CLAIM REVIEWS

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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Internet memes based on hearsay claim that hospital laboratories falsify COVID-19 tests to inflate numbers without evidence

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Hospital laboratories falsify positive COVID-19 results

SOURCE: Anonymous, Facebook

Published: 04 Jul 2020

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No, Bill Gates is not funding COVID-19 vaccines as a way to conduct global surveillance or to depopulate the world

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Bill Gates, founder of harmful vaccination campaigns in developing countries, now plans to use COVID-19 vaccines to surveil the population

SOURCE: Ty & Charlene Bollinger, The Truth About Cancer

Published: 24 Jun 2020

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German Ministry employee makes unsupported claim that COVID-19 pandemic is a global false alarm in widely circulated yet unsolicited opinion article

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German government leaked document declares COVID-19 is “a global false alarm”

SOURCE: Baxter Dmitry, NewsPunch

Published: 10 Jun 2020

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To date, no therapy has been proven effective for preventing or treating COVID-19, contrary to claim by Dolores Cahill

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There is no need for social distancing because we have a treatment for COVID-19

SOURCE: Dolores Cahill, The HighWire

Published: 28 May 2020

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Claim that the Amish are healthier because they opt out of all vaccines is incorrect

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“The unvaccinated Amish rarely get cancer, autism, or heart disease.”

SOURCE: Mark Sloan, EndAllDisease

Published: 20 May 2020

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Current evidence suggests that COVID-19 may have a higher fatality rate than the flu, but a definitive conclusion requires more studies

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Antibody tests support what’s been obvious: Covid-19 is much more lethal than the flu

SOURCE: Joel Achenbach, Washington Post

Published: 12 May 2020

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