Fact Checks

Trump’s Numbers July 2020 Update
Trump’s Numbers July 2020 Update
  • 7.8 million jobs have been lost — including 7,100 coal mining jobs and 274,000 manufacturing jobs.
  • The unemployment rate soared to the highest levels since World War II, and stood at 11.1% most recently.
  • The economy — which had been growing modestly — shrank at an annual rate of 5% in the first quarter and much worse is predicted in the quarter just ended.
  • Stock prices dropped sharply in response to COVID-19, but they have since mostly recovered. The NASDAQ index even set some new records.
  • Corporate profits sagged, recently running 6% lower (even after taxes) than before Trump took office.
  • But inflation remained low, and real weekly wages (for those who still have jobs) are up 7.3%.

Old Photo Shows Obama, Fauci at U.S. Facility — Not ‘Wuhan Lab’
An image circulating on social media claims to show former President Barack Obama, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Melinda Gates at the “Wuhan lab in 2015.” The photo was actually taken at the National Institutes of Health campus in Maryland — and Melinda Gates is not in the picture.

Post making false face mask claims circulates in Canada and the US
A Facebook post shared thousands of times in Canada and the United States lists alleged risks associated with the use of face masks that are aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, including decreased oxygen intake and increased “toxic inhalation.” But experts say the claims in the post, and others making similar assertions, are false.