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An image shared on Facebook claims a batch of COVID-19 nasal swab tests that were distributed to the U.S. military were tainted with flesh-eating bacteria.
There is no evidence the U.S. military received tainted COVID-19 nasal swab tests. The claim stems from Real Raw News, a website that says it publishes “humor, parody, and satire.”
The image shows what appears to be a screenshot of an article published on Jan. 7 that alleges a batch of COVID-19 nasal swab tests distributed to the U.S. military were tainted with necrotizing fasciitis, an aggressive flesh-eating disease. The article cites “Captain Jacob Downing,” an alleged medical doctor and infectious disease expert at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as the source for the article.
There is, however, no evidence to suggest the claim is true. A Walter Reed spokesperson told Check Your Fact there was no employee by the name of “Jacob Downing” at the medical center. There is also no mention of COVID-19 nasal swab tests being infected with necrotizing fasciitis in press releases from the Department of Defense (DOD) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“This is false,” said a DOD spokesperson in an email to Check Your Fact. (RELATED: Viral Post Claims Unused COVID-19 Tests Showing Positive Results Were Found In Tuscaloosa)
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