Articles tagged with: Coronavirus

ARTICLE REVIEWS

People who do not show symptoms can contribute to significant COVID-19 transmission, contrary to CNBC report

in CNBC, by William Feuer, Noah Higgins-Dunn

— 10 Jun 2020

there is already “abundant data” showing that people who are not showing symptoms—which could include asymptomatic, presymptomatic, and paucisymptomatic individuals—compris...

COVID-19 vaccine candidate by Pittsburgh scientists show promising results in animal studies, but clinical trials still needed before efficacy in humans is known

in Pittsburgh Magazine, by Garret Roberts

— 11 Apr 2020

Scientists who reviewed this article’s scientific credibility found that the reporting was generally accurate. However, they also highlighted a missed opportunity to provide read...

CLAIM REVIEWS

Nasal swab used for COVID-19 testing does not reach the brain

CLAIM
Nasal swabs used for COVID-19 tests reach the blood-brain barrier and may damage it.

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 10 Jul 2020

VERDICT

The June 2020 spike in U.S. COVID-19 cases indicates a rising percentage of infections and is not simply an artifact of more testing

CLAIM
“There's a ‘spike’ in [COVID-19] cases because there's a spike in testing.”

SOURCE: Facebook User, Facebook

Published: 08 Jul 2020

VERDICT

COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are mainly detected by highly specific molecular testing, not antibody testing

CLAIM
Antibodies for the common cold produce a positive COVID-19 test; false-positive results from COVID-19 antibody testing are behind the COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S.

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 06 Jul 2020

VERDICT

Internet memes based on hearsay claim that hospital laboratories falsify COVID-19 tests to inflate numbers without evidence

CLAIM
Hospital laboratories falsify positive COVID-19 results

SOURCE: Anonymous, Facebook

Published: 04 Jul 2020

VERDICT

Contrary to popular claim on social media, RNA vaccines do not alter our DNA

CLAIM
“Bill Gates explains that the COVID vaccine will use experimental technology and permanently alter your DNA”

SOURCE: Alex Pietrowski, Facebook users, Waking Times

Published: 30 Jun 2020

VERDICT

OSHA recommends using cloth face coverings at the workplace, contrary to claim by Peggy Hall

CLAIM
“OSHA says masks don't work and violate OSHA oxygen levels”

SOURCE: Peggy Hall, TheHealthyAmerican.org, GreenMedInfo

Published: 24 Jun 2020

VERDICT

People should take precautions against COVID-19 regardless of their blood type

CLAIM
“People with blood type O [are] more protected against COVID-19”

SOURCE: Celia Jean, Jerusalem Post

Published: 22 Jun 2020

VERDICT

People who do not show COVID-19 symptoms can and do transmit it to others; physical distancing and face masks effectively reduce the risk of transmission

CLAIM
The WHO stated that asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 is “very rare”, therefore physical distancing and face masks are not necessary

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 14 Jun 2020

VERDICT

German Ministry employee makes unsupported claim that COVID-19 pandemic is a global false alarm in widely circulated yet unsolicited opinion article

CLAIM
German government leaked document declares COVID-19 is “a global false alarm”

SOURCE: Baxter Dmitry, NewsPunch

Published: 10 Jun 2020

VERDICT

Article inaccurately claims that coronavirus vaccine by Oxford researchers caused animal test subjects to develop COVID-19

CLAIM
"Bill Gates’ shoddily-hastened vaccine has been determined to make all animal test subjects get COVID-19 when exposed to the virus"

SOURCE: Anonymous, Montana Daily Gazette

Published: 08 Jun 2020

VERDICT

INSIGHTS

“Plandemic” vignette featuring anti-vaccination activist Judy Mikovits contains numerous false and unsupported claims about COVID-19

— 08 May 2020

This video is the first in a series of vignettes preceding a movie titled “Plandemic”. First published on 5 May 2020, it quickly went viral on Facebook, with more than 2.2 mill...

Did the COVID-19 virus originate from a lab or nature? Examining the evidence for different hypotheses of the novel coronavirus’ origins

— 24 Apr 2020

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in December 2019, many hypotheses have been advanced to explain where the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) actually came from. Initial re...