Reviews of articles by: Social media users

CLAIM REVIEWS

Testing in general reveals infections, it doesn’t create them; COVID-19 isn’t the same as the common cold

CLAIM
“If you stop testing it all goes away and people just have colds like before”

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Published: 07 Jan 2022

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Clip of Anthony Fauci discussing potential vaccine safety concerns is from March 2020; current scientific evidence shows COVID-19 vaccines reduce risk of infection and serious illness

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“Dr. Fauci opens up the possibility that the COVID-19 vaccine could be making people more likely to be infected by the virus”, “a vaccine that looked good in initial safety actually made people worse”

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, LinkedIn

Published: 15 Dec 2021

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Inaccurate clickbait headline in Forbes article used to promote the false claim that COVID-19 vaccines change our DNA

CLAIM
Forbes article is evidence that COVID-19 vaccines change our DNA

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Instagram

Published: 02 Dec 2021

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Tromethamine in the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children acts to improve the stability of the vaccine; it isn’t in the vaccine as a heart medication

CLAIM
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children contains tromethamine, “a heart attack medication” with “a lot of potentially serious side effects”

SOURCE: Social media users, TikTok, Facebook, Instagram

Published: 12 Nov 2021

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No evidence suggests that Pfizer’s smoking cessation medication Chantix increases the risk of cancer; recall of this product is irrelevant to the safety of COVID-19 vaccines

CLAIM
It “took 15 years to uncover” Chantix’s carcinogenic effects; there are reasons for being “skeptical of something that hasn’t even been established/approved for a full 12 months”

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Published: 05 Nov 2021

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EUA withdrawal for CDC COVID-19 PCR test is due to the development of newer tests that help save time and resources, not because the test is faulty

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COVID-19 PCR test is inaccurate, will no longer be used; COVID-19 PCR test cannot differentiate between flu and COVID-19

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Published: 26 Jul 2021

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Fauci’s emails don’t support viral claims on masks, hydroxychloroquine and virus engineering

CLAIM
Fauci’s emails prove he knew that masks don’t work against the spread of COVID-19, that hydroxychloroquine is effective against COVID-19, and that the virus is likely engineered, and he lied about these things to the public

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter

Published: 10 Jun 2021

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Insufficient evidence to claim COVID-19 vaccines cause menstrual irregularities in vaccinated women; vaccinated people aren’t making unvaccinated people ill

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COVID-19 vaccines cause menstrual problems in women; vaccinated people are causing health problems in unvaccinated people around them

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Published: 30 Apr 2021

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