REVIEW Widespread public health measures have been implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce the spread of the disease. Posts like this meme on Instagram claiming that measures such as vaccination, wearing face masks or gloves, or f
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
Q: Did a recent study in Denmark show that face masks are useless for COVID-19? A: No. The study found that face masks did not have a large protective effect for wearers — not that masks provide no protection at all or don’t offer benefits to
More factors than states' mandatory mask rules play a role in COVID-19 case totals.
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
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 To support its claim, it cites the withdrawal of a preprint (a study that has not yet been peer-reviewed or publish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
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
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.
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
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
Photographs can be misleading, especially if you don't know when they were taken.
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.
REVIEW Facebook posts questioning why people need a flu shot if they always wear face masks began circulating as early as 21 September 2020 and went viral on Facebook (see example). These posts describe a person’s purported conversation with a nur
The post Fact-check: Did the White House block access to face masks in April 2020? appeared first on Poynter.
REVIEW Facebook posts claiming that face masks promote bacterial and fungal overgrowth and lead to skin and oral infections (see examples here, here, and here) went viral in late September 2020. As we explain below, these claims are unsupported as s
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says President Donald Trump has been “clear” in calling for the public to “wear face coverings when you can’t social distance.” The official messaging from the White House has been
A poster that makes multiple claims about the use and legality of face masks during the novel coronavirus pandemic has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook in South Africa. It comes after a high court ruled in June that the country’s lockdown la
In late September 2020, the following image began circulating on social media, purporting to show what sort of bacteria can be cultured in a petri dish after a face mask was worn by a child for twenty minutes, then swabbed: View this p
On Aug. 13, Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden called on all U.S. governors to mandate mask wearing to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
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)
President Trump signed a Memorandum invoking DPA which directed 3M, an American company that produces N95 respirators, to scale up production.
Adding a color background to a baseless statement doesn't make it any more factual.
Did Canada on Sept. 8, 2020, criminalize government measures that require the wearing of masks, as well as social distancing, vaccinations, and other protective measures that help thwart the spread of COVID-19? No, that is not true. The n
People can better convince others to wear masks if they share the fear, loss and uncertainty that motivates their concern rather than use their outrage to shame others.
REVIEW Memes calling into question the effectiveness of face masks in reducing the spread of COVID-19 have been circulating on social media platforms in various forms. Some have asserted that “either masks work or they don’t” and questioned wh
Masks — or lack thereof — at the Republican convention became a point of political partisanship during the 2020 presidential election.