Reviews of articles from: Twitter

CLAIM REVIEWS

Cases of severe acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children are unrelated to COVID-19 vaccines

CLAIM
Cases of acute hepatitis in children are linked to COVID-19 vaccines

SOURCE: Social media users, Instagram, Twitter

Published: 29 Apr 2022

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CDC’s updated developmental milestone checklists don’t mean that standards for children’s development are lowered; they signal a change in the surveillance strategy

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The CDC “lowered the bar” for developmental milestones instead of acknowledging the effects of COVID-19 restrictions in children

SOURCE: Jim Hoft, Social media users, Gateway Pundit, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Twitter

Published: 25 Feb 2022

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The COVID-19 vaccines don’t weaken the immune system and are unrelated to the HIV VB variant

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The COVID-19 vaccine “destroys the subject’s natural immune system”; HIV VB variant is a “cover up”

SOURCE: Alex Jones, Facebook, Twitter, The Alex Jones Show

Published: 11 Feb 2022

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Claims that a phase 3 clinical trial showed that ivermectin is effective against Omicron are inaccurate and based on a now-corrected Reuters article

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Phase 3 trial shows that Ivermectin is effective against Omicron

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Twitter

Published: 02 Feb 2022

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Testing in general reveals infections, it doesn’t create them; COVID-19 isn’t the same as the common cold

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“If you stop testing it all goes away and people just have colds like before”

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Published: 07 Jan 2022

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Clip of Anthony Fauci discussing potential vaccine safety concerns is from March 2020; current scientific evidence shows COVID-19 vaccines reduce risk of infection and serious illness

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“Dr. Fauci opens up the possibility that the COVID-19 vaccine could be making people more likely to be infected by the virus”, “a vaccine that looked good in initial safety actually made people worse”

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, LinkedIn

Published: 15 Dec 2021

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No evidence suggests that Pfizer’s smoking cessation medication Chantix increases the risk of cancer; recall of this product is irrelevant to the safety of COVID-19 vaccines

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It “took 15 years to uncover” Chantix’s carcinogenic effects; there are reasons for being “skeptical of something that hasn’t even been established/approved for a full 12 months”

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Published: 05 Nov 2021

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Social media post claiming that fully vaccinated people are “filling up” morgues and hospitals is based on flawed reasoning; unvaccinated people are actually over ten times more likely to die

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“they are needing to change the definition of what it means to be fully vaccinated” “40% of deaths from C19 last week [...] were fully vaccinated, [...] that’s a jump of 51.2%”

SOURCE: Elijah Schaffer, Twitter, Instagram

Published: 02 Nov 2021

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Male sterility isn’t a proven side effect of ivermectin, contrary to claims by social media users

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Ivermectin sterilizes the majority (85%) of men that take it

SOURCE: Facebook users, Twitter users, Facebook, Twitter

Published: 14 Sep 2021

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