No evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause “fibrous lung clots”, contrary to claim by Jane Ruby

A rare medical condition called plastic bronchitis can result in the formation of gelatinous masses in the airways. These masses, called bronchial casts, can replicate the shape of the airways in the lungs. Plastic bronchitis, which was identified in the 1800s, can be due to several causes, including infection or leaking of lymphatic fluid into the lungs. This condition was already identified in the 1800s and there isn’t scientific evidence that shows COVID-19 vaccines cause plastic bronchitis.

There is no evidence of U.S.-funded bioweapon labs in Ukraine; claims to the contrary misrepresent the U.S. Cooperative Threat Reduction Program

Ukraine signed an agreement with the U.S. in 2005 to join the U.S. Department of Defense’s Biological Threat Reduction Program. The aim of this collaborative program is to “improve [partner countries’] capacity to detect, diagnose, and respond to the presence of dangerous pathogens and other threats”. These labs aren’t funded by the U.S., but are owned and funded by partner countries. There is no evidence supporting the pro-Kremlin claim that these laboratories produce biological weapons. On the contrary, the goal of these laboratories is to reduce and counter biological threats.

Article by OffGuardian, ZeroHedge claiming to list 30 facts about COVID-19 contains multiple inaccurate and misleading statements

The COVID-19 mortality rate greatly depends on age and the presence of comorbidities. Multiple countries have observed excess mortality related to COVID-19, and healthcare systems also experienced significant strain during the pandemic. Measures such as lockdowns and mask-wearing are effective at reducing the spread of COVID-19. PCR and other tests are highly valuable tools for detecting infections and determining what public health measures should be implemented to minimize the impact of the pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccines don’t increase the incidence of poor outcomes during pregnancy, according to current safety data on COVID-19 vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration showed a high level of safety and efficacy in clinical trials. However, these trials excluded pregnant women. For this reason, data from clinical trials regarding the vaccines’ safety and efficacy in pregnant women is limited. However, current safety monitoring of pregnant women who received the vaccine hasn’t shown an increased incidence of pregnancy-related adverse events compared to unvaccinated pregnant women. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that “People who are pregnant and part of a group recommended to receive COVID-19 vaccine, such as healthcare personnel, may choose to be vaccinated”.

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

Current epidemiological data indicates that COVID-19 primarily spreads through respiratory droplets that are released when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or talks. Growing evidence suggests that smaller aerosol particles may also play a role in the transmission of COVID-19. Wearing face masks and cloth face coverings are effective measures for reducing the spread of COVID-19 because they reduce the transmission of large respiratory droplets. In contrast, some aerosol particles may leak through the fabric pores and around the mask. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection, wearing face masks must be combined with other transmission control measures, such as physical distancing, good hand hygiene, and avoiding crowded and poorly ventilated spaces.

Altered image falsely suggests that restaurant staff in Maine are required to wear dog cone-style face visors to protect against COVID-19

Restaurant staff in Maine are not required to wear dog cone-style visors as part of COVID-19 precautionary measures. The updated prevention checklists issued by Maine Governor Janet Mills’ administration only require staff who have opted to use face shields instead of face masks to wear them upside down. A photo of a restaurant staff member appearing to wear a dog cone-style face visor at work is altered.

Baseless speculations underpin a retracted editorial claiming spontaneous generation of SARS-CoV-2 in skin cells exposed to 5G waves

The proposed mechanism of action described in the claim that 5G millimeter waves can generate SARS-CoV-2 in human cells violates fundamental principles of biology. Scientific evidence does not support a causal relationship between 5G and COVID-19. Many of the regions with the highest COVID-19 infection rates, such as Brazil, do not have 5G coverage, providing further evidence that 5G is not associated with the pandemic.

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

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 reports pointed to the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, China, as the source of infection, however later studies called this into question. Given the uncertainty, many have suggested that … Continued

Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier inaccurately claims that the novel coronavirus is man-made and contains genetic material from HIV

Genomic analyses of the novel coronavirus shows that it has a natural origin and was not engineered. The claim that the virus has genetic material from HIV is based on a preprint with significant flaws in study design and execution that was later withdrawn by the authors. As it turned out, the so-called “HIV insertions” identified by the authors could also be found in many other organisms apart from HIV, refuting the claim that genetic material from HIV was inserted into the novel coronavirus.

Scientific evidence indicates virus that causes COVID-19 infection is of natural origin, not the result of human engineering

Multiple published scientific studies, based on genomic and phylogenetic analyses, show that the virus that causes COVID-19 has the strongest genetic similarity to coronaviruses isolated from bats living in the wild, pointing to its natural origin in wildlife. No evidence supports the claim that the COVID-19 outbreak is the result of a bioweapons leak from a Chinese laboratory.