Brussels halted 5G rollout in 2019 to study its radiation emissions, not because any negative health effects had been demonstrated

CLAIM
“Brussels is halting their 5G plans due to the negative health effects”; “Evidence ... overwhelmingly suggest[s] that, yes, 5G does pose a major threat.”

SOURCE: Anonymous, worldhealth.net

Published: 11 Jun 2020

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German Ministry employee makes unsupported claim that COVID-19 pandemic is a global false alarm in widely circulated yet unsolicited opinion article

CLAIM
German government leaked document declares COVID-19 is “a global false alarm”

SOURCE: Baxter Dmitry, NewsPunch

Published: 10 Jun 2020

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Article inaccurately claims that coronavirus vaccine by Oxford researchers caused animal test subjects to develop COVID-19

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"Bill Gates’ shoddily-hastened vaccine has been determined to make all animal test subjects get COVID-19 when exposed to the virus"

SOURCE: Anonymous, Montana Daily Gazette

Published: 08 Jun 2020

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Significant methodological flaws in a 2020 study claiming to show unvaccinated children are healthier

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Vaccinated children are more likely to have adverse health outcomes like developmental delays, asthma, and ear infections compared to unvaccinated children.

SOURCE: Brian Hooker, Neil Miller, Children’s Health Defense

Published: 04 Jun 2020

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Facebook posts spread unsupported anonymous claim that face mask use caused a lung infection in a healthy teenager

CLAIM
Wearing a face mask caused a 19-year-old grocery store worker to be hospitalized for a lung infection, due to breathing in her own carbon dioxide and bacteria.

SOURCE: Anonymous, Facebook

Published: 01 Jun 2020

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The spread of COVID-19 is not related in any way to the deployment of 5G

CLAIM
“5G plays a part in this ‘plandemic’” ... The cases of COVID-19 are “directly related to electromagnetic radiation exposure by 5G”

SOURCE: Dee McLachlan, Gumshoe News

Published: 29 May 2020

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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

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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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