Reviews of articles from: Instagram

CLAIM REVIEWS

More evidence needed for the claim that vitamin D supplements reduce risk of COVID-19 infection

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“Habitual use of vitamin D supplements was associated with a 34% lower risk of COVID-19 infection”; “This is an observational study so causation cannot be established”

SOURCE: Rhonda Patrick, Instagram

Published: 22 Feb 2021

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Misleading to compare the safety of COVID-19 and flu vaccines based solely on VAERS reports; VAERS reports alone cannot demonstrate that a vaccine caused an adverse event

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One person is 300 to 900 times “more likely to die” after getting the COVID-19 vaccine than the flu vaccine; “Adverse events are widely underreported”

SOURCE: Alex Berenson, Twitter, Facebook

Published: 17 Feb 2021

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Nashville bomber died in the explosion, not from COVID-19

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“Nashville bomber died from COVID-19”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 05 Jan 2021

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The U.S. National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act does not stop people from suing vaccine manufacturers

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“According to the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, you cannot sue a vaccine manufacturer if the vaccine has harmed and/or killed someone”

SOURCE: Rizza Islam, America’s Frontline Doctors, Instagram

Published: 19 Dec 2020

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Polio vaccine plays a critical role in eradicating polio; polio is caused by a virus, not by DDT

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“Did vaccines get rid of polio? The answer is NO!”

SOURCE: Rizza Islam, Ty Bollinger, Instagram

Published: 06 Dec 2020

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Dozens of clinical trials ongoing to investigate whether vitamin D prevents COVID-19; no firm evidence yet

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“Vitamin D insufficiency [...] may account for the majority of COVID-19 deaths”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 04 Dec 2020

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Face masks, handwashing, and vaccination do not weaken the immune system, and are effective measures to reduce the spread of infectious diseases

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Public health measures aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 including face masks, vaccines, and frequent handwashing “suppress our immune systems”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Instagram

Published: 26 Nov 2020

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Danish face mask study did not show that masks were ineffective at reducing spread of COVID-19; study was underpowered and results were inconclusive

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“Masks make no significant difference”; “Masks have no significant effect”

SOURCE: Sharyl Attkisson, Alex Berenson, Buck Sexton, Anthony Sabatini, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Published: 20 Nov 2020

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COVID-19 is at least an order of magnitude more deadly than seasonal flu, according to current estimates

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“COVID-19 [is] less deadly than [seasonal] flu”

SOURCE: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Facebook

Published: 01 Oct 2020

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