Pablo Rougerie

Postdoctoral Researcher

Pablo obtained his PhD in Immunology from the University Paris - Descartes (France). He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York, U.S.) and at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). His research focused on different topics in cell biology, including the regulation of T lymphocyte activation, the mechanics of cell deformation, and the use of biomaterials of specific geometry to guide the growth of biological tissues.

The Science Feedback team

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Nasal swab used for COVID-19 testing does not reach the brain

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Nasal swabs used for COVID-19 tests reach the blood-brain barrier and may damage it.

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 10 Jul 2020

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The June 2020 spike in U.S. COVID-19 cases indicates a rising percentage of infections and is not simply an artifact of more testing

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“There's a ‘spike’ in [COVID-19] cases because there's a spike in testing.”

SOURCE: Facebook User, Facebook

Published: 08 Jul 2020

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No scientific evidence indicates that cannabis can prevent or cure COVID-19 in patients

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“Cannabis is more effective at preventing and treating COVID-19 than hydroxychloroquine”

SOURCE: Tristan Greene, The Next Web

Published: 30 Jun 2020

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COVID-19 is among the leading causes of death worldwide so far in 2020, but beware of incomplete graphs

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COVID-19 became a leading cause of death globally by the end of May 2020.

SOURCE: Gavin Wood, Flourish

Published: 27 Jun 2020

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Brussels halted 5G rollout in 2019 to study its radiation emissions, not because any negative health effects had been demonstrated

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“Brussels is halting their 5G plans due to the negative health effects”; “Evidence ... overwhelmingly suggest[s] that, yes, 5G does pose a major threat.”

SOURCE: Anonymous, worldhealth.net

Published: 11 Jun 2020

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The spread of COVID-19 is not related in any way to the deployment of 5G

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“5G plays a part in this ‘plandemic’” ... The cases of COVID-19 are “directly related to electromagnetic radiation exposure by 5G”

SOURCE: Dee McLachlan, Gumshoe News

Published: 29 May 2020

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Hand-held UV lights sold online to kill microbes are effective only in specific conditions and can be unsafe when used improperly

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UV-C lamps “kill 99.99% of all bacteria, viruses, and mold” on “any surface you want to disinfect” ... “in ten seconds”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Super Charged UV-c

Published: 28 May 2020

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Mortality in the U.S. noticeably increased during the first months of 2020 compared to previous years

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The U.S. is not losing “tons more lives in 2020” compared to 2019 (18,433) ... the increase is virtually non-existent

SOURCE: Candace Owens, Joe Hoft, Facebook, Gateway Pundit

Published: 22 May 2020

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The first SARS-CoV-2 infections in humans occurred during fall 2019, but not enough evidence exists to confirm a global spread before early 2020

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“Coronavirus quickly spread around the world as early as October 2019”

SOURCE: Hashem Al-Ghaili, Facebook

Published: 19 May 2020

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Blog posts inaccurately claim that a 2005 NIH study demonstrated the effectiveness of chloroquine treatment against coronavirus infection such as COVID-19

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the NIH researched chloroquine and concluded that it was effective at stopping the SARS coronavirus in its tracks

SOURCE: Bryan Fischer, OneNewsNow

Published: 08 May 2020

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