COVID-19 is at least an order of magnitude more deadly than seasonal flu, according to current estimates

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“COVID-19 [is] less deadly than [seasonal] flu”

SOURCE: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Facebook

Published: 01 Oct 2020

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The total number of COVID-19 deaths thus far exceeds the number of abortions over two days worldwide

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“More babies will die by abortion in two days than all the coronavirus deaths thus far”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 30 Sep 2020

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COVID-19 has caused many deaths due to high virus transmission, despite its relatively small infection fatality ratio

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COVID-19 mortality rates are very low, therefore COVID-19 is not an important public health concern; if you are 70+ years old, you have a 0.054% chance of dying from COVID-19

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook, Fox News

Published: 29 Sep 2020

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Using face masks does not increase the risk of skin or oral infections

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Masks are dirty and cause bacterial overgrowth, skin infections, and “mask mouth, [which is] a new medical condition caused by wearing masks all day”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 28 Sep 2020

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COVID-19 vaccines do not modify the human genome and do not involve hydrogels; hydrogels are not internet-connecting devices

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Hydrogels are part of the genome-modifying COVID-19 mRNA vaccines' delivery system; hydrogels will connect you to the internet

SOURCE: Facebook User, Facebook

Published: 25 Sep 2020

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The virus causing COVID-19 most likely evolved in natural wildlife populations before spreading to humans

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“[G]enetic evidence within the Spike gene of SARS-Cov-2 genome […] does exist and suggest that the SARS-CoV-2 genome should be a product of genetic manipulation”; “The characteristics and pathogenic effects of SARS-CoV-2 are unprecedented”

SOURCE: Li-Meng Yan, Zenodo

Published: 22 Sep 2020

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Tuberculosis, the flu, and COVID-19 differ in disease prevalence and burden, requiring different public health responses

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“Why don’t we wear masks for [tuberculosis]? Because CNN hasn’t instructed you to.”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 21 Sep 2020

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

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

SOURCE: Facebook user, Facebook

Published: 20 Sep 2020

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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