Reviews of articles from: Facebook

CLAIM REVIEWS

Infectious diseases are caused by pathogens, not an unbalanced, acidic cellular environment

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"it is not the pathogens themselves which initiate disease, they only show up because of an acidic, compromised, cell terrain"

SOURCE: Facebook user, Facebook

Published: 31 Mar 2020

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Gargling salt water or vinegar may soothe a sore throat, but it will not eliminate COVID-19

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"Gargling with warm water and salt or vinegar eliminates the virus [SARS-CoV-2]"

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook, Twitter

Published: 27 Mar 2020

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The virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on solid surfaces for days, but infection risk from contaminated objects is unknown

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"[SARS-CoV-2] is spreading quickly from gas pumps. Shopping carts as well."

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 26 Mar 2020

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The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is real; the story that claims otherwise is a work of fiction

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"There is no ‘coronavirus’"

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 25 Mar 2020

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No, not every U.S. election year has had a disease outbreak and COVID-19 transmissibility is unconfirmed

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"Every election year has a disease; coronavirus has a contagion factor of 2"

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 07 Mar 2020

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The 2019 coronavirus outbreak is caused by a novel virus, past mentions of coronaviruses refer to different strains

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"coronavirus is not a new virus"

SOURCE: Anonymous, Facebook

Published: 04 Feb 2020

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No increased risk of autism observed in African-American boys associated with MMR vaccine; claim based on erroneous study retracted in 2014

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"The CDC found a 236% increased risk of autism in African-American boys associated with the MMR vaccine"

SOURCE: Brian Hooker, Facebook

Published: 27 Jan 2020

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Contrary to claims in viral social media posts, 2019 coronavirus was not lab-created nor was it patented years before outbreak

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"[The coronavirus is] “new” yet it was lab-created and patented in 2015"

SOURCE: Chris Kirckof, Jordan Sather, Facebook, Twitter

Published: 24 Jan 2020

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Triple antibiotic cream or gel cannot prevent the flu, may also worsen antibiotic resistance due to indiscriminate use

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"Swabbing nostrils with triple antibiotic cream or gel will prevent the flu"

SOURCE: Facebook user, Facebook

Published: 09 Jan 2020

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Acidity in bottled drinking water not a cause for health concern, contrary to popular Facebook video claim

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"Drinking bottled water with an acidic pH is bad for your health"

SOURCE: Internet user, Facebook

Published: 13 May 2019

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