Articles tagged with: Correction

ARTICLE REVIEWS

People who do not show symptoms can contribute to significant COVID-19 transmission, contrary to CNBC report

in CNBC, by William Feuer, Noah Higgins-Dunn

— 10 Jun 2020

there is already “abundant data” showing that people who are not showing symptoms—which could include asymptomatic, presymptomatic, and paucisymptomatic individuals—compris...

Daily Mail article misleads with clickbait headline claiming cowpox-derived virus will “kill every type of cancer”

in Daily Mail, by Zoe Zaczek

— 20 Nov 2019

"This article substantially overhypes early pre-clinical work with a viral therapy that has not yet been tested in even the earliest stages of human clinical trials. The headline i..

2018’s most popular health article promoting cannabis’ safety found to be biased and misleading

in urhealthguide, by John Regan

— 20 Dec 2018

“The article fails to point out that only very limited, low-quality evidence supports the use of cannabis for treating chronic pain. The article also fails to describe the potent...

CLAIM REVIEWS

DARPA developed a hydrogel sensor which monitors blood for infections at early stages, not a microchip for COVID-19 identification or location tracker

CLAIM
“Pentagon develops microchip that detects COVID under your skin”; Pentagon microchip can track your location

SOURCE: Ben Swann, Truth In Media

Published: 22 Apr 2021

VERDICT

The CDC didn’t introduce a “major rule change” to inflate COVID-19 deaths; there have been more than 490,000 excess deaths in the U.S. to date

CLAIM
“CDC illegally inflated the COVID fatality number by at least 1,600 percent”; “the NVSS COVID-19 Alert No. 2 [deemphasized] underlying causes of death [...] by recording them in Part II rather than Part I of death certificates [...] This was a major rule change [...] from the 2003 guidance on certification of death

SOURCE: Patty McMurray, Gateway Pundit

Published: 14 Feb 2021

VERDICT

Most positive COVID-19 PCR test results are true positives; WHO information notice didn’t change threshold or criteria for a positive COVID-19 test

CLAIM
“WHO Admits High-Cycle PCR Tests Produce COVID False Positives”; the WHO’s new guidance includes lower PCR thresholds

SOURCE: Joseph Mercola, David Samedi, Zero Hedge, Children’s Health Defense

Published: 25 Jan 2021

VERDICT

People who received the COVID-19 vaccine aren’t more likely to develop facial paralysis than people who didn’t receive the vaccine

CLAIM
“13 Israelis suffer FACIAL PARALYSIS after taking Pfizer Covid jab”

SOURCE: Anonymous, RT (Russia Today)

Published: 19 Jan 2021

VERDICT

Volunteer who died in a COVID-19 vaccine trial in Brazil did not receive the vaccine

CLAIM
“Coronavirus horror: Volunteer in Oxford University’s COVID-19 vaccine trial DIES”

SOURCE: Bill McLoughlin, Erin Elizabeth, The Daily Express, Health Nut News

Published: 25 Oct 2020

VERDICT

Sweden’s COVID-19 mortality is higher than in most European countries; no evidence whether or how the absence of lockdown impacted this outcome

CLAIM
“Sweden COVID-19 Death Rate Lower Than Spain, Italy and U.K., Despite Never Having Lockdown”

SOURCE: Soo Kim, Newsweek

Published: 16 Aug 2020

VERDICT

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

CLAIM
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

VERDICT

Vaccines do not cause neurological damage, aluminum levels in vaccines are safe

CLAIM
Aluminum in vaccines causes neurological damage and autism

SOURCE: Arjun Walia, Facebook users, Collective Evolution

Published: 24 Mar 2020

VERDICT

Scientific evidence indicates virus that causes COVID-19 infection is of natural origin, not the result of human engineering

CLAIM
evidence points to SARS-CoV-2 research being carried out at the Wuhan Institute of Virology

SOURCE: Steven W. Mosher, New York Post, Daily Wire, InfoWars

Published: 05 Mar 2020

VERDICT

Overwhelming scientific evidence shows that smoking causes lung cancer, instead of protecting against it

CLAIM
Smoking may protect lungs from cancer

SOURCE: Grayson Black, NewsPunch

Published: 12 Feb 2020

VERDICT