Does a "gold standard" scientific trial prove that N95 respirators and surgical masks are ineffective at preventing the spread of COVID-19? No, that's not true: This claim misrepresents the intent and findings of the trial, the study auth
REVIEW A study in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of Internal Medicine, published at the end of November 2022, generated renewed discussion over the effectiveness of mask-wearing against COVID-19. According to the social media analytics tool Buz
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Are COVID-19 PCR tests "linked to human cloning"? No, that's not true. There is no evidence confirming that human cloning ever occurred. A study cited in a video making the claim never discussed PCR tests used during the pandemic because
Country singer Jake Flint died because of the COVID-19 vaccine.
REVIEW On 21 November 2022, a pseudo-documentary titled “Died Suddenly”, co-produced by radio host Stew Peters, premiered on Twitter and the video sharing platform Rumble. Through a series of interviews, the film, which is approximately one hour
Stew Peters’ anti-vaccine film ‘Died Suddenly’ revives debunked COVID-19 vaccine claims and alleges the vaccines are part of The Great Reset, an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory. The theory’s proponents believe the vaccines are part of the glo
Many sufferers are unvaccinated and evidence suggests vaccination reduces the risk.
Does a dual-use COVID-19/influenza A&B test prove coronavirus is the flu? No, that's not true: While COVID and influenza are both respiratory ailments, they are caused by different viruses and require different tests. The antigen test
Protesters have taken to the streets in Chinese cities, demanding the president step down and end oppresisive COVID-19 lockdown measures.
There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine causes blood clots. However, there is evidence that COVID-19 infection causes blood clots.
A 4-year-old poster boy in Argentina's vaccination campaign died of bilateral pneumonia. His death is unrelated to COVID-19 vaccination.
REVIEW The mRNA vaccine technology used to produce the first COVID-19 vaccines drew much attention because of its novelty. While it’s understandable for people to raise questions about the safety of a new technology, many online claims related to
The post claims that the Delta variant is fake.
There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are linked to increases in stillbirths.
Google is not hiding any facts; the disclaimer is a way to show that the information is evolving and is a method to combat misinformation.
Bill Gates did not talk about killing people with Covid 19 vaccines but how to tackle overpopulation by increasing global living standards.
This claim mistakes adverse events following the COVID-19 vaccine for confirmed side-effects, and has been debunked several times.
The event was designed to test the private and public sector's response to a pandemic. It did not predict COVID-19.
The birth rate in Hungary has declined in 2022 compared to previous years, but there is no evidence that it is due to adverse effects of vaccinations.
Aindrila Sharma had cancer and died in Kolkata from multiple cardiac arrests. There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine caused her death.
Do COVID-19 vaccines or PCR tests make people "magnetic"? No, that's not true. There is no evidence that either of them can increase what is perceived as "magnetism." But theatrical glue, oily skin or body cream can do the trick of making
Do COVID-19 nasal test swabs contain both lithium and DARPA hydrogel that allow recipients to be remotely controlled? No, that's not true: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told Lead Stories that nasal swabs used to test for COVID do
SciCheck Digest Paxlovid, Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral pill, has been shown to prevent severe COVID-19 and death. An online post alleging the drug is a “fraud” and “should be taken off the market” neglects to mention this important informa
Does the movie "Died Suddenly" demonstrate that COVID-19 vaccinations cause widespread sudden death or severe medical outcomes? No, that's not true: The film recycles previously debunked claims that the vaccine is lethal or dangerous for
Suggests "108 FIFA registered players/coaches have died" because of COVID-19 vaccines.
A post on Instagram claims that Covid-19 is a ‘lie’. This is false, and there is ample evidence to prove it is a real, deadly disease.
Increases in respiratory syncytial virus in children are linked to the COVID-19 vaccine.
The surge in the excess child mortality rate in Europe is unrelated to COVID-19 vaccines. Public health threats have caused an increase in deaths.
SciCheck Digest Hospitals across the country are seeing a spike of respiratory syncytial virus infections among children. Experts say the spike is most likely caused by an immunity gap created by the lack of exposure to the virus over the past couple o
No Malaysian doctor was killed for administering a COVID-19 vaccine. The claim stems from an anti-vaccine narrative.
The Facebook post mistakes an editorial piece in the journal Surgical Neurology International for a statement by the National Institutes of Health.
REVIEW Social media posts began circulating in September and November 2022, claiming that COVID-19 doesn’t increase the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis, despite evidence showing otherwise. These are conditions in which the heart becomes infla
There is no evidence that any of the listed celebrities died or had serious illnesses as a result of COVID-19 vaccination.
REVIEW mRNA vaccines were widely used for the first time during the mass vaccination campaign against COVID-19. Traditional vaccine technologies use viral proteins or entire weakened or killed viruses to generate immunity. By contrast, mRNA vaccines
The Expose misquoted data from the ONS to make it appear that Pfizer vaccines are increasing the number of stillbirths.
New Zealand Security Intelligence Service's guide has not included opposition to COVID-19 health measures as signs of terrorism.