Aaron Bernstein

Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment

The Science Feedback team

CLAIM REVIEWS

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

There is no evidence that the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 has a lower fatality rate than the wild-type virus

CLAIM
The fatality rate of the Delta variant of COVID-19 is lower than the original variant

SOURCE: Dan Bongino, Alan Jones, Craig Kelly, The Dan Bongino Show, Sky News Australia

Published: 09 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