The benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine outweigh its risks; there is no increased mortality rate among vaccinated people relative to unvaccinated people

CLAIM
COVID-19 vaccines killed people; COVID-19 has a “99.97% survival rate”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Earthley

Published: 06 May 2021

VERDICT

There is no evidence that eating cucumbers reduces the risk of cancer; cucumbers contain cucurbitacin B, which could be a candidate for developing new anti-cancer drugs

CLAIM
“Cucumber kills lung cancer cells”; “cucurbitacin B suppressed growth of human lung cancer cells by 90%, reduced their ability to invade surrounding tissues by 75% and reduced migration ability by 88%”

SOURCE: Ethan Evers , The Eden Prescription

Published: 04 May 2021

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Vaccines do provide immunity and can be used to achieve herd immunity

CLAIM
Vaccines don’t promise immunity and therefore “vaccine herd immunity doesn’t exist”.

SOURCE: Laura Elizabeth, Instagram

Published: 01 May 2021

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Insufficient evidence to claim COVID-19 vaccines cause menstrual irregularities in vaccinated women; vaccinated people aren’t making unvaccinated people ill

CLAIM
COVID-19 vaccines cause menstrual problems in women; vaccinated people are causing health problems in unvaccinated people around them

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Published: 30 Apr 2021

VERDICT

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

CLAIM
“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

VERDICT

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

VERDICT

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

CLAIM
“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

VERDICT

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

CLAIM
“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

VERDICT

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

CLAIM
“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

VERDICT

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

VERDICT