No vaccine contains strains of both the flu and the virus that causes COVID-19; COVID-19 is not the flu

CLAIM
The U.S. CDC encourages the use of a “[COVID-19] flu shot” on children.

SOURCE: Facebook user, Facebook

Published: 20 Sep 2020

VERDICT

The number of COVID-19 cases reported is based on a highly specific diagnostic test for COVID-19; no confusion with flu or common cold is possible

CLAIM
“It's NOT a SECOND WAVE of COVID-19 coming soon. It's the NORMAL COLD / FLU SEASON”

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 18 Sep 2020

VERDICT

Cloth masks are effective at reducing virus transmission because it spreads in respiratory droplets, which are larger than smoke particles and the pores in fabric

CLAIM
Cloth masks cannot block smoke particles which are larger than viruses, so masks cannot stop virus transmission

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 15 Sep 2020

VERDICT

Misinterpreted New York Times report leads to false claim that the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is inflated by up to 90%

CLAIM
COVID-19 case numbers are inflated due to PCR test sensitivity; “90% of positive COVID-19 tests should be negative”

SOURCE: Liz Wheeler, Steve Deace, One America News Network, The Blaze

Published: 10 Sep 2020

VERDICT

Adequate immunization and improved sanitation together protect against infection from both wild and vaccine-derived poliovirus

CLAIM
“UN Forced to Admit Gates-funded Vaccine is Causing Polio Outbreak in Africa"

SOURCE: Anonymous, 21st Century Wire

Published: 10 Sep 2020

VERDICT

COVID-19 test kits were not purchased in 2017 and 2018; claim is based on mislabeled data

CLAIM
“World Bank website shows COVID-19 testing kits purchased by countries in 2017 and in 2018”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Ben Swann, 4chan, Facebook

Published: 08 Sep 2020

VERDICT

Masks offer only partial protection from the virus that causes COVID-19, but their effectiveness can be enhanced with other measures like physical distancing

CLAIM
“Either masks work or they don’t”; “I don’t understand the safety concern with voting in person. Your mask works, right?”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 04 Sep 2020

VERDICT

A person’s response to vaccination is not associated with birthmarks or the presence of mutations in a gene involved with vitamin B9 production

CLAIM
Birthmarks are indicators of the MTHFR gene; “When people have MTHFR their chances of vaccine reactions increase because they cannot detox the toxins from the vaccines”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 03 Sep 2020

VERDICT

False claim shared by President Trump that only 6% of CDC-reported deaths are from COVID-19 is based on flawed reasoning

CLAIM
only 6% of all the 153,504 deaths recorded actually died from Covid, the rest had other serious illnesses

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 31 Aug 2020

VERDICT

Human DNA does not produce a positive result on the RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2

CLAIM
“WHO coronavirus PCR test primer sequence is found in all human DNA”; “this means that the WHO test kits should find a positive result in all humans”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Piece of Mindful

Published: 31 Aug 2020

VERDICT