Articles tagged with: Face mask

ARTICLE REVIEWS

Telegraph article describing the hypothesis that face masks can variolate a population receives mixed reviews on its scientific accuracy

in The Telegraph, by Georgina Hayes

— 24 Sep 2020

"The Telegraph headline is obviously misleading but the subheading is accurate. Masks don’t give immunity; rather, the argument is that infections are milder or asymptomatic and ..

CLAIM REVIEWS

Using face masks does not increase the risk of skin or oral infections

CLAIM
Masks are dirty and cause bacterial overgrowth, skin infections, and “mask mouth, [which is] a new medical condition caused by wearing masks all day”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 28 Sep 2020

VERDICT

Cloth masks are effective at reducing virus transmission because it spreads in respiratory droplets, which are larger than smoke particles and the pores in fabric

CLAIM
Cloth masks cannot block smoke particles which are larger than viruses, so masks cannot stop virus transmission

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 15 Sep 2020

VERDICT

Masks offer only partial protection from the virus that causes COVID-19, but their effectiveness can be enhanced with other measures like physical distancing

CLAIM
“Either masks work or they don’t”; “I don’t understand the safety concern with voting in person. Your mask works, right?”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 04 Sep 2020

VERDICT

Listicle of “facts” about COVID-19 contains numerous inaccurate and misleading claims

CLAIM
“The overall lethality of [COVID-19] (IFR) is about 0.1% to 0.3% and thus in the range of a severe influenza”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Swiss Policy Research

Published: 26 Aug 2020

VERDICT

Wearing masks aims at slowing SARS-CoV-2 circulation, not protecting against a certain death

CLAIM
If masks were effective and necessary, non-mask wearers should be dead by now

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 07 Aug 2020

VERDICT

Health authorities encourage the general public to wear face masks to reduce COVID-19 transmission

CLAIM
Health authorities like the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discourage people from wearing face masks

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 04 Aug 2020

VERDICT

Scientific evidence supports the use of face masks for reducing the transmission of respiratory diseases including COVID-19

CLAIM
Masks do nothing to prevent the spread of pathogens

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 27 Jul 2020

VERDICT

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

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

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 06 Jul 2020

VERDICT

OSHA recommends using cloth face coverings at the workplace, contrary to claim by Peggy Hall

CLAIM
“OSHA says masks don't work and violate OSHA oxygen levels”

SOURCE: Peggy Hall, TheHealthyAmerican.org, GreenMedInfo

Published: 24 Jun 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

INSIGHTS

Computing Forever interview with Dolores Cahill contains numerous inaccuracies about COVID-19 and vaccines

— 22 May 2020

This video, first published on 11 May 2020, features an interview between Dave Cullen, also known as Computing Forever on YouTube, and Dolores Cahill, a professor at University Col...

“Plandemic” vignette featuring anti-vaccination activist Judy Mikovits contains numerous false and unsupported claims about COVID-19

— 08 May 2020

This video is the first in a series of vignettes preceding a movie titled “Plandemic”. First published on 5 May 2020, it quickly went viral on Facebook, with more than 2.2 mill...