en masse to asthma and COPD sufferers
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, GPs aren't giving out 'rescue packs' en masse to asthma and COPD sufferers

Mar 25th 2020, 3:47 PM 32,547 Views 28 Comments

A message that is being shared in WhatsApp groups and on social media contains medical advice that is “not safe” according to one GP.

# debunked - Saturday 21 March, 2020

Debunked: No, the 'lockdown' isn't here - that's the Defence Forces setting up a testing site on Dublin's quays
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, the 'lockdown' isn't here - that's the Defence Forces setting up a testing site on Dublin's quays

Mar 21st 2020, 8:30 PM 140,087 Views 121 Comments

A Facebook post said the army was “setting up camp” on the quays.

# debunked - Friday 20 March, 2020

Debunked: No, 'Galway Hospital' hasn't circulated a message telling people to wear gloves at petrol pumps
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

Debunked: No, 'Galway Hospital' hasn't circulated a message telling people to wear gloves at petrol pumps

Mar 20th 2020, 7:05 PM 104,611 Views 63 Comments

Another WhatsApp message is being forwarded around many groups today.

TheJournal.ie has joined a worldwide project of factcheckers debunking claims about Covid-19
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

TheJournal.ie has joined a worldwide project of factcheckers debunking claims about Covid-19

Mar 20th 2020, 3:43 PM 16,437 Views 47 Comments

We’ll now have access to hundreds of factchecks by other international newsrooms.

# debunked - Wednesday 18 March, 2020

Debunked: Despite what those WhatsApp messages predicted, the country has not gone into lockdown in the past two days
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: Despite what those WhatsApp messages predicted, the country has not gone into lockdown in the past two days

Mar 18th 2020, 10:30 PM 51,001 Views 39 Comments

The Defence Forces have been very busy – but they’re not patrolling the streets.

Debunked: No, gardaí did not ask off-licences to open late on St Patrick's Day to stop house parties
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

Debunked: No, gardaí did not ask off-licences to open late on St Patrick's Day to stop house parties

Mar 18th 2020, 6:26 PM 29,984 Views 26 Comments

The claim was made on social media yesterday, but it isn’t true.

Debunked: No, you can't test for the coronavirus by holding your breath for more than 10 seconds
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

Debunked: No, you can't test for the coronavirus by holding your breath for more than 10 seconds

Mar 18th 2020, 12:05 AM 50,770 Views 57 Comments

A widely shared message claims this advice comes from ‘Taiwan experts’. Real experts say there’s no evidence to support it.

# debunked - Sunday 15 March, 2020

Debunked: No, four young people are not in a serious condition in CUH after taking non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

Debunked: No, four young people are not in a serious condition in CUH after taking non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs

Mar 15th 2020, 9:28 PM 307,350 Views 46 Comments

The clinical lead for the HSE told TheJournal.ie that such false stories harm our collective action to fight this virus.

# debunked - Friday 13 March, 2020

Debunked: No, the HSE is not telling people to stockpile food, despite what this WhatsApp message says
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, the HSE is not telling people to stockpile food, despite what this WhatsApp message says

Mar 13th 2020, 7:08 PM 98,783 Views 50 Comments

The rumour has been doing the rounds on WhatsApp in Ireland today.

Got any messages on WhatsApp about coronavirus that sound untrue? Send it to us and we'll check it out
# Debunked
# Debunked

Got any messages on WhatsApp about coronavirus that sound untrue? Send it to us and we'll check it out

Mar 13th 2020, 5:44 PM 41,982 Views 0 Comments

TheJournal.ie is debunking some of the many rumours going around about coronavirus.

Debunked: No, this tweet saying that all Cheltenham racegoers from Ireland are being put into isolation is not true
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

Debunked: No, this tweet saying that all Cheltenham racegoers from Ireland are being put into isolation is not true

Mar 13th 2020, 1:49 PM 37,911 Views 53 Comments

The four-day racing festival finishes today.

