Reviews of articles from: Facebook

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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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There is currently no cure for AIDS; reports to the contrary are incorrect

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AIDS was cured in more than a dozen patients

SOURCE: Alfredo Bowman, Facebook

Published: 09 Apr 2021

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Wind turbines pay back energy-costs in one to six months; most U.S. wind turbines are made in the U.S., Denmark and Spain

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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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The mRNA COVID-19 vaccines aren’t operating systems, and won’t transform the human body into a virus-making factory

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The mRNA vaccine is “an operating system that takes over the machinery of your cells” ; “...by the time you get your fourth shot your body will be making all four proteins that make up the COVID-19 virus.”

SOURCE: Abdul Alim Muhammad, Damon Jones, Instagram, Facebook

Published: 06 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

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“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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Going vegan may lead to fewer pandemics, but it won’t eliminate them completely

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“In a vegan world there would be no pandemics. 100% of pandemics are zoonotic in origin.”

SOURCE: Richard Melville Hall (aka Moby), Facebook

Published: 26 Mar 2021

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Both viruses and bacteria cause disease; pathogenic viruses aren’t naturally created in the body as a response to damage

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“You don’t catch viruses, you naturally create them inside of your body”; “bacteria and viruses don’t cause disease.”

SOURCE: Melissa Sell, Facebook

Published: 24 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

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“Jamaica has not recorded any cases of the coronavirus”

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 23 Mar 2021

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Oxygen in the air doesn’t prevent people from getting tetanus through cuts with dirty or rusty objects; the vaccine is important to prevent infection

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"The tetanus bacteria is an anaerobic bacteria. That means that it cannot live in the presence of oxygen. You cannot get tetanus by stepping on a rusty nail."

SOURCE: Steven Baker, Facebook

Published: 15 Mar 2021

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