Facebook posts misinterpret a study of 455 contacts of an asymptomatic COVID-19 carrier to claim that asymptomatic spread does not occur

CLAIM
Asymptomatic carriers cannot spread COVID-19; COVID-19 is not contagious; masks are not needed to reduce COVID-19 transmission from asymptomatic carriers

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 28 May 2020

VERDICT

Hand-held UV lights sold online to kill microbes are effective only in specific conditions and can be unsafe when used improperly

CLAIM
UV-C lamps “kill 99.99% of all bacteria, viruses, and mold” on “any surface you want to disinfect” ... “in ten seconds”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Super Charged UV-c

Published: 28 May 2020

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To date, no therapy has been proven effective for preventing or treating COVID-19, contrary to claim by Dolores Cahill

CLAIM
There is no need for social distancing because we have a treatment for COVID-19

SOURCE: Dolores Cahill, The HighWire

Published: 28 May 2020

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The main cause of death in COVID-19 patients is respiratory insufficiency arising from viral pneumonia, not clotting disorder as claimed in viral social media posts

CLAIM
"Autopsies performed by the Italian pathologists [have] shown that [COVID-19] is not pneumonia but it is disseminated intravascular coagulation"

SOURCE: Chinonyerem Emmanuella, Facebook users, GistFlash, Facebook

Published: 26 May 2020

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Mortality in the U.S. noticeably increased during the first months of 2020 compared to previous years

CLAIM
The U.S. is not losing “tons more lives in 2020” compared to 2019 (18,433) ... the increase is virtually non-existent

SOURCE: Candace Owens, Joe Hoft, Facebook, Gateway Pundit

Published: 22 May 2020

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Claim that the Amish are healthier because they opt out of all vaccines is incorrect

CLAIM
“The unvaccinated Amish rarely get cancer, autism, or heart disease.”

SOURCE: Mark Sloan, EndAllDisease

Published: 20 May 2020

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The first SARS-CoV-2 infections in humans occurred during fall 2019, but not enough evidence exists to confirm a global spread before early 2020

CLAIM
“Coronavirus quickly spread around the world as early as October 2019”

SOURCE: Hashem Al-Ghaili, Facebook

Published: 19 May 2020

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No evidence that using a face mask helps coronavirus enter the brain, contrary to claim by Russell Blaylock

CLAIM
"New evidence shows wearing face mask can help coronavirus enter the brain and pose more health risk, warn expert"

SOURCE: Russell Blaylock, Anonymous, The Science Times, Technocracy

Published: 19 May 2020

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

CLAIM
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

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

SOURCE: Rashid Buttar, London Real

Published: 15 May 2020

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