Debunked: 'No substance whatsoever' to WhatsApp voicenote claiming Ireland is going into 'Status Red' lockdown
# Rubbish
# Rubbish

Debunked: 'No substance whatsoever' to WhatsApp voicenote claiming Ireland is going into 'Status Red' lockdown

Mar 13th 2020, 1:13 PM 312,747 Views 82 Comments

The Defence Forces has dismissed the widely-shared message as “irresponsible”.

# debunked - Thursday 12 March, 2020

FactCheck: No, drinking water every 15 minutes will not protect you from getting the coronavirus
# Debunked
# Debunked

FactCheck: No, drinking water every 15 minutes will not protect you from getting the coronavirus

Mar 12th 2020, 6:05 AM 68,874 Views 36 Comments

That information you’ve heard about drinking water every 15 minutes to protect yourself from Covid-19.

# debunked - Tuesday 10 March, 2020

Debunked: Department of Education says as of now, it is not ordering all schools to close
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Debunked: Department of Education says as of now, it is not ordering all schools to close

Mar 10th 2020, 4:30 PM 110,342 Views 75 Comments

Rumours were circulating on WhatsApp and on social media today that all schools nationwide are to be closed.

# debunked - Friday 6 March, 2020

An image being shared on social media naming schools closing due to Covid-19 is fake: here's why
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

An image being shared on social media naming schools closing due to Covid-19 is fake: here's why

Mar 6th 2020, 3:03 PM 138,644 Views 41 Comments

The image has been circulating following the confirmation of four cases of the virus in Clare.

# debunked - Tuesday 3 March, 2020

Yes, it's safe to receive a package from China. No, there are no media blackouts: Exploding myths about Covid-19
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Yes, it's safe to receive a package from China. No, there are no media blackouts: Exploding myths about Covid-19

Mar 3rd 2020, 6:00 AM 36,148 Views 17 Comments

There are a few common misconceptions around the coronavirus. Here, we take some of them head on.

# debunked - Friday 28 February, 2020

Why those messages you're getting on WhatsApp about coronavirus cases in Ireland are (probably) not true
# Debunked
# Debunked

Why those messages you're getting on WhatsApp about coronavirus cases in Ireland are (probably) not true

Feb 28th 2020, 3:53 PM 82,272 Views 32 Comments

That WhatsApp message you got might sound believable – but check it out for yourself before sharing it.

# debunked - Thursday 21 June, 2018

The Brazilian icon and the bizarre, long-running myth of his failed football career in Ireland
# Debunked
From The42
# Debunked

The Brazilian icon and the bizarre, long-running myth of his failed football career in Ireland

Jun 21st 2018, 9:30 PM 41,364 Views 22 Comments

Socrates never did play for UCD or Shelbourne and he never tasted Sigerson Cup action either. So, where did the stories come from?

# debunked - Sunday 22 April, 2018

FactCheck: Is the 'Martinelli' virus real and can it hack your phone through Whatsapp?
# Debunked
# Debunked

FactCheck: Is the 'Martinelli' virus real and can it hack your phone through Whatsapp?

Apr 22nd 2018, 9:45 AM 60,169 Views 22 Comments

Commonly shared around WhatsApp groups, it portends great doom coming to your phone.

# debunked - Wednesday 15 February, 2017

'There is a jungle of information out there': Warning over online cancer myths
# Debunked
# Debunked

'There is a jungle of information out there': Warning over online cancer myths

Feb 15th 2017, 9:49 AM 13,315 Views 133 Comments

The public has been urged not to trust the internet for medical advice.

# debunked - Sunday 2 August, 2015

This Coke infographic has gone massively viral, but here's why it might not be entirely accurate
# Debunked
From The Daily Edge
# Debunked

This Coke infographic has gone massively viral, but here's why it might not be entirely accurate

Aug 2nd 2015, 11:20 AM 9,167 Views 3 Comments

You can’t believe everything you read.

# debunked - Sunday 26 July, 2015

8 commonly believed beauty myths that are mostly nonsense
# Debunked
From The Daily Edge
# Debunked

8 commonly believed beauty myths that are mostly nonsense

Jul 26th 2015, 1:00 PM 13,514 Views 2 Comments

Does toothpaste really get rid of pimples?

