Flawed speculative study incorrectly claims that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines cause neurodegenerative diseases

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“Pfizer [COVID-19] vaccine confirmed to cause neurodegenerative diseases”; “mRNA vaccines […] can integrate into the human genome”

SOURCE: Nathaniel Linderman, National File

Published: 29 Apr 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines don’t cause herpes infections; a possible association with the reactivation of herpes zoster in patients with rheumatic diseases remains unconfirmed

CLAIM
“Herpes infections may be a side effect of a COVID-19 vaccine”

SOURCE: Jackie Salo, Instagram/Facebook users, New York Post, Instagram/Facebook

Published: 26 Apr 2021

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Current data from clinical trials offer no reliable evidence that ivermectin is effective against COVID-19; better-quality clinical trials are needed to resolve this question

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“Ivermectin is the only thing we have that treats COVID at all stages […] Ivermectin substantially reduces deaths from COVID and prevents infections”; 50 studies “show ivermectin is not just effective, but highly effective”

SOURCE: Craig Kelly, Tess Lawrie, Sky News

Published: 25 Apr 2021

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Using face masks reduces the transmission of COVID-19 and doesn’t lead to oxygen deficiency or carbon dioxide buildup in the blood

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“Both medical and non-medical face masks are ineffective to reduce transmission and infectivity of COVID-19”; “long-term consequences of wearing face masks on health are detrimental [including hypoxemia and hypercapnia]”

SOURCE: JD Rucker, Baruch Vainshelboim, American Conservative Movement

Published: 23 Apr 2021

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DARPA developed a hydrogel sensor which monitors blood for infections at early stages, not a microchip for COVID-19 identification or location tracker

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“Pentagon develops microchip that detects COVID under your skin”; Pentagon microchip can track your location

SOURCE: Ben Swann, Truth In Media

Published: 22 Apr 2021

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Oral contraceptives have a bigger risk factor for blood clot formation than the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines

CLAIM
“Birth control has a far greater risk of blood clots than any Covid-19 vaccine so far”

SOURCE: Carter Sherman, Vice News

Published: 20 Apr 2021

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The World Health Organization doesn’t recommend ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment; the drug’s safety and effectiveness remains uncertain in COVID-19 patients

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“WHO data shows [that] ivermectin reduces COVID-19 mortality by 81%, but they won’t recommend it?”

SOURCE: Joe Martino, Collective Evolution

Published: 19 Apr 2021

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Infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms; other factors may determine an individual’s susceptibility to infection, but the microorganism is still the cause

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“…a virus is not the cause of an illness. It’s a necessary cause […] but it is not the cause.”

SOURCE: Lisa Feldman Barrett, Facebook

Published: 16 Apr 2021

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Shark Tank judges didn’t endorse a “keto diet pill”; many advertisements for keto diet supplements promoted by suspicious Facebook accounts

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Shark Tank judges backed “keto diet pill”; ketogenic-based supplements let you lose weight while sleeping

SOURCE: Anonymous, Facebook

Published: 15 Apr 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines were developed in record time due to scientists’ good understanding of similar coronaviruses and unprecedented investments from companies and governments

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“No vaccine for HIV after 40 years of research. No vaccine for the common cold [...] A virus mysteriously appears and within a year a vaccine is created and we are all expected to take it.”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Instagram

Published: 14 Apr 2021

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