ARTICLE REVIEWS

CNN article accurately reports an increased risk of heart attack from cannabis use in young people, but lacks context on difference between absolute and relative risk

in CNN, by Megan Marples

— 21 Sep 2021

"Yes, it’s true that the data suggest a “doubling” of risk for cardiac problems in cannabis users, but the article confuses “absolute” risk and “relative” risk. Those..

CLAIM REVIEWS

There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines contain graphene or parasites

CLAIM
COVID-19 vaccines contain graphene and living organisms made of aluminum

SOURCE: Carrie Madej, Franc Zalewski, Stew Peters Show

Published: 21 Oct 2021

VERDICT

Several laboratories in Spain have cultured and isolated the virus SARS-CoV-2; the claim that the virus doesn’t exist is false

CLAIM
“Spanish High Court Confirms That Covid 19 Does Not Exist!”

SOURCE: Charlie Ward, The Charlie Ward Show

Published: 14 Oct 2021

VERDICT

Article by OffGuardian, ZeroHedge claiming to list 30 facts about COVID-19 contains multiple inaccurate and misleading statements

CLAIM
“There has been NO unusual excess mortality” related to COVID; “Lockdowns do not prevent the spread of disease”; “Masks don’t work”; “PCR tests were not designed to diagnose illness”

SOURCE: Kit Knightly, OffGuardian, ZeroHedge

Published: 04 Oct 2021

VERDICT

Cancer and heart disease remain the two leading causes of death in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic

CLAIM
“No one has died of cancer or heart disease since the COVID-19 thing started”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 30 Aug 2021

VERDICT

Face masks can filter small airborne particles, including respiratory droplets, and are effective at reducing the spread of COVID-19

CLAIM
Science debunks the use of face masks to stop viruses like COVID-19

SOURCE: Byram Bridle, Liz Wheeler, Net Nuance, The Liz Wheeler Show

Published: 14 Aug 2021

VERDICT

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

CLAIM
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

CLAIM
“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

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...