Reviews of articles by: Facebook users

CLAIM REVIEWS

The CDC reports more than 2.9 million deaths in the U.S. in 2020; there were at least 377,000 more deaths in 2020 compared to previous years

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the number of deaths in America in 2020 was not greater than that in 2019

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook, Twitter

Published: 07 Jan 2021

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Nashville bomber died in the explosion, not from COVID-19

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“Nashville bomber died from COVID-19”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 05 Jan 2021

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The virus that causes COVID-19 exists and was identified and isolated multiple times by independent research groups

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“The COVID-19 virus does not exist”; “The virus has never been isolated”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 01 Jan 2021

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Nurse who fainted after getting Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has a history of fainting episodes; does not mean the vaccine is unsafe

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Nurse faints after getting a COVID-19 vaccine

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 21 Dec 2020

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The COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech is comprised of ingredients standard in many vaccines, including mRNA, lipids, sucrose, and salts

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The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine contains mRNA encoding the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, lipids, sucrose, and salts.

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 14 Dec 2020

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Dozens of clinical trials ongoing to investigate whether vitamin D prevents COVID-19; no firm evidence yet

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“Vitamin D insufficiency [...] may account for the majority of COVID-19 deaths”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 04 Dec 2020

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COVID-19 vaccine candidates are rigorously tested for safety during clinical trials, unlike thalidomide; misleading to equate the two

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“Thalidomide was a rapid approved drug introduced in 1957 to counteract nausea and insomnia in pregnant women. It was [...] withdrawn in 1962 due to malformations in newborns [...] Be very careful with what’s coming.”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook, Twitter

Published: 04 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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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

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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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