Articles tagged with: SARS-CoV-2

ARTICLE REVIEWS

Potential role for T cells in COVID-19 immunity accurately reported in National Geographic article

in National Geographic, by Carrie Arnold

— 19 Aug 2020

"The article accurately discusses the recent findings about the presence/relevance of T cell response against COVID-19. Indeed, both arms of adaptive immunity, humoral and cellular..

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...

CLAIM REVIEWS

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

COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use prevent the disease and are generally safe based on rigorous clinical trials and ongoing monitoring

CLAIM
“No one can possibly know if the [COVID-19] vaccine is safe and effective because the trial is still underway; “Thousands of people who had the vaccine have died or been seriously injured by it”

SOURCE: Vernon Coleman, Charlie Ward

Published: 11 Feb 2021

VERDICT

COVID-19 vaccines currently in use stimulate immunity to the same degree as natural infection without exposing the vaccinated person to the risks associated with the disease

CLAIM
“Merck Scraps COVID Vaccines; Says It’s More Effective To Get The Virus And Recover”

SOURCE: Steve Watson, Summit News

Published: 29 Jan 2021

VERDICT

COVID-19 antigen tests are highly accurate, but incorrect use on food items such as fruits or Coca-Cola can produce false positive results

CLAIM
Simple cola produced a positive result in the COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, proving mass testing worthless

SOURCE: Michael Schnedlitz, Vaccine Impact, others

Published: 31 Dec 2020

VERDICT

COVID-19 vaccine candidates show high efficacy and a safe profile in clinical trials, contrary to claims in viral video

CLAIM
“The COVID-19 pandemic is not a real medical pandemic”; “The COVID-19 vaccine is not proven safe or effective”

SOURCE: World Doctors Alliance, BrandNewTube

Published: 10 Dec 2020

VERDICT

Non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as lockdowns and wearing face masks, are effective measures to reduce COVID-19 transmission, contrary to claims in viral video

CLAIM
Lockdowns and face masks do not work to control the COVID-19 pandemic

SOURCE: Tom Woods, Young Americans for Liberty

Published: 19 Nov 2020

VERDICT

Pfizer is part of Operation Warp Speed, a partnership to produce and distribute a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, but it developed a vaccine without direct funding from the partnership

CLAIM
Pfizer is part of Operation Warp Speed; “Thanks to the public-private partnership forged by President, [Pfizer] announced its Coronavirus Vaccine trial is EFFECTIVE, preventing infection in 90% of its volunteers”

SOURCE: David Marcus, Mike Pence, The Federalist

Published: 12 Nov 2020

VERDICT

Wearing face masks helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, but it only confers partial protection and should be combined with additional public health measures

CLAIM
“Mask mandates do nothing to stop [the spread of] COVID[-19]”; There is “overwhelming scientific evidence” that masks do not work

SOURCE: Yinon Weiss, The Federalist

Published: 11 Nov 2020

VERDICT

Claim that mouthwash could reduce the spread of COVID-19 has not yet been confirmed by clinical trials in humans

CLAIM
Some mouthwashes could help curb coronavirus

SOURCE: Nyzah McDonald and Evan Hinkley, NewsNation

Published: 02 Nov 2020

VERDICT

Masks are effective at reducing COVID-19 primary transmission through respiratory droplets; the CDC acknowledges airborne transmission via aerosols can also occur

CLAIM
“CDC says [the SARS-CoV-2] virus was never airborne, rendering masks worthless”

SOURCE: Owen Shroyer, Banned.video

Published: 25 Oct 2020

VERDICT

INSIGHTS

Could scientists use the bat coronavirus RaTG13 to engineer SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a lab?

— 19 Mar 2021

One of the biggest outstanding questions of the COVID-19 pandemic is the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for the disease. One idea, put forward by some news sites...

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...