Aaron Bernstein

Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment

The Science Feedback team

ARTICLE REVIEWS

CNN article accurately reports an increased risk of heart attack from cannabis use in young people, but lacks context on difference between absolute and relative risk

in CNN, by Megan Marples

— 21 Sep 2021

"Yes, it’s true that the data suggest a “doubling” of risk for cardiac problems in cannabis users, but the article confuses “absolute” risk and “relative” risk. Those..

CLAIM REVIEWS

There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines contain graphene or parasites

CLAIM
COVID-19 vaccines contain graphene and living organisms made of aluminum

SOURCE: Carrie Madej, Franc Zalewski, Stew Peters Show

Published: 21 Oct 2021

VERDICT

Several laboratories in Spain have cultured and isolated the virus SARS-CoV-2; the claim that the virus doesn’t exist is false

CLAIM
“Spanish High Court Confirms That Covid 19 Does Not Exist!”

SOURCE: Charlie Ward, The Charlie Ward Show

Published: 14 Oct 2021

VERDICT

Face masks can filter small airborne particles, including respiratory droplets, and are effective at reducing the spread of COVID-19

CLAIM
Science debunks the use of face masks to stop viruses like COVID-19

SOURCE: Byram Bridle, Liz Wheeler, Net Nuance, The Liz Wheeler Show

Published: 14 Aug 2021

VERDICT

Vaccinated people are less likely to die from the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 compared to unvaccinated people; viral claim misinterpreted PHE report

CLAIM
“You are more likely to die from the Delta variant if you have been vaccinated”

SOURCE: Anonymous, We Love Trump

Published: 16 Jul 2021

VERDICT

COVID-19 PCR tests are highly sensitive and specific for the virus SARS-CoV-2; the majority of positive results are true positives; there is no evidence that budesonide or HCQ are useful as COVID-19 treatments

CLAIM
Models that predicted that COVID-19 would cause 2.2 million deaths in the U.S. were intentionally false; treatments that are 100% effective are being banned for false reasons

SOURCE: Clay Clark, Rob Marsh, Richard Bartlett, Keith Rose, American Media Periscope

Published: 01 Jun 2021

VERDICT

Using face masks reduces the transmission of COVID-19 and doesn’t lead to oxygen deficiency or carbon dioxide buildup in the blood

CLAIM
“Both medical and non-medical face masks are ineffective to reduce transmission and infectivity of COVID-19”; “long-term consequences of wearing face masks on health are detrimental [including hypoxemia and hypercapnia]”

SOURCE: JD Rucker, Baruch Vainshelboim, American Conservative Movement

Published: 23 Apr 2021

VERDICT