Baseless speculations underpin a retracted editorial claiming spontaneous generation of SARS-CoV-2 in skin cells exposed to 5G waves

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5G generates coronavirus in human skin cells

SOURCE: Massimo Fioranelli, Alireza Sepehri, Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents, GreenMedInfo, InfoWars

Published: 29 Jul 2020

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Sexual transmission of SARS-CoV-2 currently unconfirmed as studies produce conflicting evidence of its presence in the reproductive system

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“Coronavirus may be sexually transmitted and cause male infertility”

SOURCE: Paula Froelich, New York Post

Published: 27 Jul 2020

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A trypsin-based oral spray reportedly deactivates SARS-CoV-2 in a liquid suspension but has not yet been tested in the mouth

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New oral spray “deactivates 98% of the coronavirus” in the mouth

SOURCE: Hashem Al-Ghaili, Facebook

Published: 27 Jul 2020

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Scientific evidence supports the use of face masks for reducing the transmission of respiratory diseases including COVID-19

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Masks do nothing to prevent the spread of pathogens

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 27 Jul 2020

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Primary COVID-19 transmission is by close contact with infected people; nasopharyngeal swab-based testing provides the highest diagnostic accuracy

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“Ever wonder why they have to stick a Q-tip through your nose to the back of your head to swab a sample of covid but a droplet of saliva will infect a whole village at one time”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 23 Jul 2020

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A proportion of COVID-19 survivors are likely to suffer from long-term health problems, but the actual risks are still unknown

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“For every one person who dies: 19 more require hospitalization; 18 of those will have permanent heart damage for the rest of their lives”

SOURCE: Franklin Veaux, Quora

Published: 22 Jul 2020

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Infant deaths did not decrease during the pandemic due to a reduced use of vaccines; vaccines are not associated with sudden infant death syndrome

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Vaccines are a cause of sudden infant death death syndrome; infant deaths decreased dramatically during the lockdown, when the number of vaccines administered was reduced

SOURCE: Mark Blaxill, Amy Becker, Health Choice, Children’s Health Defense

Published: 17 Jul 2020

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Despite a decline in COVID-19 deaths from a peak in Spring 2020, the number of deaths in July 2020 may not be as low as preliminary data suggest

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Deaths from COVID-19 are nearing zero in the U.S.

SOURCE: Facebook user, Facebook

Published: 16 Jul 2020

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Nasopharyngeal swabs more effective than saliva samples for COVID-19 diagnostic testing according to current evidence

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There is no need to use nasopharyngeal swabs for COVID-19 testing, mouth swabs can be used instead

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 14 Jul 2020

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People have died from the coronavirus, contrary to article claiming to report pathologist’s “revelations” on COVID-19

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“no one has died from the coronavirus”

SOURCE: Rosemary Frei, Patrick Corbett, OffGuardian

Published: 12 Jul 2020

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