Nasopharyngeal swabs more effective than saliva samples for COVID-19 diagnostic testing according to current evidence

CLAIM
There is no need to use nasopharyngeal swabs for COVID-19 testing, mouth swabs can be used instead

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 14 Jul 2020

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People have died from the coronavirus, contrary to article claiming to report pathologist’s “revelations” on COVID-19

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“no one has died from the coronavirus”

SOURCE: Rosemary Frei, Patrick Corbett, OffGuardian

Published: 12 Jul 2020

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Nasal swab used for COVID-19 testing does not reach the brain

CLAIM
Nasal swabs used for COVID-19 tests reach the blood-brain barrier and may damage it.

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 10 Jul 2020

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The June 2020 spike in U.S. COVID-19 cases indicates a rising percentage of infections and is not simply an artifact of more testing

CLAIM
“There's a ‘spike’ in [COVID-19] cases because there's a spike in testing.”

SOURCE: Facebook User, Facebook

Published: 08 Jul 2020

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Videos use gas sensors to misleadingly claim that wearing a face mask causes oxygen deficiency

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Gas sensors show that wearing a face mask leads to oxygen deficiency and carbon dioxide toxicity

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 06 Jul 2020

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COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are mainly detected by highly specific molecular testing, not antibody testing

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Antibodies for the common cold produce a positive COVID-19 test; false-positive results from COVID-19 antibody testing are behind the COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S.

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 06 Jul 2020

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Internet memes based on hearsay claim that hospital laboratories falsify COVID-19 tests to inflate numbers without evidence

CLAIM
Hospital laboratories falsify positive COVID-19 results

SOURCE: Anonymous, Facebook

Published: 04 Jul 2020

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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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No scientific evidence indicates that cannabis can prevent or cure COVID-19 in patients

CLAIM
“Cannabis is more effective at preventing and treating COVID-19 than hydroxychloroquine”

SOURCE: Tristan Greene, The Next Web

Published: 30 Jun 2020

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COVID-19 is among the leading causes of death worldwide so far in 2020, but beware of incomplete graphs

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COVID-19 became a leading cause of death globally by the end of May 2020.

SOURCE: Gavin Wood, Flourish

Published: 27 Jun 2020

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