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‘Complete inaccuracies’: Viral Facebook post about COVID-19 tests debunked

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'Complete inaccuracies': Viral Facebook post about COVID-19 tests debunked

RMIT ABC Fact Check presents the latest debunked misinformation on COVID-19. (RMIT ABC Fact Check) CoronaCheck is RMIT ABC Fact Check’s regular email newsletter dedicated to fighting the misinformation infodemic surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.

You can read the latest edition below, and subscribe to have the next newsletter delivered straight to your inbox. CoronaCheck #19

A couple of weeks ago we reported a story on Clive Palmer and his claim that the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine had been a major factor in the Australia’s low number of COVID-19 deaths. He made that claim after announcing he’d bought 33 million doses of the drug to donate to Australia’s medical stockpile. We’ve now fact checked that claim, and found it to be baseless.

We’ve also looked at a claim made by Agriculture Minister David Littleproud that Australia has the "most secure food security in the world". We found that claim to be in the ballpark.

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Also investigated by us this week: a Facebook post attributed to the Department of Health claims common coronavirus tests can’t distinguish COVID-19 from other illnesses. The Department told us that was incorrect. Facebook post about PCR tests contains ‘complete inaccuracies’

A post shared widely on Facebook and attributed to the Department of Health claims that tests for the novel coronavirus, known as SARS-COV-2, are not able to distinguish the virus from other illnesses.

"It should be noted that PCR tests cannot distinguish between "live" virus and non-infective RNA," the post states."This means the test cannot [distinguish] covid from a cold or measles or ebola."As Australian Medical Association ACT President Antonio Di Dio explained to the ABC in March, Polymerase […]

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