FACT CHECK: Are Military Helicopters Spraying Pesticides Around The Country To Combat Coronavirus?


An image shared on Facebook claims U.S. military helicopters are spraying pesticides across the country to combat the new coronavirus.

Verdict: False

There is no evidence that military helicopters are spraying pesticides to kill the new coronavirus. The hoax has circulated in other countries.

Fact Check:

The image, posted March 23, shows an alert message from the Neighbors app warning users about the U.S. military’s supposed effort to limit the spread of the new coronavirus with pesticides. A map visible in the image suggests that users in San Diego received the alert.

“So you must stay indoors after twelve o’clock at night and remove all clothes which are outside,” instructs the alert. “When you hear the sounds of airplanes at night, it is for you to know that it is related to this matter (COVID-19).”

President Donald Trump outlined on March 22 the federal government’s plan to fund the National Guard’s efforts to combat the new virus in New York, California and Washington, three of the states hit hardest by the new coronavirus.

There is no evidence that the U.S. military is spraying coronavirus-killing pesticides from helicopters, however. The Daily Caller didn’t find any credible reports of

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