No conclusive evidence links consumption of bats with the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

CLAIM
"Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak linked to eating bats"

SOURCE: Emma Parker, Gemma Mullin, Paul Joseph Watson, Daily Star, The Sun, InfoWars

Published: 26 Jan 2020

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Contrary to claims in viral social media posts, Wuhan coronavirus was not lab-created nor was it patented years before outbreak

CLAIM
"[The coronavirus is] “new” yet it was lab-created and patented in 2015"

SOURCE: Chris Kirckof, Jordan Sather, Facebook, Twitter

Published: 24 Jan 2020

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Colloidal silver does not treat infections when taken orally and can cause side effects

CLAIM
"Colloidal silver is effective for any infection"

SOURCE: Anonymous, The Natural Health Library

Published: 23 Jan 2020

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Manuka honey possesses potent antibacterial activity, even against some antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but only via topical application, not consumption

CLAIM
"Raw manuka honey kills every bacteria scientists throw at it, including antibiotic-resistant superbugs"

SOURCE: Sara Burrows, Return to Now

Published: 18 Jan 2020

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Claim by Robert F Kennedy Jr that one “vaccine injury” occurs for every 39 vaccinations is unsupported by scientific data

CLAIM
"Vaccine Injuries Ratio: One for Every 39 Vaccines Administered"

SOURCE: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Children's Health Defense

Published: 13 Jan 2020

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Impossible Whopper contains no estrogen; will not lead to men growing breasts if eaten in moderation

CLAIM
"The Impossible Whopper has 44 mg of estrogen and the whopper has 2.5 ng of estrogen"

SOURCE: James Stanger, Tri-State Livestock News

Published: 10 Jan 2020

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Triple antibiotic cream or gel cannot prevent the flu, may also worsen antibiotic resistance due to indiscriminate use

CLAIM
"Swabbing nostrils with triple antibiotic cream or gel will prevent the flu"

SOURCE: Facebook user, Facebook

Published: 09 Jan 2020

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Claim that not all smokers develop lung discoloration ignores severe health risks linked to smoking

CLAIM
"The black lung lie: It’s the widespread belief that smokers’ lungs turn black."

SOURCE: Frank Davis, cfrankdavis.wordpress.com

Published: 31 Dec 2019

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The flu shot is safe for pregnant women, does not increase the risk of spontaneous abortion

CLAIM
"4,250% increase in fetal deaths reported to VAERS after flu shot given to pregnant women"

SOURCE: Christine England, Vactruth, Health Impact News

Published: 31 Dec 2019

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HIV drug Truvada linked to kidney damage and bone density loss, but risks are low and usually outweighed by the drug’s benefits

CLAIM
"You took Truvada to help protect against HIV, not increase your risk of kidney or bone problems."

SOURCE: Anonymous, A Case for Women

Published: 24 Dec 2019

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