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# debunked - Wednesday 1 April, 2020

Debunked: Yes, funerals are very different right now but they are still happening

Debunked: Yes, funerals are very different right now but they are still happening

A message being shared makes specific claims about funeral arrangements for loved ones who die from Covid-19.

# debunked - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Debunked: No, the army isn't patrolling all the cities, towns and villages in Ireland because of Covid-19

There is a lot of misinformation about what is actually involved in Ireland’s Covid-19 measures.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another WhatsApp message is being forwarded around many groups today. has joined a worldwide project of factcheckers debunking claims about Covid-19

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

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

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

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

The clinical lead for the HSE told 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# debunked - Thursday 21 June, 2018

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

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

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?

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

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

# debunked - Sunday 2 August, 2015

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

# debunked - Sunday 26 July, 2015

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

8 commonly believed beauty myths that are mostly nonsense

Does toothpaste really get rid of pimples?

# debunked - Monday 15 December, 2014

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

# debunked - Wednesday 26 November, 2014

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

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?

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?

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

# debunked - Sunday 10 November, 2013

Debunked: Will a bee die if it stings you?

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?

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?

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?

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?

“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?

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?

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