People who received the COVID-19 vaccine aren’t more likely to develop facial paralysis than people who didn’t receive the vaccine

CLAIM
“13 Israelis suffer FACIAL PARALYSIS after taking Pfizer Covid jab”

SOURCE: Anonymous, RT (Russia Today)

Published: 19 Jan 2021

VERDICT

VAERS reports of adverse events in people who received COVID-19 vaccines don’t demonstrate that these events were caused by the vaccines; evidence does not indicate COVID-19 vaccines caused Bell’s palsy and deaths

CLAIM
“Thousands of COVID Vaccine Injuries and 13 U.S. Deaths Reported in December Alone”; “In December, 3,916 COVID vaccine-related adverse events, including 13 deaths, were reported to VAERS”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Children's Health Defense

Published: 19 Jan 2021

VERDICT

Lower flu activity this season likely due to COVID-19 restrictions, increased flu vaccination, and other factors, not to misdiagnosis of flu cases as COVID-19

CLAIM
"There is no evidence to support the contention that masks would stop influenza while failing to stop COVID”; “Influenza has been renamed COVID-19 in large part”

SOURCE: Daniel Payne, Just the News

Published: 17 Jan 2021

VERDICT

Strong evidence lacking to support claim that ivermectin is a cure for COVID-19; there are only limited clinical results at this stage

CLAIM
Ivermectin “is a safe and widely available treatment for coronavirus”; it would “work like a vaccine”

SOURCE: Pearson Sharp, One America News Network

Published: 16 Jan 2021

VERDICT

Vaccines protect people from diseases, but don’t always prevent disease transmission; research ongoing to determine if COVID-19 vaccines stop transmission

CLAIM
The COVID-19 RNA vaccine “is not a vaccine”; a vaccine has to disrupt transmission by CDC and FDA standards; the vaccine “activate[s] the cell to become a pathogen-manufacturing site”

SOURCE: David Martin, New Earth Project

Published: 12 Jan 2021

VERDICT

COVID-19 vaccine did not cause the death of a Portuguese woman, contrary to social media posts’ suggestions

CLAIM
“Portuguese nurse dies two days after getting the Pfizer Covid vaccine”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Wion

Published: 08 Jan 2021

VERDICT

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

VERDICT

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

VERDICT

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

VERDICT