Reviews of articles by: Facebook users

CLAIM REVIEWS

Contrary to popular claim on social media, RNA vaccines do not alter our DNA

CLAIM
“Bill Gates explains that the COVID vaccine will use experimental technology and permanently alter your DNA”

SOURCE: Alex Pietrowski, Facebook users, Waking Times

Published: 30 Jun 2020

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People who do not show COVID-19 symptoms can and do transmit it to others; physical distancing and face masks effectively reduce the risk of transmission

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The WHO stated that asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 is “very rare”, therefore physical distancing and face masks are not necessary

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 14 Jun 2020

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Facebook posts misinterpret a study of 455 contacts of an asymptomatic COVID-19 carrier to claim that asymptomatic spread does not occur

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Asymptomatic carriers cannot spread COVID-19; COVID-19 is not contagious; masks are not needed to reduce COVID-19 transmission from asymptomatic carriers

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 28 May 2020

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The main cause of death in COVID-19 patients is respiratory insufficiency arising from viral pneumonia, not clotting disorder as claimed in viral social media posts

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"Autopsies performed by the Italian pathologists [have] shown that [COVID-19] is not pneumonia but it is disseminated intravascular coagulation"

SOURCE: Chinonyerem Emmanuella, Facebook users, GistFlash, Facebook

Published: 26 May 2020

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Contrary to claims in viral social media posts, the novel coronavirus was not man-made nor patented before outbreak

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The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 was lab-created and patented; SARS-CoV-2 is not a new virus; COVID-19 pandemic was man-made and planned

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook, Twitter

Published: 15 May 2020

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Wearing face masks does not cause hypercapnia or affect the immune system

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Wearing face masks can cause carbon dioxide toxicity; can weaken immune system

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 13 May 2020

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The number of flu cases and deaths in 2020 is comparable to previous years

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there are ZERO flu deaths and ZERO pneumonia deaths for the first time in history

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 28 Apr 2020

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Eating alkaline food cannot prevent or cure COVID-19

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The pH for the coronavirus varies from 5.5 to 8.5. What we need to do to defeat the coronavirus is to consume more alkaline foods above the virus’ pH level.

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 22 Apr 2020

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Claim that flu shot causes false positive results on COVID-19 tests is unsupported and misleading

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The flu shot causes false positive results on COVID-19 tests

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 10 Apr 2020

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Claim that flu vaccine increases coronavirus infection is unsupported, misinterprets scientific studies

CLAIM
flu vaccine increases risk of coronavirus infection

SOURCE: Benjamin Krause, Facebook users, DisabledVeterans.org, GreenMedInfo

Published: 30 Mar 2020

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