Coronavirus Newsbites

PSU football doctor: 30-35 percent of COVID-19-positive Big Ten athletes had myocarditis
A third of Big Ten athletes who tested positive for Covid-19 had signs of myocarditis, a dangerous inflammation of the heart muscle, which fed the conference’s decision to suspend its fall sports programs.

False claim circulates online comparing SARS and Covid-19 outbreaks in the Philippines
Multiple Facebook posts shared tens of thousands of times purport show an accurate comparison between the Philippine government's responses to the 2003 SARS outbreak and the 2020 novel coronavirus pandemic. The posts claim a prompt travel ban in 2003 resulted in zero SARS cases in the country, whereas a delayed ban in 2020 led to the Philippines recording the highest Covid-19 cases in Asia. The claim is false; Philippine government records show no travel ban was implemented in 2003; World Health Organisation (WHO) data shows the Philippines recorded 14 SARS cases that year; several Asian countries have recorded higher numbers of Covid-19 cases than the Philippines as of September 4, 2020.

This image shows Liverpool fans celebrating their team’s UEFA Champions League win in 2005
An image has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook posts alongside a claim it shows a protest against coronavirus restrictions in the British capital of London. The claim is false; the image shows football fans celebrating in the English city of Liverpool after Liverpool Football Club won the UEFA Champions League in 2005.