The text above the photo reads: “This photo taken in kansas in America in September 2019 something doesn’t add up. LET’S OPEN OUR EYES!”
One Facebook user commented: “#TRUTH SHALL COME OUT ONE DAY.” Another wrote: “THE WORLD NEEDS AN EXPLANATION.”
But does the photo have anything to do with the Covid-19 pandemic?
‘This picture is fake’
A reverse image search leads to photos of similar rail tanker cars owned by the US train company GATX. Looking closer, it’s clear that the photo shows a GATX tanker, with its distinctive vertical yellow lines:
Our fact-checker colleagues at AFP contacted GATX about the “Covid-19” tanker photo.
“GATX is aware of a manipulated image being circulated on the internet, and please note that this picture is a fake,” the company told AFP.
COVID stencilled on train ‘would not meet standard’
Associated Press asked Railinc, an organisation that keeps data on the North American railroad industry, if they had a record of a train with “COVID-19” stencilled on the side.
“We have no mark registered in our system that matches to COVID,” Railinc told AP by email.
“Further, the rules governing registered marks only allow for 2-4 alphanumeric characters. COVID would not meet that standard.” – Taryn Willows
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