Heart attack victims shouldn’t use “cough CPR” on themselves, contrary to chain email dating back to 1999

CLAIM
Heart attack “victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 30 Mar 2021

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Going vegan may lead to fewer pandemics, but it won’t eliminate them completely

CLAIM
“In a vegan world there would be no pandemics. 100% of pandemics are zoonotic in origin.”

SOURCE: Richard Melville Hall (aka Moby), Facebook

Published: 26 Mar 2021

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Clinical trials showed that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is safe; its side effects are mostly mild

CLAIM
"80% of people taking the Moderna vaccine had significant side effects"; "children in Sudan got polio from the polio vaccine"

SOURCE: Joe Rogan, The Joe Rogan Experience

Published: 26 Mar 2021

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Bill Gates quoted out of context about injecting kids with genetically modified organisms in discussion on GM crops

CLAIM
Bill Gates stated that "We’re taking things that are genetically modified organisms, and we’re injecting them into little kids’ arms; we just shoot them right into the vein"

SOURCE: Anonymous, YouTube

Published: 26 Mar 2021

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Both viruses and bacteria cause disease; pathogenic viruses aren’t naturally created in the body as a response to damage

CLAIM
“You don’t catch viruses, you naturally create them inside of your body”; “bacteria and viruses don’t cause disease.”

SOURCE: Melissa Sell, Facebook

Published: 24 Mar 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines are critical for controlling the pandemic; vaccines still offer partial protection against new variants of the virus

CLAIM
COVID-19 mass vaccination will select for more virulent variants of the virus that causes COVID-19, which will escape vaccine-induced immunity and cause more severe disease

SOURCE: Geert Vanden Bossche, Children’s Health Defense, The HighWire

Published: 23 Mar 2021

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Jamaica already recorded tens of thousands of COVID-19 cases as of March 2021, contrary to viral meme suggesting that smoking cannabis prevents infections

CLAIM
“Jamaica has not recorded any cases of the coronavirus”

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 23 Mar 2021

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Tinnitus isn’t a sign of brain death, even though it arises in the brain; no cure for tinnitus currently exists

CLAIM
"Tinnitus is your first real warning signal that your brain could be dying!"

SOURCE: Anonymous, Tinnitus Battle

Published: 23 Mar 2021

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Messenger RNA is essential for life and a normal component of cells; study by researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering is unrelated to RNA vaccines

CLAIM
“Scientists at Sloan Kettering discover mRNA inactivates tumor-suppressing proteins, meaning it can promote cancer”

SOURCE: S.D. Wells, Natural News

Published: 23 Mar 2021

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Ivermectin isn’t a highly effective drug for treating COVID-19

CLAIM
Ivermectin reduces the risk of death from COVID-19

SOURCE: Tess Lawrie, YouTube

Published: 22 Mar 2021

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