"Having a staph infection [from wearing a face mask] is a pretty rare occurrence, and it usually involves multiple things for it to happen."
Government and private meteorologists saw it coming, some nearly three weeks in advance.
The electricity failure in the state was mainly caused by freezing natural gas pipelines and the wind turbine shutdowns accounted for a fraction of it
REVIEW With the worldwide rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, claims that the vaccines caused severe adverse events or deaths spread on social media. A meme published on 15 February 2021 claimed that a person is 300 to 900 times “more likely to die” a
Does this list of reports from the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) prove COVID-19 vaccines are causing sudden deaths in a surprising number of young and middle-aged people? No, that's not true: The individual cases
A Facebook post claims that deaths in care homes are up 81% since the Covid-19 vaccination rollout. It’s correct that care home deaths are up since the vaccination rollout started, but it is wrong to suggest that these are deaths caused by the va
A Facebook post claims that the second wave of Covid-19 in South Africa was caused by people wearing masks rather than the coronavirus pathogen itself. The post relies on a video that purports to simulate a carbon dioxide test, but experts dismissed th
The Republican representative from Georgia has endorsed QAnon conspiracy theories, among others.
Does the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine cause full-body convulsions? No, there is no evidence proving that convulsions are a potential side effect of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, according to a spokesperson from the U.S. Food and Drug Administ
REVIEW An article published in mid-January 2021 by Children’s Health Defense, an organization which opposes vaccines, claimed that thousands of adverse events related to the COVID-19 vaccine, including deaths, were reported in December 2020. The o
A post on Facebook claims that the same picture of an elderly woman being vaccinated has been captioned as being both a woman in Manchester called Joan and a woman called Susan in South Africa. The original image was taken on 17 December 2020. It shows
Do variants of the MTHFR gene cause disease and increase the likelihood of vaccine reactions? No, that's not true: In rare circumstances, a MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) gene variant causes neural tube defects in newborn bab
Four photos have been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook posts alongside a claim they show the aftermath of an earthquake that hit Taiwan in December 2020. The claim is false: the images actually show damage caused by three different earth
REVIEW A viral meme published on Facebook in mid-December 2020 claims that “The flu is not a season! It is an inability to adapt due to decreased sun exposure and water intake, combined with increased sugar intake and stress.” This claim predate
REVIEW An Instagram post containing a video, published on 2 December 2020, received more than 35,000 views. The post claims that vaccines did not get rid of polio and, “between 1955–1963 [the] CDC admits 98 million Americans received the polio v
This year Full Fact launched a project to develop a new collaborative model for tackling misinformation crises, with funding support from Facebook. Organisations tackling misinformation can learn a lot about how to prepare for the future by looking at
Is it true the lethality of COVID-19 is being overblown by government mortality data, and was a Johns Hopkins University student paper censored when it posted a story about that claim? No, that is not true. There is no evidence that offic
Two photos of women weeping amid flood-ravaged homes have been shared in multiple posts on Facebook alongside a claim that it shows the aftermath of Typhoon Vamco, which slammed the Philippines in November 2020. The photos, however, have been shared in
Multiple Facebook posts shared hundreds of times claim the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic was actually “not a flu at all” but was instead “caused by random dosages of an experimental 'bacterial meningitis vaccine'”. The claim is false; experts agree
REVIEW Misinformation about mask use has circulated since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Claims that wearing face masks increase the risk of infection are not new and were previously found to be inaccurate, as reported in Health Feedback re
REVIEW A claim that COVID-19 only caused two third of the excess mortality observed in the U.S. in 2020 and that lockdowns are in part responsible for the remaining third circulated in October 2020. One article containing this claim was published by
“PUBS and restaurants caused less than three per cent of coronavirus infections in the week before the 10pm curfew, official data shows.” The Sun, 27 September 2020 The Sun, the Daily Star and the Telegraph have all claimed that pubs and re
Trump made a comment about trees and wildfires during a visit to fire-ravaged California.
The viral claim seemed to be an attempt to counter U.S. President Donald Trump's framing of Black Lives Matter protests.
On September 9 2020, a screenshot of a fabricated Fox Business article headlined “Kenosha car dealer kills himself after his insurance won’t cover a cent of the 2.5 million dollars of damages caused by the riots” was shared to meme a
A false interpretation of new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) spread online in late August 2020, buoyed by both social media and various local television news outlets. The result was a slew of posts and stories pushing t
Multiple Facebook and Twitter posts shared thousands of times in August 2020 claim that five people in the Philippine city of Tarlac died after receiving vaccine shots. The claim is false; the Tarlac City government and the Philippine Department of H
Video of a catastrophic explosion in Beirut was pretty shocking without being manipulated.
A screenshot shared hundreds of times on Facebook claims that Leicester went into local lockdown because Muslims living in the area didn’t understand government advice and didn’t use hand sanitiser because it was against their religion. It
The president and administration officials have consistently labeled antifa as perpetrators of violence at the protests since George Floyd's killing, but little evidence supports this claim.
SUMMARY This article, published in late May 2020, received more than 280,000 views on Facebook and more than 24,000 interactions on social media. The article makes numerous claims about Bill Gates and the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine being developed by Oxford
REVIEW A claim that a healthy 19-year-old grocery store worker was hospitalized for pleurisy, an inflammation of the tissue surrounding the lungs, due to her breathing in carbon dioxide and “her own bacteria” as a result of wearing a face mask,
Quick Take False information that claims COVID-19 is caused by a bacteria and can be easily treated started spreading by text message, and is now viral on social media. Actually, COVID-19 is caused by a virus and there is no treatment for it. Full Stor
Was the late herbalist known as "Dr. Sebi" (real name Alfredo Bowman) correct when he claimed that viruses don't exist? No, this is false. Viruses do exist, as the world is witnesseing now with the novel coronavirus, which is responsible for m
Is COVID-19 caused by 5G technology that is killing people around the world? No, that's not true. A video that went viral of a man claiming to be the former "head of the largest business unit at Vodafone," says that coronavirus is not killing
Does a missing U.S. presidential seal indicate the Illuminati have relinquished control of the U.S. government? And is the next-generation wireless technology 5G responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic? No, there is no evidence that these claims
Did 5G, the fifth-generation wireless technology, cause the novel coronavirus? No, that's not true: These bizarre assertions go against everything we know about how viruses are spread. A viral video making the rounds confuses historical events
The new name comes from “coronavirus,” the family of viruses that causes the disease, along with the common cold and some more serious diseases like SARS.
Accurate, consistent dietary advice seems increasingly hard to find.
Did a new study find smoking marijuana causes "complete remission" in patients with Crohn's disease and did it do all that without side effects? No, that's not exactly true: the "new" study dates back from 2013, it only compared 11 cannabis-sm