As people grapple with America’s infant formula shortage, some social media users have started sharing homemade recipes, telling frantic parents who can’t find food for their babies that they can make […] The post Making homemade baby formul
Homemade baby formula recipes offer a ‘viable option’ during U.S. shortage
Says people can follow a 1960 recipe for homemade baby formula as a workaround during the current shortage.
Should parents make and feed homemade baby formula to their infants if they can't find or afford it? No, that's not true: For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Infant Nutrition
An April 26 2022 Facebook post featuring an emergency “homemade baby formula” recipe spread virally on platforms as a baby formula shortage worsened — and as experts pleaded with parents not to experiment with diluted or homemade form
It's hard to pull off a “Tom Sawyer adventure” in real life.
Is this weed-killing recipe that uses vinegar, Epsom salt and Dawn Dish Soap a safe and proven home remedy to kill weeds? No, that's not true: While this recipe might cause sprayed plants to shrivel and turn brown, it is not proven to wor
Multiple Facebook posts shared repeatedly in January 2021 claim to reveal a recipe for hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug. The posts claim the drug is an alternative treatment for Covid-19, negating the need for Covid-19 vaccines. The posts g
Are chemical mixtures made at home comparable to vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? No, that's not true: Vaccines, which mostly consist of weakened or killed viruses or bacteria to boost the body's immune re
Given the wide variety of unregulated face coverings that people are now wearing, how do we know which is most effective?
On March 20 2020, KOMO anchor Mary Nam shared a photograph of a person wearing a surgical mask (a form of personal protective equipment, or PPE, known to be in short supply due the coronavirus pandemic), and put out a call for anyone who knows how to
As the coronavirus spread in 2020, a fierce outbreak of bad advice took hold online.
Police say the explosion was a terrorist attack, but none of the victims are thought to have life-threatening injuries.
In May 2022, news and discussion about a formula shortage in the United States ticked upward — but the severity of the issue and its implications were rarely clear in broad reporting. Complicating matters were the narrow and uneven — but no
On April 4 2022, a Facebook user shared an image and a post about The Landlord’s Game, on which popular board game Monopoly was purportedly based. Alongside two images of The Landlord’s Game, the author explained similarities and differen
Can hydroxychloroquine be made at home by boiling grapefruit and lemon peels in water? No, that's not true: This claim is "totally false," Dr. Joseph Fortunak, professor of chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences at Howard University, told
A limited-time offer in December 2021 promised to reimburse 18,000 people to replace their homemade cheesecake with a different dessert.
REVIEW The wearing of face masks is one of the public health measures that has been adopted to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Multiple scientific studies have shown that mask-wearing is effective in reducing the number of infections. COVID-19 is tra
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a raging — sometimes ill-informed — debate over the effectiveness of face masks as protection against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Sen. Ted Cruz has falsely tried to label “every single” Senate Democrat as “supporting abolishing the police,” based on a misleading interpretation of the words of two of President Joe Biden’s nominees. Both nominees said in confirmation
On 22 November 2020, an article titled “Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis”, authored by Baruch Vainshelboim, was published in the journal Medical Hypotheses. Outlets like American Conservative Movement, Tech Startups, and G
Biden has asked the Department of Justice to draft rules to limit the use of homemade or improvised firearms in the U.S.
Spanish police announced that they seized a homemade narco-submarine able to carry up to 2 metric tons (2.2 tons) of cargo.
Police in the province of North Holland said in a statement that forensic investigations revealed that the blast was caused by a “homemade device” that exploded close to the glass façade of the test center.
Quick Take Headlines shared on social media distort the facts of a recent order by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that mandates face masks be worn on public transportation. The order doesn’t require that individuals wear two masks
Richard and Mayumi Heene reported their 6-year-old son had floated away in an homemade UFO-shaped silver helium balloon in 2009.
REVIEW An article published by The Federalist on 29 October 2020 claims that face masks are ineffective at reducing the spread of COVID-19. In support of its claim, the article cites several scientific studies and shows 12 graphs comparing COVID-19
Around October 29 2020, a purported Nutella Puerto Rico (@NutellaPR) Halloween post — an apparent screengrab from Facebook or Instagram featuring Ku Klux Klan-like ghosts — began circulating on Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook: Some posts ab
Did an anti-mask group of doctors prove its claim that masks are "irrelevant" to the prevention of COVID-19? No, that's not true: The 19 people in white lab coats who stood in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to make the claim did not prov
Did a mother publish photos of her baby along with a plea for the public to share the post and wish him a Happy Birthday? No, that's not true: These photos were taken from the mother's blog without permission and are being used as "engage
In mid-2020, a purported photograph of “cannabis ice cream” circulated on Facebook as a mildly engagement-baiting poll asking whether readers were for or against the putative dessert: Earlier iterations of the image featured the
REVIEW Memes appeared on Facebook in late August 2020 claiming that cloth masks are ineffective at reducing virus transmission because smoke particles are larger than virus particles and cannot be filtered by cloth masks (see examples here and here)
Does a seeming dichotomy of face masks' effectiveness -- if masks work, let families visit loved ones in hospitals and nursing homes; if masks don't work, don't make children wear them -- mean "someone is lying"? No, that's not true. Mask
Quick Take Facebook posts are using out-of-context photos to suggest Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, are not abiding by public health recommendations regarding face masks. The photos are from early Ma
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, readers have been asking us whether alleged cures or treatments for the coronavirus are real or not. It’s important to note that, currently, there is no approved vaccine for Covid-19. In the UK only
REVIEW A video by Peggy Hall, who runs a lifestyle website, made numerous claims about mask safety, which went viral in June 2020, receiving more than 1.8 million views on Facebook. An article promoting the video, published by GreenMedInfo, separate
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,
Is a card claiming to exempt the holder from wearing a face mask in public the real deal, sanctioned by the government? No, that's not true: the anti-mask meme circulating on social media is full of mistakes. It claims to have the backing of t
On April 29 2020, a post titled “Wear Your Mask: The Urine Test” appeared on r/funny (and soon r/all), aiming to explain the purpose of masks during the coronavirus pandemic to pants in the presence of a person uncontrollably urinating eve
Does the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that healthy people not wear facemasks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavius? No, that's not true: The CDC revised its facemask guidelines in early April after studies indic