Using face masks does not increase the risk of skin or oral infections

CLAIM
Masks are dirty and cause bacterial overgrowth, skin infections, and “mask mouth, [which is] a new medical condition caused by wearing masks all day”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 28 Sep 2020

VERDICT

COVID-19 vaccines do not modify the human genome and do not involve hydrogels; Hydrogels are not internet-connecting devices

CLAIM
Hydrogels are part of the genome-modifying COVID-19 mRNA vaccines' delivery system. Hydrogels will connect you to the internet.

SOURCE: Facebook User, Facebook

Published: 25 Sep 2020

VERDICT

The virus causing COVID-19 most likely evolved in natural wildlife populations before spreading to humans

CLAIM
“[G]enetic evidence within the Spike gene of SARS-Cov-2 genome […] does exist and suggest that the SARS-CoV-2 genome should be a product of genetic manipulation”; “The characteristics and pathogenic effects of SARS-CoV-2 are unprecedented”

SOURCE: Li-Meng Yan, Fox News

Published: 22 Sep 2020

VERDICT

Tuberculosis, the flu, and COVID-19 differ in disease prevalence and burden, requiring different public health responses

CLAIM
“Why don’t we wear masks for [tuberculosis]? Because CNN hasn’t instructed you to.”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 21 Sep 2020

VERDICT

No vaccine contains strains of both the flu and the virus that causes COVID-19; COVID-19 is not the flu

CLAIM
The U.S. CDC encourages the use of a “[COVID-19] flu shot” on children.

SOURCE: Facebook user, Facebook

Published: 20 Sep 2020

VERDICT

The number of COVID-19 cases reported is based on a highly specific diagnostic test for COVID-19; no confusion with flu or common cold is possible

CLAIM
“It's NOT a SECOND WAVE of COVID-19 coming soon. It's the NORMAL COLD / FLU SEASON”

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 18 Sep 2020

VERDICT

Cloth masks are effective at reducing virus transmission because it spreads in respiratory droplets, which are larger than smoke particles and the pores in fabric

CLAIM
Cloth masks cannot block smoke particles which are larger than viruses, so masks cannot stop virus transmission

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 15 Sep 2020

VERDICT

Misinterpreted New York Times report leads to false claim that the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is inflated by up to 90%

CLAIM
COVID-19 case numbers are inflated due to PCR test sensitivity; “90% of positive COVID-19 tests should be negative”

SOURCE: Liz Wheeler, Steve Deace, One America News Network, The Blaze

Published: 10 Sep 2020

VERDICT

Adequate immunization and improved sanitation together protect against infection from both wild and vaccine-derived poliovirus

CLAIM
“UN Forced to Admit Gates-funded Vaccine is Causing Polio Outbreak in Africa"

SOURCE: Anonymous, 21st Century Wire

Published: 10 Sep 2020

VERDICT

COVID-19 test kits were not purchased in 2017 and 2018; claim is based on mislabeled data

CLAIM
“World Bank website shows COVID-19 testing kits purchased by countries in 2017 and in 2018”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Ben Swann, 4chan, Facebook

Published: 08 Sep 2020

VERDICT