Contrary to claims in viral social media posts, the novel coronavirus was not man-made nor patented before outbreak

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The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 was lab-created and patented; SARS-CoV-2 is not a new virus; COVID-19 pandemic was man-made and planned

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook, Twitter

Published: 15 May 2020

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Vaccines do not cause mercury toxicity or autism, contrary to claim in London Real video

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"Autism is nothing more than mercury toxicity"; vaccine ingredients are toxic

SOURCE: Rashid Buttar, London Real

Published: 15 May 2020

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Wearing face masks does not cause hypercapnia or affect the immune system

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Wearing face masks can cause carbon dioxide toxicity; can weaken immune system

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 13 May 2020

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Current evidence suggests that COVID-19 may have a higher fatality rate than the flu, but a definitive conclusion requires more studies

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Antibody tests support what’s been obvious: Covid-19 is much more lethal than the flu

SOURCE: Joel Achenbach, Washington Post

Published: 12 May 2020

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Blog posts inaccurately claim that a 2005 NIH study demonstrated the effectiveness of chloroquine treatment against coronavirus infection such as COVID-19

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the NIH researched chloroquine and concluded that it was effective at stopping the SARS coronavirus in its tracks

SOURCE: Bryan Fischer, OneNewsNow

Published: 08 May 2020

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Bakersfield physicians underestimate COVID-19 mortality using flawed statistics; wrongly claim sheltering in place causes weak immune system

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You have a 0.03[%] chance of dying from [COVID-19] in the state of California. [...] it’s similar to the flu.

SOURCE: Daniel Erickson, Artin Massihi, Youtube, Facebook

Published: 04 May 2020

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Claim that hydroxychloroquine-azithromycin improves COVID-19 recovery is unsupported at this stage

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By administering hydroxychloroquine combined with azithromycin, they were able to observe an improvement in all cases, except in one patient

SOURCE: Anonymous, Tech Startups

Published: 01 May 2020

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Little to no evidence that smoking protects against COVID-19; may increase risk of complications instead

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smoking may protect against COVID-19

SOURCE: Christopher Snowdon, Spiked

Published: 29 Apr 2020

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The number of flu cases and deaths in 2020 is comparable to previous years

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there are ZERO flu deaths and ZERO pneumonia deaths for the first time in history

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 28 Apr 2020

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Volunteer for U.K. COVID-19 vaccine trial Elisa Granato is alive, contrary to claim in viral article

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Elisa Granato, the first volunteer who availed herself in Oxford for a jab in the first Europe human trial of a vaccine to protect against the coronavirus pandemic has died.

SOURCE: James Alami, News NT

Published: 27 Apr 2020

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