Reviews of articles from: Facebook

CLAIM REVIEWS

Infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms; other factors may determine an individual’s susceptibility to infection, but the microorganism is still the cause

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“…a virus is not the cause of an illness. It’s a necessary cause […] but it is not the cause.”

SOURCE: Lisa Feldman Barrett, Facebook

Published: 16 Apr 2021

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Shark Tank judges didn’t endorse a “keto diet pill”; many advertisements for keto diet supplements promoted by suspicious Facebook accounts

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Shark Tank judges backed “keto diet pill”; ketogenic-based supplements let you lose weight while sleeping

SOURCE: Anonymous, Facebook

Published: 15 Apr 2021

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Compensation for vaccine injury claims can be awarded even without proof that the vaccine caused the injury

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“Since 1986, [the U.S. Government] has paid over $4.5 billion dollars for injury claims to individuals damaged by vaccines. We all wish that vaccines were 100% safe, but the truth is, they’re not.”

SOURCE: Health Choice Connecticut, Facebook

Published: 14 Apr 2021

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The current U.S. generation is healthier than previous ones partly because vaccines reduced infectious diseases; childhood immunization schedules are safe, contrary to chiropractor’s claims

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“look at the [vaccination] schedule, we have gotten sicker and sicker”; “the biggest jump in shots came after the 1986 vaccine protection act”

SOURCE: Patrick Flynn, Facebook

Published: 13 Apr 2021

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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

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There is currently no cure for AIDS; reports to the contrary are incorrect

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AIDS was cured in more than a dozen patients

SOURCE: Alfredo Bowman, Facebook

Published: 09 Apr 2021

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The mRNA COVID-19 vaccines aren’t operating systems, and won’t transform the human body into a virus-making factory

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The mRNA vaccine is “an operating system that takes over the machinery of your cells” ; “...by the time you get your fourth shot your body will be making all four proteins that make up the COVID-19 virus.”

SOURCE: Abdul Alim Muhammad, Damon Jones, Instagram, Facebook

Published: 06 Apr 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines received Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA after clinical trials demonstrated that they are safe and effective; COVID-19 vaccines aren’t experimental

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“Not one [COVID-19] vaccine is FDA approved. [...] They are all experimental.”

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 31 Mar 2021

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Heart attack victims shouldn’t use “cough CPR” on themselves, contrary to chain email dating back to 1999

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Heart attack “victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 30 Mar 2021

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Going vegan may lead to fewer pandemics, but it won’t eliminate them completely

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“In a vegan world there would be no pandemics. 100% of pandemics are zoonotic in origin.”

SOURCE: Richard Melville Hall (aka Moby), Facebook

Published: 26 Mar 2021

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