Could scientists use the bat coronavirus RaTG13 to engineer SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a lab?


One of the biggest outstanding questions of the COVID-19 pandemic is the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for the disease. One idea, put forward by some news sites like Fox News and government officials, is that SARS-CoV-2 was man-made. As very few living people have witnessed a pandemic of this scale before, it is … Continued

“Plandemic: Indoctornation” video rehashes debunked claims and conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines


Plandemic is a pseudo-documentary produced by American filmmaker Mikki Willis, whose first instalment was published in May 2020. Featuring an interview with anti-vaccination activist and former scientist Judy Mikovits, the video peddled numerous false claims and conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines (see Health Feedback’s review of that video). It achieved immense virality … Continued

Computing Forever interview with Dolores Cahill contains numerous inaccuracies about COVID-19 and vaccines


This video, first published on 11 May 2020, features an interview between Dave Cullen, also known as Computing Forever on YouTube, and Dolores Cahill, a professor at University College Dublin who specializes in proteomics and also the chairperson of the political group the Irish Freedom Party. Lasting about an hour, the video rehashes previously-debunked misinformation … Continued

“Plandemic” vignette featuring anti-vaccination activist Judy Mikovits contains numerous false and unsupported claims about COVID-19


This video is the first in a series of vignettes preceding a movie titled “Plandemic”. First published on 5 May 2020, it quickly went viral on Facebook, with more than 2.2 million views on the platform to date. Produced by Mikki Willis, it features an interview with Judy Mikovits, former research director of the Whittemore … Continued

Did the COVID-19 virus originate from a lab or nature? Examining the evidence for different hypotheses of the novel coronavirus’ origins


Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in December 2019, many hypotheses have been advanced to explain where the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) actually came from. Initial reports pointed to the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, China, as the source of infection, however later studies called this into question. Given the uncertainty, many have suggested that … Continued

Viral video promotes the unsupported hypothesis that SARS-CoV-2 is a bioengineered virus released from a Wuhan research laboratory


The video A video published by The Epoch [email protected] on 7 April 2020 sparked widespread interest and gathered “70 million views” within weeks of its publication, according to the outlet. The video investigates the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. However, several of its core scientific claims are false and its … Continued

Do radio waves from mobile devices cause cancer? A look at the evidence


Mobile phones have become an integral part of our lives, and most people would not consider even leaving the house without one. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated 6.9 billion mobile phone subscriptions globally. Given the vast number of mobile phone users and the heavy use of mobile phones, many have been … Continued

How we know vaccines don’t cause autism – and why this belief persists


The claim that “vaccines cause autism” first received its scientific backing by Andrew Wakefield’s now-retracted study in The Lancet, published in 1998. The study’s authors examined 12 children, who were reported to have gastrointestinal problems and pervasive developmental disorder. Based on the results of this study, Wakefield claimed to have discovered a link between the … Continued

Here is who repeated an unsupported claim about “a complete cure for cancer in a year”, misleading millions on social media


Another purported cure-all for cancer A claim that the “first complete cure for cancer” had been discovered by an Israeli startup made waves on the Internet recently. This claim originated in a 28 Jan. article by the Jerusalem Post, in which Dan Aridor, CEO of the company Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies (AEBi), announced that they had … Continued

The Most Popular Health Articles of 2018, a Scientific Credibility Review


News about health and medicine touch the lives of many people, therefore they often become highly circulated on the Internet. Many of these articles achieve viral status, but how many of these viral articles are actually scientifically accurate? To find out, we conducted a study in collaboration with the Credibility Coalition to examine the scientific … Continued