Articles tagged with: Influenza

ARTICLE REVIEWS

Time article accurately describes distinguishing features between influenza infection and infection by other respiratory viruses

in Time, by Markham Heid

— 28 Nov 2018

"Generally accurate. However, the main issue is that influenza viruses can also cause a "cold", i.e. upper respiratory tract infection. A "cold" is a symptom/diagnosis whereas "inf..

CLAIM REVIEWS

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

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"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

The flu is caused by the influenza virus; stress and lack of vitamin D can make infection more likely, but don’t cause the flu

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“The flu is not a season! It is an inability to adapt due to decreased sun exposure and water intake, combined with increased sugar intake and stress.”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Healthy Holistic Living

Published: 14 Dec 2020

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A 2008 study co-authored by Anthony Fauci did not find that masks caused bacterial pneumonia, contrary to viral social media claim

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“Most of the victims of the Spanish flu didn’t die from the Spanish flu. They died from bacterial pneumonia. And the bacterial pneumonia was caused by [...] wearing masks”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Facebook

Published: 06 Nov 2020

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Fewer flu cases observed in the start of this flu season, but Donald Trump Jr.’s tweet suggesting data manipulation is unsupported and cites inaccurate figures

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“We went from 75,000 flu deaths last year in America to almost 0 [...] do you think there may be allocation games being played to manipulate the truth?”

SOURCE: Donald Trump Jr., Twitter

Published: 29 Oct 2020

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Claims that flu cases are used to inflate COVID-19 case counts are misleading, based on inaccurate numbers

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“Flu cases down by 95%” between 2019 and 2020 for the weeks 40 to 41; flu is being diagnosed as COVID-19, leading to fewer flu cases being recorded

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 22 Oct 2020

VERDICT

The flu shot is an effective measure to protect people from flu, and enhances protection when used with face masks

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“Seriously if the ‘mask’ protects me and you from [COVID-19] and we've been walking around in them for months, why would anyone need a flu shot right now?”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 05 Oct 2020

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COVID-19 is at least an order of magnitude more deadly than seasonal flu, according to current estimates

CLAIM
“COVID-19 [is] less deadly than [seasonal] flu”

SOURCE: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Facebook

Published: 01 Oct 2020

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Tuberculosis, the flu, and COVID-19 differ in disease prevalence and burden, requiring different public health responses

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“Why don’t we wear masks for [tuberculosis]? Because CNN hasn’t instructed you to.”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 21 Sep 2020

VERDICT

Listicle of “facts” about COVID-19 contains numerous inaccurate and misleading claims

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“The overall lethality of [COVID-19] (IFR) is about 0.1% to 0.3% and thus in the range of a severe influenza”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Swiss Policy Research

Published: 26 Aug 2020

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Contrary to claim in viral Facebook post, the flu vaccine does work and certain types of cancers can be cured

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“Can't make a vaccine that works for influenza. No vaccine for RSV. Can't cure cancer. But they sure as shit can make a vaccine in 6 months for an illness that they STILL don't understand”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 09 Aug 2020

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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...