Evidence shows that lockdowns implemented to tackle the spread of COVID-19 have saved lives, contrary to claims in the New York Post

CLAIM
“COVID lockdowns don’t appear to have saved lives”; “ample scientific evidence points to the fact that lockdowns did not save lives”

SOURCE: Eileen AJ Connelly, Ryan Fazio, New York Post

Published: 10 May 2021

VERDICT

Deaths are attributed to COVID-19 according to clinical symptoms and diagnosis; deaths that occur after vaccination are systematically reported and investigated

CLAIM
“If you die within 20 days of testing positive for [COVID-19][...], you’ll be counted as a COVID death.”; vaccines are systematically dismissed as a possible cause of death.

SOURCE: Instagram Users, Instagram

Published: 10 May 2021

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A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine for children would protect children and at-risk people by reducing the virus’ spread

CLAIM
Survival is over 99.9% so "why are they insisting that children get this experimental treatment?"; "mRNA vaccines are not vaccines but an mRNA treatment"

SOURCE: Wendy Bell, Wendy Bell Radio

Published: 10 May 2021

VERDICT

Scientific evidence demonstrates that COVID-19 and the virus that causes it exist and are different from the flu

CLAIM
“We found no COVID-19 in any of the 1,500 [COVID-19-positive] samples” but influenza A and B; “what we're dealing with is just another flu strain like every year. COVID 19 does not exist and is fictitious”

SOURCE: Instagram users, Instagram

Published: 06 May 2021

VERDICT

The benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine outweigh its risks; there is no increased mortality rate among vaccinated people relative to unvaccinated people

CLAIM
COVID-19 vaccines killed people; COVID-19 has a “99.97% survival rate”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Earthley

Published: 06 May 2021

VERDICT

There is no evidence that eating cucumbers reduces the risk of cancer; cucumbers contain cucurbitacin B, which could be a candidate for developing new anti-cancer drugs

CLAIM
“Cucumber kills lung cancer cells”; “cucurbitacin B suppressed growth of human lung cancer cells by 90%, reduced their ability to invade surrounding tissues by 75% and reduced migration ability by 88%”

SOURCE: Ethan Evers , The Eden Prescription

Published: 04 May 2021

VERDICT

Vaccines do provide immunity and can be used to achieve herd immunity

CLAIM
Vaccines don’t promise immunity and therefore “vaccine herd immunity doesn’t exist”.

SOURCE: Laura Elizabeth, Instagram

Published: 01 May 2021

VERDICT

Insufficient evidence to claim COVID-19 vaccines cause menstrual irregularities in vaccinated women; vaccinated people aren’t making unvaccinated people ill

CLAIM
COVID-19 vaccines cause menstrual problems in women; vaccinated people are causing health problems in unvaccinated people around them

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Published: 30 Apr 2021

VERDICT

Flawed speculative study incorrectly claims that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines cause neurodegenerative diseases

CLAIM
“Pfizer [COVID-19] vaccine confirmed to cause neurodegenerative diseases”; “mRNA vaccines […] can integrate into the human genome”

SOURCE: Nathaniel Linderman, National File

Published: 29 Apr 2021

VERDICT

COVID-19 vaccines don’t cause herpes infections; a possible association with the reactivation of herpes zoster in patients with rheumatic diseases remains unconfirmed

CLAIM
“Herpes infections may be a side effect of a COVID-19 vaccine”

SOURCE: Jackie Salo, Instagram/Facebook users, New York Post, Instagram/Facebook

Published: 26 Apr 2021

VERDICT