False claim circulates on Facebook that people cannot catch COVID-19 from infected people or contaminated surfaces

Published on 12/08/2020 at 07:00

Multiple Facebook posts shared hundreds of times claim that COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, does not spread “from person to person”. The posts also claim that people cannot become infected by touching contaminated surfaces. The claims are false; international health authorities say COVID-19 can be transmitted from person to person and by touching contaminated surfaces.