Articles tagged with: Influenza

ARTICLE REVIEWS

Time article accurately describes distinguishing features between influenza infection and infection by other respiratory viruses

in Time, by Markham Heid

— 28 Nov 2018

"Generally accurate. However, the main issue is that influenza viruses can also cause a "cold", i.e. upper respiratory tract infection. A "cold" is a symptom/diagnosis whereas "inf..

CLAIM REVIEWS

Tuberculosis, the flu, and COVID-19 differ in disease prevalence and burden, requiring different public health responses

CLAIM
“Why don’t we wear masks for [tuberculosis]? Because CNN hasn’t instructed you to.”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 21 Sep 2020

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

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“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

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Contrary to claim in viral Facebook post, the flu vaccine does work and certain types of cancers can be cured

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“Can't make a vaccine that works for influenza. No vaccine for RSV. Can't cure cancer. But they sure as shit can make a vaccine in 6 months for an illness that they STILL don't understand”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 09 Aug 2020

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German Ministry employee makes unsupported claim that COVID-19 pandemic is a global false alarm in widely circulated yet unsolicited opinion article

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German government leaked document declares COVID-19 is “a global false alarm”

SOURCE: Baxter Dmitry, NewsPunch

Published: 10 Jun 2020

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Current evidence suggests that COVID-19 may have a higher fatality rate than the flu, but a definitive conclusion requires more studies

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Antibody tests support what’s been obvious: Covid-19 is much more lethal than the flu

SOURCE: Joel Achenbach, Washington Post

Published: 12 May 2020

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The number of flu cases and deaths in 2020 is comparable to previous years

CLAIM
there are ZERO flu deaths and ZERO pneumonia deaths for the first time in history

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 28 Apr 2020

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Claim that flu shot causes false positive results on COVID-19 tests is unsupported and misleading

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The flu shot causes false positive results on COVID-19 tests

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 10 Apr 2020

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Claim that flu vaccine increases coronavirus infection is unsupported, misinterprets scientific studies

CLAIM
flu vaccine increases risk of coronavirus infection

SOURCE: Benjamin Krause, Facebook users, DisabledVeterans.org, GreenMedInfo

Published: 30 Mar 2020

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Triple antibiotic cream or gel cannot prevent the flu, may also worsen antibiotic resistance due to indiscriminate use

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Swabbing nostrils with triple antibiotic cream or gel will prevent the flu

SOURCE: Facebook user, Facebook

Published: 09 Jan 2020

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The flu shot is safe for pregnant women, does not increase the risk of spontaneous abortion

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4,250% increase in fetal deaths reported to VAERS after flu shot given to pregnant women

SOURCE: Christine England, Vactruth, Health Impact News

Published: 31 Dec 2019

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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...