CLAIM REVIEWS

COVID-19 vaccine did not cause the death of a Portuguese woman, contrary to social media posts’ suggestions

CLAIM
“Portuguese nurse dies two days after getting the Pfizer Covid vaccine”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Wion

Published: 08 Jan 2021

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Nashville bomber died in the explosion, not from COVID-19

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“Nashville bomber died from COVID-19”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 05 Jan 2021

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COVID-19 antigen tests are highly accurate, but incorrect use on food items such as fruits or Coca-Cola can produce false positive results

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Simple cola produced a positive result in the COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, proving mass testing worthless

SOURCE: Michael Schnedlitz, Vaccine Impact, others

Published: 31 Dec 2020

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COVID-19 vaccine candidates are generally safe and effective at preventing disease; ongoing studies investigate whether the vaccine can also reduce transmission

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“They have been reducing the standards so they can pass the vaccine no matter what”; “It does not prevent transmission”

SOURCE: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., This Past Weekend with Theo Von, Children's Health Defense

Published: 18 Dec 2020

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COVID-19 vaccine candidates show high efficacy and a safe profile in clinical trials, contrary to claims in viral video

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“The COVID-19 pandemic is not a real medical pandemic”; “The COVID-19 vaccine is not proven safe or effective”

SOURCE: World Doctors Alliance, BrandNewTube

Published: 10 Dec 2020

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Dozens of clinical trials ongoing to investigate whether vitamin D prevents COVID-19; no firm evidence yet

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“Vitamin D insufficiency [...] may account for the majority of COVID-19 deaths”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 04 Dec 2020

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Face masks, handwashing, and vaccination do not weaken the immune system, and are effective measures to reduce the spread of infectious diseases

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Public health measures aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 including face masks, vaccines, and frequent handwashing “suppress our immune systems”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Instagram

Published: 26 Nov 2020

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Non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as lockdowns and wearing face masks, are effective measures to reduce COVID-19 transmission, contrary to claims in viral video

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Lockdowns and face masks do not work to control the COVID-19 pandemic

SOURCE: Tom Woods, Young Americans for Liberty

Published: 19 Nov 2020

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Wearing face masks helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, but it only confers partial protection and should be combined with additional public health measures

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“Mask mandates do nothing to stop [the spread of] COVID[-19]”; There is “overwhelming scientific evidence” that masks do not work

SOURCE: Yinon Weiss, The Federalist

Published: 11 Nov 2020

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Claim that mouthwash could reduce the spread of COVID-19 has not yet been confirmed by clinical trials in humans

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Some mouthwashes could help curb coronavirus

SOURCE: Nyzah McDonald and Evan Hinkley, NewsNation

Published: 02 Nov 2020

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