Is it true that Pfizer's vaccine candidate to battle COVID-19 is made and stored in such a way that scores of people could be severely sickened or even killed by its use? No, that is a conspiracy theory not supported by scientific studies
Do many studies find that cloth masks don't stop viruses like COVID? No, that's not true: An article making that claim does not cite any recent or specific studies showing masks don't work. To the contrary, the Centers for Disease Control
A months-old document exploring one possible response to the COVID-19 pandemic was misrepresented on social media.
A post suggesting that GPs should be the first to get a Covid-19 vaccine when one becomes available has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook. The post text reads: “If the vaccine is so safe and effective why not do our GPs first [sic]Then th
Multiple TikTok and YouTube videos viewed thousands of times claim the United Arab Emirates stopped issuing visas for Pakistanis and other nationals of Muslim countries because of their continued refusal to recognise the state of Israel. The claim, h
“They’re known as ‘man’s best friend’, but if you live with a dog, you may unknowingly be increasing your risk of coronavirus.” Daily Mirror, 17 November 2020. “Walking your pet dog may raise your risk of cat
An image of a purported news report by a Pakistani broadcaster has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook and Twitter in November 2020 alongside a claim that Afghanistan announced a $30 million aid package for Pakistan to support the country during
Whoever that person on the viral call may be, you should know Canadian medical organizations have released statements refuting his comments.
Is it true ages and pre-existing medical conditions for U.S. residents who died from COVID-19 are not available? No, that's not true: the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website shows ages, additional medical conditi
Is Canadian pathologist Dr. Roger Hodkinson correct when he asserts that COVID-19 is "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public" and "just another bad flu"? No, neither of those claims is true: Data from the CDC show th
“Fatalities are barely any higher” Daily Mail, 20 November 2020. In an article titled “What they DON’T tell you about Covid”, the Daily Mail published a chart that claimed the number of weekly deaths is currently “b
The results are based on interim analysis of trials in the U.K. and Brazil of a vaccine developed by Oxford University and manufactured by AstraZeneca.
We’ve been asked by our readers to check claims on whether the government has awarded a contract to create an AI software tool to “process the expected high volume of Covid-19 vaccine Adverse Drug Reaction (ADRs)”. This is correct&mda
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced a statewide curfew, just as a curfew covering 41 counties was also announced by California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Keep your mask on. Preprint studies should always be taken with caution.
A Facebook post has claimed that as the Moderna vaccine for Covid-19 is reporting 94.5% effectiveness, then it is less effective than the survival rate from the disease without a vaccine. The comparison with the reported effectiveness of the Moderna va
The action comes days after Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech announced that its vaccine appears 95% effective at preventing mild to severe COVID-19 disease in a large, ongoing study.
REVIEW Several reports on the findings of a face mask study conducted in Denmark, which was published in the scientific journal Annals of Internal Medicine, went viral on Facebook within a day of publication, receiving a total of more than 18,000
In a tweet, Sen. Rand Paul misleadingly suggested that immunity from “[n]aturally acquired” COVID-19 was better than that from a vaccine. But it’s not known how immunity from the two sources compares — and the entire point of a vaccine is t
REVIEW This video, published on 13 November 2020 by the student activism organization Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), features the historian Tom Woods in a 7 November symposium in Texas. In it, Woods presents the COVID-19 pandemic and the public
The term has been used to describe overbearing government regimes.
“I think we’re getting close, and it’s definitely going to be before Christmas based on the progress,” Dr. Andrew Pollard said in an interview with the BBC.
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Singer Dolly Parton via Instagram acknowledged her $1 million contribution towards COVID-19 research at Vanderbilt University.
Quick Take A report from two dozen experts — including a doctor named to President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board — recommended using existing social service programs to connect people with COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Th
Whether the subject is smoking or COVID-19, social distancing is key.
The country legend dropped a rare piece of good news in 2020.
In a now-deleted tweet, writer and commentator Toby Young claimed that a study reported in the Daily Mail shows that Covid-19’s infection fatality rate (IFR) is 0.1%, a figure comparable to seasonal flu. This tweet incorrectly cited the stu
The announcement, just a week after Pfizer first revealed promising preliminary results, comes as the company is preparing within days to formally ask U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of the vaccine.
Widely-shared posts on Facebook claim that Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, is giving away money, food and other assistance to 10,000 youths who have lost loved ones to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is misleading; the Nigerian billionaire has commi
We’ve been asked whether it is true that GPs will be paid to give people vaccinations. We’ve seen variants of this claim posted in relation to both the flu vaccine and a potential Covid-19 vaccine with some stating that GPs will recei
A video shared hundreds of times on Facebook shows a panel of medical practicioners presenting various claims about Covid-19, with one denying that the pandemic exists and calling the virus “normal flu”. Experts have used scientific evidence repeat
A photo of an article reporting that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “admits there is no Covid-19” has been shared in multiple Facebook posts. The report cites an agency document which explains how a virus test works as its
Does the first study of an effective COVID-19 vaccine show that it only reduces symptoms without stopping transmission? No, that's not true: The transmission part of the study is not complete, so it's too soon to say, either way. But, amo
The possibility was one of a suite of new features designed to facilitate holding live events in the world of COVID-19.
REVIEW A Facebook video published on 15 November 2020 claims that “aborted fetal tissue” is present in the COVID-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, and that the vaccine can change a person’s DNA. Shared by the anti-vacci
It has been claimed on Twitter and Instagram that the ticketing events company Ticketmaster is planning to make it mandatory for people to prove they have had a Covid-19 vaccine in order to attend concerts. This is not correct. In a statemen
Has it been confirmed that cells from an aborted male fetus are in the COVID-19 vaccine? No, that's not true: AstraZeneca's ChAdOx1 vaccine candidate has been tested using MRC-5 cells, which are replications of lung tissue cells taken fro
REVIEW Scientists and news outlets sounded the alarm on the rising number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the U.S in the beginning of November 2020 (see here, here, and here). A 12 November 2020 tweet by NBC News journalist Ali Ve