# debunked - Monday 15 December, 2014

This video showing an elephant throwing rubbish into bin is going viral - but is it real?
# Eco Friendly Elephant
From The Daily Edge
# Eco Friendly Elephant

This video showing an elephant throwing rubbish into bin is going viral - but is it real?

Dec 15th 2014, 8:26 PM 9,602 Views 1 Comment

Some are sceptical.

# debunked - Wednesday 26 November, 2014

No, Mary Lou did not avoid a Trinity Sinn Féin event because of a Maíria Cahill protest
# Explained
# Explained

No, Mary Lou did not avoid a Trinity Sinn Féin event because of a Maíria Cahill protest

Nov 26th 2014, 11:04 AM 10,564 Views 103 Comments

The party has dismissed reports McDonald cancelled her appearance at an event last night in the wake of a protest.

# debunked - Monday 2 June, 2014

Debunked: Is it better to keep bread in the fridge or a bread bin?
# True Or False
# True Or False

Debunked: Is it better to keep bread in the fridge or a bread bin?

Jun 2nd 2014, 4:00 PM 66,803 Views 40 Comments

Mould is likely to contaminate the bread at some point, but what is the best way of stopping this from happening?

# debunked - Sunday 24 November, 2013

Debunked: Does water drain in a different direction in each hemisphere?
# True Or False
# True Or False

Debunked: Does water drain in a different direction in each hemisphere?

Nov 24th 2013, 10:15 AM 19,802 Views 49 Comments

You remember this from The Simpsons, don’t you?

# debunked - Sunday 10 November, 2013

Debunked: Will a bee die if it stings you?
# True Or False
# True Or False

Debunked: Will a bee die if it stings you?

Nov 10th 2013, 11:30 AM 32,455 Views 38 Comments

Will you be taking less pity on the next bee that stings you?

# debunked - Sunday 6 October, 2013

Debunked: Is it possible to have a photographic memory?
# True Or False
# True Or False

Debunked: Is it possible to have a photographic memory?

Oct 6th 2013, 10:30 AM 12,655 Views 23 Comments

It wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. You’d never have to double-check to see if you locked the back door or not. Did you?

# debunked - Sunday 29 September, 2013

Debunked: Does pressing the pedestrian crossing button more than once make any difference?
# True Or False
# True Or False

Debunked: Does pressing the pedestrian crossing button more than once make any difference?

Sep 29th 2013, 10:30 AM 22,278 Views 58 Comments

And why do we feel the need to press it over and over again?

# debunked - Sunday 22 September, 2013

Debunked: Does swallowed chewing gum stay in your stomach for seven years?
# True Or False
# True Or False

Debunked: Does swallowed chewing gum stay in your stomach for seven years?

Sep 22nd 2013, 10:30 AM 25,261 Views 38 Comments

Or longer? Is that piece that you swallowed when you were six still there?

# debunked - Sunday 1 September, 2013

Debunked: Does reading in low light or staring at a screen damage your eyesight?
# True Or False
# True Or False

Debunked: Does reading in low light or staring at a screen damage your eyesight?

Sep 1st 2013, 10:30 AM 57,098 Views 18 Comments

“Turn off that feckin’ laptop and go to sleep, Séan, your eyes will fall out of your head by the time you’re thirty” can now be swiftly met with “Eh, Mam, about that…”.

# debunked - Sunday 25 August, 2013

Debunked: Does sugar make children hyperactive?
# True Or False
# True Or False

Debunked: Does sugar make children hyperactive?

Aug 25th 2013, 10:30 AM 15,598 Views 67 Comments

Although we are quick to lay the blame on fizzy pop and chocolate, studies show that they might not have anything to do with hyperactivity.

# debunked - Sunday 18 August, 2013

Debunked: Is a rat never more than a few metres away?
# True Or False
# True Or False

Debunked: Is a rat never more than a few metres away?

Aug 18th 2013, 10:30 AM 41,946 Views 103 Comments

That would mean there could be one right at the foot of your bed, but is this actually the case?