Articles tagged with: Face mask

ARTICLE REVIEWS

New York Post article makes speculative, unsupported claim that mutation could enable the virus causing COVID-19 to evade handwashing and mask-wearing

in New York Post, by Jackie Salo

— 08 Oct 2020

"The preprint that the article focuses on actually says nothing about the most egregious claim made in the article: that the virus is evolving to get around hand-washing, masks, et..

Telegraph article describing the hypothesis that face masks can variolate a population receives mixed reviews on its scientific accuracy

in The Telegraph, by Georgina Hayes

— 24 Sep 2020

"The Telegraph headline is obviously misleading but the subheading is accurate. Masks don’t give immunity; rather, the argument is that infections are milder or asymptomatic and ..

CLAIM REVIEWS

Fauci’s emails don’t support viral claims on masks, hydroxychloroquine and virus engineering

CLAIM
Fauci’s emails prove he knew that masks don’t work against the spread of COVID-19, that hydroxychloroquine is effective against COVID-19, and that the virus is likely engineered, and he lied about these things to the public

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter

Published: 10 Jun 2021

VERDICT

Fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from wearing a mask because they are less vulnerable to infection by SARS-CoV-2 than unvaccinated people

CLAIM
Unvaccinated people have to wear masks to protect vaccinated people

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 04 Jun 2021

VERDICT

CDC mask recommendations changed as more people in the U.S. are fully vaccinated; masks are effective at reducing virus transmission and are especially important when the majority of the population is unvaccinated

CLAIM
“Fauci admits to wearing a mask indoors because of appearances, not science”

SOURCE: Hannah Nightingale, The Post Millennial

Published: 28 May 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

Scientific evidence supports the use of face masks to reduce COVID-19 spread, mainly by preventing infectious liquid particles from reaching uninfected people

CLAIM
Scientific evidence doesn’t support the wearing of face masks; “why do you care if I don't wear a mask? Doesn't your mask protect you?”

SOURCE: Dennis Prager, Townhall Media

Published: 12 Apr 2021

VERDICT

Mask mandates are associated with reductions in the spread of COVID-19 cases and deaths; contrary to One America News article

CLAIM
“CDC: Face Masks Don’t Prevent COVID-19, Study Finds Masks Have Negligible Impact on Coronavirus Numbers”; CDC “admitted such mandates do not make any statistical difference.”

SOURCE: OANN editors, One America News Network

Published: 12 Mar 2021

VERDICT

Scientific evidence demonstrates that wearing face masks and implementing lockdowns reduce the spread of COVID-19

CLAIM
“It’s been a year & there is still no evidence masks or lockdowns slow the spread of #COVID19”

SOURCE: Kimberly Klacik, Facebook

Published: 03 Mar 2021

VERDICT

Article claiming that masks contribute to cancer development misrepresents a study about lung cancer that didn’t involve masks

CLAIM
“Long-term Mask Use May Contribute to Advanced Stage Lung Cancer, Study Finds”

SOURCE: Philip Schneider, Blacklisted News, GlobalResearch.ca

Published: 10 Feb 2021

VERDICT

Lower flu activity this season likely due to COVID-19 restrictions, increased flu vaccination, and other factors, not to misdiagnosis of flu cases as COVID-19

CLAIM
"There is no evidence to support the contention that masks would stop influenza while failing to stop COVID”; “Influenza has been renamed COVID-19 in large part”

SOURCE: Daniel Payne, Just the News

Published: 17 Jan 2021

VERDICT

German study did not find wearing face masks harms children; study wasn’t designed to accurately test these effects

CLAIM
"A German study involving over 25,000 children reveals that major negative impacts on the physical, psychological, and behavioral health of children may be far more widespread than reported”

SOURCE: Anonymous, GreenMedInfo

Published: 06 Jan 2021

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INSIGHTS

Computing Forever interview with Dolores Cahill contains numerous inaccuracies about COVID-19 and vaccines

— 22 May 2020

This video, first published on 11 May 2020, features an interview between Dave Cullen, also known as Computing Forever on YouTube, and Dolores Cahill, a professor at University Col...

“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...