Reviews of articles from: Facebook

CLAIM REVIEWS

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

CLAIM
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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Videos use gas sensors to misleadingly claim that wearing a face mask causes oxygen deficiency

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Gas sensors show that wearing a face mask leads to oxygen deficiency and carbon dioxide toxicity

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 06 Jul 2020

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COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are mainly detected by highly specific molecular testing, not antibody testing

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Antibodies for the common cold produce a positive COVID-19 test; false-positive results from COVID-19 antibody testing are behind the COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S.

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 06 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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People who do not show COVID-19 symptoms can and do transmit it to others; physical distancing and face masks effectively reduce the risk of transmission

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The WHO stated that asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 is “very rare”, therefore physical distancing and face masks are not necessary

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 14 Jun 2020

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Facebook posts spread unsupported anonymous claim that face mask use caused a lung infection in a healthy teenager

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Wearing a face mask caused a 19-year-old grocery store worker to be hospitalized for a lung infection, due to breathing in her own carbon dioxide and bacteria.

SOURCE: Anonymous, Facebook

Published: 01 Jun 2020

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Facebook posts misinterpret a study of 455 contacts of an asymptomatic COVID-19 carrier to claim that asymptomatic spread does not occur

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Asymptomatic carriers cannot spread COVID-19; COVID-19 is not contagious; masks are not needed to reduce COVID-19 transmission from asymptomatic carriers

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 28 May 2020

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The main cause of death in COVID-19 patients is respiratory insufficiency arising from viral pneumonia, not clotting disorder as claimed in viral social media posts

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"Autopsies performed by the Italian pathologists [have] shown that [COVID-19] is not pneumonia but it is disseminated intravascular coagulation"

SOURCE: Chinonyerem Emmanuella, Facebook users, GistFlash, Facebook

Published: 26 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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