Does this photo accurately portray the appearance of Canadian Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam? No, that's not true: This photo, which originally appeared in the Toronto Star on April 23, 2020, has been digitally altered in sev
In another ominous sign about the spread of the delta variant, Idaho public health leaders expanded health care rationing statewide and individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have enacted similar crisis standards amid a spike in the number o
A Facebook post shows a photograph of a poster claiming it’s safe to feed bread to ducks. The poster suggests the idea that bread makes ducks ill is wrong and has led to the birds “dying of starvation”. It also encourages
Did New South Wales Health, an Australian government health organization, use actors to portray COVID-19 patients in a public health video? No, that's not true: The people featured in the video are real COVID-19 patients. The shortened ne
The president indeed unveiled sweeping requirements for vaccines and testing that could impact as many as 100 million Americans.
One story has dominated headlines this week—the government’s new plan for health and social care and how it plans to fund it by raising National Insurance. So we’ve taken a look at some of the key claims we’ve seen in Parliament
“More than 60 frontline UK healthcare workers took their own life at the beginning of the pandemic.” The i, 9 September 2021. The i newspaper has reported new data claiming to show that 64 frontline healthcare workers died by suicide at th
“Health and social care will devour 40pc of all public spending by next year.” Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2021. “As a result of the latest changes, health is likely to account for 44 per cent of all public spending by 2025, up fro
This is false. These are real patients. Although they look similar to some actors or comedians, they are different people.
Does an Israeli study based on medical records of the Maccabi Healthcare Services HMO prove vaccines are less effective than natural immunity? No, that's not true: While the study does indicate people who survived infection with SARS-CoV-
SciCheck Digest A digital device company is developing gel sensors that would monitor the wearer’s health and could potentially help to detect future outbreaks of disease. But conspiracy theorists are falsely claiming that the sensors are actuall
Did CNN publish an article describing a 40-year-old COVID-19 victim's sentiments toward unvaccinated people? No, that's not true: The satirical story about a severely obese woman who was vaccinated and is now dying from COVID-19 was not p
Does a study say fully vaccinated health care workers carry 251 times the viral load of unvaccinated and pose a threat to unvaccinated patients and co-workers? No, that's not true: This is a distortion of what the published paper actually
Do seven well-known agencies and pharmaceutical companies listed in a social media post not require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19? Partially, that claim is true: but the list lacks context. The agencies and organizatio
A Facebook post says the CEO of Pfizer, Albert Bourla, doesn’t think he needs to be vaccinated because “he’s healthy”. This isn’t true. In December, Mr Bourla gave an interview on CNBC where he said he didn’t want to
The doses could begin the week of Sept. 20.
In August 2021, a viral photo showed a woman in medical scrubs who opposed vaccine mandates, claiming she had treated COVID-19 patients for "573 days" without suffering any harm.
You do not breathe more CO2 while wearing a mask. Some healthcare professionals wear masks all day without adverse health effects.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said richer countries have administered about 100 doses of coronavirus vaccines for every 100 people on average, while low-income countries — hampered by short supplies — have provided only about 1.5
“The best way to avoid COVID altogether is to exercise, eat healthy and let your immune system beat it naturally.”
“60% of patients admitted to the hospital in the UK have been fully vaccinated”
Is a vaccinated person wrong to believe an unvaccinated person is a threat to their health? No, that's not true: No vaccine is 100% effective, so the vaccinated person is still at risk of infection and, at the time the post appeared, unva
Is the United States the only country in the world without universal health care? No, that's not true: At least nine other countries did not have viable universal health care as of 2020. The claim appeared as a meme published in a Faceboo
The department's move came on a day when nearly 60 leading medical and health care organizations issued a call for health care facilities to require their workers to get vaccinated.
Does a Public Health England report on COVID variants show the case fatality rate for the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant is .08 percent and that, compared to the virus that started the pandemic, Delta is not as lethal? No, that's not true: The
The COVID-19 strand was first discovered in Peru and is classified as a Variant of Interest (VOI) by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Does medical research show natural immunity to COVID-19 is stronger than that gained from vaccines, and that those vaccines are ineffective against emerging variants of the virus? No, that's not true: The person making these claims, altho
COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be highly effective, despite setbacks over the easing of lockdown restrictions.
WHO published a report to raise awareness on the harmful effects of alcohol among childbearing women. It has not banned women from consuming alcohol.
REVIEW The development and authorization of COVID-19 vaccines initiated a large worldwide campaign of mass vaccination. As of 25 June 2021, there were 2.79 billion doses administered in the world. In the U.S., 150 million people are already fully va
A proposed global action plan on alcohol consumption put together by the World Health Organization is being criticized after some believed the health agency was effectively trying to ban women “of childbearing age” from being able to drink
In a widely shared video on social media, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, is recorded saying that he is the “proud shareholder of Genomics England”. This has prompted users to raise concerns of a conflict of
Phoenix and other local governments around the Southwest remind people to drink lots of water, stay out of the sun if possible, and take frequent breaks on hot days.
A few years ago, a star athlete dropping out of a major tennis tournament over mental health issues might have been seen as a sign of weakness.
A widely shared video on Facebook makes a number of claims about vaccines which are wrong or need more context. This article does not discuss all of them, but here are a few of the biggest claims made in the video. “Up until now
The B.1.617, first found in India in 2020, is classified as a coronavirus variant of global concern by WHO due to its increased transmissibility.
SciCheck Digest Federal health officials testified at a Senate committee hearing that about 60% of their employees have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far. But viral online posts have distorted their comments to misleadingly claim that half of the
Prince Harry's self-work may be relatively recent but he and older brother William, The Duke of Cambridge, have long championed the importance of mental health.
The highest vaccination rates are concentrated in the Northeast, while the lowest ones are mostly in the South.
The Minnesota Democrat suggested more was being spent on the military than health-care. But actually, it's the opposite.