Fact Check: Did CNN publish a report on Coronavirus killing two in meth lab explosion?

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Quick Take

Social media users are sharing an image of CNN reporting where the headline reads Coronavirus killed two people in meth lab explosion. We fact-checked and found that the claim is false.

The Claim

“BREAKING NEWS: CORONA VIRUS KILLS TWO IN METH LAB EXPLOSION,” reads the headline of a TV news screenshot that showed a burned down house. The post has been shared on Facebook and Instagram. A screenshot is given below.

Fact Check

Is the photo real?

No. The image is an altered photo.

A quick Google Reverse image search reveals that the image is old and is in circulation since early 2020.

A search on the CNN website shows no reports similar to the news screenshot. An official from CNN further confirmed to USA Today that the image is is fake.

The photo seems like a sarcastic take on the Coronavirus death numbers with a conspiracy theory that the numbers are inflated. It is also available on a few meme making websites.

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Disclaimer
Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can further read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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