The CDC reports more than 2.9 million deaths in the U.S. in 2020; there were at least 377,000 more deaths in 2020 compared to previous years

CLAIM
the number of deaths in America in 2020 was not greater than that in 2019

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook, Twitter

Published: 07 Jan 2021

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German study did not find wearing face masks harms children; study wasn’t designed to accurately test these effects

CLAIM
"A German study involving over 25,000 children reveals that major negative impacts on the physical, psychological, and behavioral health of children may be far more widespread than reported”

SOURCE: Anonymous, GreenMedInfo

Published: 06 Jan 2021

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Nashville bomber died in the explosion, not from COVID-19

CLAIM
“Nashville bomber died from COVID-19”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 05 Jan 2021

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Asymptomatic and presymptomatic people can spread COVID-19

CLAIM
asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 never occurs

SOURCE: Jeffrey A. Tucker, American Institute for Economic Research, The Last Refuge

Published: 04 Jan 2021

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The virus that causes COVID-19 exists and was identified and isolated multiple times by independent research groups

CLAIM
“The COVID-19 virus does not exist”; “The virus has never been isolated”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 01 Jan 2021

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COVID-19 antigen tests are highly accurate, but incorrect use on food items such as fruits or Coca-Cola can produce false positive results

CLAIM
Simple cola produced a positive result in the COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, proving mass testing worthless

SOURCE: Michael Schnedlitz, Vaccine Impact, others

Published: 31 Dec 2020

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PragerU video contains misleading claims about COVID-19 deaths, falsely claims 94% of COVID-19 deaths had pre-existing conditions

CLAIM
“only 6% of COVID-19 deaths were caused by COVID-19 alone”; only 0.056% of the U.S. population has died from COVID-19

SOURCE: Will Witt, PragerU

Published: 24 Dec 2020

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The American Medical Association does not reject nor support hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, nor did it change its position on the use matter

CLAIM
The AMA “reversed course”, now “giving the green light to doctors prescribing HCQ to their COVID patients.”

SOURCE: Brian C. Joondeph, American Thinker

Published: 22 Dec 2020

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Nurse who fainted after getting Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has a history of fainting episodes; does not mean the vaccine is unsafe

CLAIM
Nurse faints after getting a COVID-19 vaccine

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 21 Dec 2020

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The U.S. National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act does not stop people from suing vaccine manufacturers

CLAIM
“According to the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, you cannot sue a vaccine manufacturer if the vaccine has harmed and/or killed someone”

SOURCE: Rizza Islam, America’s Frontline Doctors, Instagram

Published: 19 Dec 2020

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