CLAIM REVIEWS

Vaccinated people are less likely to die from the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 compared to unvaccinated people; viral claim misinterpreted PHE report

CLAIM
“You are more likely to die from the Delta variant if you have been vaccinated”

SOURCE: Anonymous, We Love Trump

Published: 16 Jul 2021

VERDICT

There is no evidence that the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 has a lower fatality rate than the wild-type virus

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The fatality rate of the Delta variant of COVID-19 is lower than the original variant

SOURCE: Dan Bongino, Alan Jones, Craig Kelly, The Dan Bongino Show, Sky News Australia

Published: 09 Jul 2021

VERDICT

COVID-19 PCR tests are highly sensitive and specific for the virus SARS-CoV-2; the majority of positive results are true positives; there is no evidence that budesonide or HCQ are useful as COVID-19 treatments

CLAIM
Models that predicted that COVID-19 would cause 2.2 million deaths in the U.S. were intentionally false; treatments that are 100% effective are being banned for false reasons

SOURCE: Clay Clark, Rob Marsh, Richard Bartlett, Keith Rose, American Media Periscope

Published: 01 Jun 2021

VERDICT

U.S. CDC director didn’t state that COVID-19 deaths were over-counted; her statements about deaths among vaccine breakthrough cases were misinterpreted

CLAIM
CDC director admits that COVID-19 deaths were over-counted

SOURCE: Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit

Published: 21 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

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“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

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

Clinical trials and post-trial monitoring show that COVID-19 vaccines reduce the spread and occurrence of the disease

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COVID-19 vaccines are experimental and don’t prevent infection or transmission; most of us have a 0.05% chance of dying from COVID-19

SOURCE: Facebook user, Facebook

Published: 10 Apr 2021

VERDICT

COVID-19 vaccines don’t hamper the function of the immune system and are likely to limit the generation of variants; no evidence that they produce more lethal variants

CLAIM
COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous; they cause an overreaction of the immune system; they suppress the NK cells of the immune system; they promote virus lethality

SOURCE: Vernon Coleman, BrandNewTube

Published: 01 Apr 2021

VERDICT

Clinical trials showed that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is safe; its side effects are mostly mild

CLAIM
"80% of people taking the Moderna vaccine had significant side effects"; "children in Sudan got polio from the polio vaccine"

SOURCE: Joe Rogan, The Joe Rogan Experience

Published: 26 Mar 2021

VERDICT

Oxygen in the air doesn’t prevent people from getting tetanus through cuts with dirty or rusty objects; the vaccine is important to prevent infection

CLAIM
"The tetanus bacteria is an anaerobic bacteria. That means that it cannot live in the presence of oxygen. You cannot get tetanus by stepping on a rusty nail."

SOURCE: Steven Baker, Facebook

Published: 15 Mar 2021

VERDICT

INSIGHTS

What has been the effect of the pandemic on the suicide rate of the U.S. population?

— 21 Jun 2021

Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic prompted countries everywhere to take measures to reduce the spread of the disease. One of these measures, which has proven to be effective (as c...