Reviews of articles by: Facebook users

CLAIM REVIEWS

COVID-19 vaccines don’t cause herpes infections; a possible association with the reactivation of herpes zoster in patients with rheumatic diseases remains unconfirmed

CLAIM
“Herpes infections may be a side effect of a COVID-19 vaccine”

SOURCE: Jackie Salo, Instagram/Facebook users, New York Post, Instagram/Facebook

Published: 26 Apr 2021

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Clinical trials and post-trial monitoring show that COVID-19 vaccines reduce the spread and occurrence of the disease

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COVID-19 vaccines are experimental and don’t prevent infection or transmission; most of us have a 0.05% chance of dying from COVID-19

SOURCE: Facebook user, Facebook

Published: 10 Apr 2021

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The energy costs of manufacturing wind turbines are recouped in one to six months; turbines are financially profitable over their lifetimes

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Wind turbines in the US are made of toxic materials that pollute the environment, are mostly built in Germany, and will not pay off their manufacturing costs within their lifetimes.

SOURCE: Internet User, Facebook

Published: 08 Apr 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines received Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA after clinical trials demonstrated that they are safe and effective; COVID-19 vaccines aren’t experimental

CLAIM
“Not one [COVID-19] vaccine is FDA approved. [...] They are all experimental.”

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 31 Mar 2021

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Heart attack victims shouldn’t use “cough CPR” on themselves, contrary to chain email dating back to 1999

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Heart attack “victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 30 Mar 2021

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Jamaica already recorded tens of thousands of COVID-19 cases as of March 2021, contrary to viral meme suggesting that smoking cannabis prevents infections

CLAIM
“Jamaica has not recorded any cases of the coronavirus”

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 23 Mar 2021

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The U.S. leads the world in number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered, but not in the proportion of the population vaccinated

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“In five weeks, America has administered the most COVID vaccine shots than any other country in the world.”

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 04 Mar 2021

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Yes, COVID-19 vaccines will help us safely resume normal activities like going to restaurants and meeting people, once enough people are vaccinated for herd immunity

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The COVID-19 vaccines won’t let us stop mask-wearing, physical distancing and restaurants, pubs, and cinemas still remain closed, so why vaccinate?

SOURCE: Facebook users, Telegram, Facebook

Published: 04 Mar 2021

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Scientists didn’t announce impending environmental catastrophes every decade since the 1970s

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"Government funded science: 70’s: another ice age in 10 years; 80’s: acid rain will destroy all crops in 10 years; 90’s: the ozone layer will be destroyed in 10 years; 2000’s the ice caps will be gone on 10 years"

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 03 Mar 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines don’t increase the incidence of poor outcomes during pregnancy, according to current safety data on COVID-19 vaccines

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COVID-19 vaccines caused miscarriages

SOURCE: Facebook users, Twitter, Facebook

Published: 19 Feb 2021

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