More factors than states' mandatory mask rules play a role in COVID-19 case totals.
A viral tweet with a video read: "They’re telling us to social distance & wear mask! But as you can see... they’re not! It’s all lies to control us!"
Did a Danish study show mask-wearing has a statistically insignificant impact on COVID-19 infection and "basically doesn't do a damn thing"? No, that's not true: Both the study authors and an editorial in the journal where it was publishe
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
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
Whitmer has a gold-colored jacket that she frequently wears, a fact that was exploited to spread misinformation.
REVIEW This article, written by Daniel Horowitz and published by The Blaze on 16 November 2020, claims that “masks don’t work.” To support its claim, it cites the withdrawal of a preprint (a study that has not yet been peer-reviewed or publish
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
REVIEW Misinformation about mask use has circulated since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Claims that wearing face masks increase the risk of infection are not new and were previously found to be inaccurate, as reported in Health Feedback re
Face masks with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, help slow the coronavirus spread.
Richard Grenell, an envoy for US President Donald Trump, tweeted that Democratic candidate Joe Biden wears a mask outside but not on aircraft, including two photos as evidence. But the image of a maskless Biden on a plane is from 2019, before health au
A genuine photograph was circulated with a disingenuous claim.
A viral tweet from Richard Grenell, former acting director of national intelligence, claimed to show Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden not wearing a mask while on a plane:Richard Grenell @RichardGrenellWashington, DC phony! @JoeBiden doesnR
Does a photo circulating on Twitter prove Joe Biden wears a mask outdoors but not on a plane amid the COVID-19 outbreak? No, that's not true. Richard Grenell, the former US Ambassador to Germany under President Trump, tweeted two photos o
Do blue masks cause symptoms similar to COVID-19 because they are sprayed with PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene)? No, that's not true: Medical experts said only some masks are sprayed with PTFE, but those that are would not be a concern at t
This week, the Teen Fact-Checking Network covered the 2020 presidential election and coronavirus with four claims. The internet asked if Democratic senators attended a hearing without masks, if poll worker markings invalidate ballots, if the flu is mor
Masks definitely aren't responsible for mass deaths today.
A post on Facebook has claimed that disposable masks are sprayed with Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) - also known as Teflon - and that exposure to this can lead to symptoms including fever, chest tightness, shortness of breath, headache, cough, c
Posts based on a video by a German neurologist have been shared thousands of times on Facebook making several claims about the alleged dangers of wearing face masks, notably that rebreathing oxygen in the mask leads to neurological damage. According to
REVIEW A 22 September 2020 video that makes several inaccurate claims about the COVID-19 pandemic went viral on Facebook in late October, receiving more than 35,000 interactions on the platform, according to the social media analytics tool CrowdTang
That estimate was made by the University of Washington and was repeated by Tom Frieden, who led the CDC under President Barack Obama.
A claim posted on Twitter says that most deaths in the 1918 influenza pandemic originated from bacterial pneumonia caused by face masks and that Dr Anthony Fauci, the US government’s top expert in the fight against Covid-19, knew about it. This is fa
Did Dr. Anthony Fauci -- a leader of the U.S. government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic -- write a research study in 2008 that proves the unmasked buried the masked during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic and that masks were the reason
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
Chances of contracting COVID-19 in a flight are relatively low if an airline vigilantly follows mask mandates and practices social distancing.
Did Pennsylvania state officials order hunters to wear orange face masks in the field? No, that's not true: The Pennsylvania Game Commission said it has not issued such an order. A similar claim for New York hunters also is not true. The
Did New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo order all hunters in the state to wear an orange face mask while in the field? No, that's not true: There have been no announcements from the governor's office or the state agency that regulates hunters that
U.S. President Donald Trump amplified misunderstanding when he claimed on live television that “85% of the people that wear masks catch [COVID-19].”
President Trump misleadingly quoted the CDC report. The report does not state that 85% of the mask wearers contract COVID-19.
Did a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report conclude masks are not effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19? No, that's not true: The study concluded new safety measures are needed at dining establishments because e
Was Nancy Pelosi recently photographed being escorted out of a building, drunk and maskless? No, that's not true: This photo of Nancy Pelosi was taken on a 2016 shopping outing in Hartford, Connecticut, in a time before people would be we
Photographs can be misleading, especially if you don't know when they were taken.
REVIEW Misinformation aimed at discouraging mask use has been prolific during the COVID-19 pandemic, as detailed in several reviews by Health Feedback. Another claim that masks do not work or that they make people more likely to have COVID-19 began
If your time is short The post inaccurately summarizes a CDC report. In reality, the report found a correlation between regular mask wearing and lower COVID-19 transmission. Scientific studies have consistently found that face-mask use is one of the mo
An image shared on social media purportedly shows Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in Washington, D.C. without masks.
Did President Trump say he caught COVID-19 by forgetting to wear a mask at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Florida? No, that's not true: The claim was made in a satire article that used a satire photo from 2016. It is a real photo, but features a
The second lady appeared on stage at the vice presidential debate without a mask — but that isn't the complete story.
This is yet another example of the president spreading misinformation over Twitter.
An image has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook and Instagram posts that claim it shows bacteria growth that was collected from a face mask after a person wore it for just 20 minutes. The claim is misleading; microbiologists told AF
President Donald Trump staged a dramatic return to the White House after leaving the military hospital where he has been receiving an unprecedented level of care for COVID-19.