Overwhelming scientific evidence shows that smoking causes lung cancer, instead of protecting against it

CLAIM
Smoking may protect lungs from cancer

SOURCE: Grayson Black, NewsPunch

Published: 12 Feb 2020

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2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) does not contain “pShuttle-SN” sequence; no evidence that virus is man-made

CLAIM
2019 novel coronavirus contains "pShuttle-SN" sequence proving laboratory origin

SOURCE: Alex Jones, Mike Adams, InfoWars, Natural News

Published: 10 Feb 2020

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No causal association between the DTaP vaccine and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

CLAIM
The DTaP vaccine causes SIDS

SOURCE: Dawn Lorenz, Raising Natural Children

Published: 07 Feb 2020

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No, “HIV insertions” were not identified in the 2019 coronavirus, contrary to claims based on questionable bioinformatics study

CLAIM
Coronavirus contains 'HIV insertions'

SOURCE: Anonymous, Zero Hedge, InfoWars

Published: 04 Feb 2020

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The 2019 coronavirus outbreak is caused by a novel virus, past mentions of coronaviruses refer to different strains

CLAIM
coronavirus is not a new virus

SOURCE: Anonymous, Facebook

Published: 04 Feb 2020

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“15% fatality rate” from coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection was based only on initial cases; infection fatality rate likely less than 3%

CLAIM
Coronavirus hits 15% fatality rate

SOURCE: Mike Adams, Natural News

Published: 03 Feb 2020

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No, an “FDA study” did not find that vaccines contain cancer-causing viruses

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The FDA study looked at vaccines that are made from living cells [...] oftentimes contaminated with hidden viral fragments which have the potential to cause cancer.

SOURCE: Aaron Kesel, Activist Post, Principia Scientific

Published: 31 Jan 2020

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No increased risk of autism observed in African-American boys associated with MMR vaccine; claim based on erroneous study retracted in 2014

CLAIM
The CDC found a 236% increased risk of autism in African-American boys associated with the MMR vaccine

SOURCE: Brian Hooker, Facebook

Published: 27 Jan 2020

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No conclusive evidence links consumption of bats with the 2019 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, 2019 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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