Is fluoride a toxic chemical that is neither safe or effective at preventing tooth decay? No, that's not true: In the right concentrations fluoride is a safe and effective tool for preventing tooth decay, although overexposure to high lev
REVIEW A TikTok video, which was also shared on Facebook over 17,000 times, wrongly claimed that pods from sweetgum trees can be used as an antiviral treatment as it contains the same ingredient as Tamiflu and suggested that it could treat COVID-19.
Did a medical expert named Dr. Derek Knauss (or Knaus) prove that 1,500 COVID-19 diagnostic tests did not actually contain traces of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but did test positive for influenza A and B? No, that's not true: Lead Stories foun
It’s based on a misreading of a paper that found a different bacteria in the upper respiratory tract of vaccinated mice.
A post on Facebook wrongly suggests that mRNA technology used in two Covid-19 vaccines has also been used in the flu vaccine.
The Mirror suggested that flu was responsible for about one in 10 deaths at the beginning of this year. But these are deaths from flu or pneumonia—not necessarily both.
A 2014 study has been repeatedly used to falsely claim that nasal flu vaccines can cause strep A infections.
A Facebook post claims something’s been added to the nasal flu mist to make children sick. This is false.
Excessive consumption or ingestion of fluoride can cause harm to teeth and bones; however, the amount of fluoride in toothpaste is safe to use.
A Facebook post makes false claims about strep A cases in the UK—the infection is not linked to the nasal flu vaccine, and current fatality rates are not unusual.
SciCheck Digest Several European countries have reported an early spike of group A strep infections, mostly among children, including cases of rare but deadly bacterial infections. There is no evidence the increase is being caused by nasal spray fl
A Facebook post claims that the nasal flu vaccine contains strep bacteria and aluminium, that Covid-19 tests cause cancer and masks cause deoxygenation. None of these are true.
A 2014 study has been widely shared as alleged proof nasal flu vaccines are linked to strep A infections.
There’s no evidence that nasal flu vaccines are driving increased rates of strep A, and the timing of the outbreak doesn’t mean this is the case.
Were there zero influenza cases worldwide in 2021 because flu cases were fraudulently recorded as COVID-19 cases? No, that's not true: Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, flu cases have been categorized separately f
Does wearing socks that contain cut pieces of potato help children combat flu and cold symptoms by absorbing toxins from their bodies? No, that's not true: The American Academy of Pediatrics has rejected this claim as groundless. It's not
There are a record high cases of flu in the U.S. this year, and “last year there were none.”
VigiAccess did not list strep as one of the active ingredients in FluMist. Weakened influenza virus strains in FluMist help fight the virus.
Fluctuating vote count in Fox News coverage of the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff is evidence of voter fraud.
Nasal sprays for the flu are safe to administer to children and are not connected to strep. The claim stems from an anti-vaccine narrative.
There’s no evidence that nasal flu vaccinations are driving increased cases of strep A infections, despite widespread claims on social media.
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
There is no evidence that flu jabs are killing the elderly. Flu vaccines are considered safe and effective.
Does cutting an onion in two, placing the onion halves in your socks and sleeping through the night with them sticking to your feet help combat the flu and cold symptoms by drawing out toxins? No, that's not true: While the National Onion
Were influenza deaths mislabeled as COVID-19 deaths in 2020 to inflate the toll of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic? No, that's not true: Registered deaths attributed to COVID were categorized separately from influenza and pneumonia by national an
Did President Joe Biden's term start immediately after the 2020 election was called, thus influencing Donald Trump's decision to announce a second presidential bid for 2024? No, that's not true: Biden was not formally sworn into office un
Did a U.S.-based cable news network publish a story stating that Russian influencer Hasbulla Magomedov died in a drone strike while fighting in Ukraine? No, that's not true: The story is a satirical fake created to look like a credible ne
REVIEW Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in February 2020, the unfounded narrative that COVID-19 is a hoax or that its severity was exaggerated has persisted on social media, as previous reviews by Health Feedback can attest to. One iteration
SciCheck Digest Seasonal influenza vaccines are recommended because they help prevent illness and death. Dr. Robert Malone incorrectly suggested that the annual shots are only given in the U.S. to support vaccine manufacturing in case of an in
Data and scientific evidence show both COVID-19 and swine flu are natural events that have affected millions.
Do maps of the world show a strong connection between where fluoride is added to drinking water and dementia? No, that's not true: While there is some correlation between countries that fluoridate their drinking water and countries that h
The former minister for Covid vaccine deployment claimed that the Moderna booster protected against Covid-19 and flu.
Do flu shots "contaminated with formaldehyde and polysorbate 80" pose a potential health risk to those vaccinated against influenza? No, that's not true: Some flu shots do contain formaldehyde and polysorbate 80, but the amounts are too m
President Joe Biden sought out deceased Rep. Jackie Walorski on Wednesday during remarks at a hunger conference, saying “Where’s Jackie?"
Are former President Donald Trump and his allies able to "implore" the U.S. military to trigger the Emergency Alert System (EAS), a national public warning system, if they don't like the midterm elections results? No, that's not true: The
Formaldehyde is naturally present in our bodies, and there isn’t enough in vaccines to harm us.
The recipes have shaped the foods that American Jews have eaten, guiding what scholars call “vernacular religion,” or religion as it is lived, writes this University of Michigan historian.
REVIEW Tooth decay is one of the most common preventable childhood diseases. A 2018 report from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics estimated that in 2015 and 2016, tooth decay affected 45.8% of the U.S. population, including 21.4% of the
When COVID-19 and the flu co-infect, it’s ‘flurona.’ But such cases are rare, and there are effective ways to protect yourself from both viruses.
Deepfakes have brought with them a new level of uncertainty around digital media.