For starters, the "police bulletin" was not a real police bulletin.
Do respirator masks prescribed to reduce viral spread contain nano-robot parasites called Morgellons? No, that's not true: "Nano" describes structures one billionth of a meter across, which makes the video images impossible, since it show
The White House announced Wednesday that the masks will come from the government's Strategic National Stockpile.
Those kinds of masks are considered better at filtering the air.
A joke from TikTok about wearing masks in Zoom meetings is being shared on Facebook, where some users seem to believe that it is real. The Facebook post includes a screenshot of an email, which says: “Team, I am writing you all today to inform yo
A fear of masks often manifests in one's inability to recognize satire.
Previously, U.S. and European health authorities didn't recommend mask-wearing. However, we now know mask-wearing can reduce COVID-19 transmission.
A post on Instagram claims that “masks do nothing but limit oxygen and increase risk of bacteria and illness”, warning parents not to put masks on their children. The post contains a quote from Dr Brian Lamb, a doctor based in Pittsbu
As long as masks are regularly washed or disposed, experts say there is no evidence to suggest it increases chance of bacterial infections.
Did CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen say, "Don't wear a cloth mask. Cloth masks are little more than facial decorations"? Yes, she did say that when speaking about the possibility of New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio canceling the New Y
Did the mayor of River City, California, make a proclamation that all dogs must wear face masks to protect them from getting sick or else their owners will be cited by police and fined? No, that's not true: The River City, California, Pol
The Republican senator mischaracterized one scientific study and ignored all the others.
A post on Instagram claims a Stanford study has shown face masks are ineffective at blocking Covid-19 viral particles. We have written about the study cited before. The author was not affiliated with Stanford University and the paper was strewn with ba
“Mask-wearing cuts Covid incidence by 53%, says global study”. The Guardian, 18 November 2021. The Guardian, New Scientist and Forbes have reported that a new study found wearing a mask cuts the risk of Covid-19 by 53%. This isn’t wh
Scientific evidence shows that masks can suppress the transmission of COVID-19 by preventing respiratory droplets from infecting others.
Scam artists are using Amazon to send people face masks laced with “something toxic.”
A video interview of a funeral director from Milton Keynes has been shared on social media. The video contains a lot of false or misleading information about the Covid-19 pandemic including false claims about facemasks, use of midazolam, death rates an
These unsolicited packages were likely part of a "brushing scam."
Does this video of an air quality monitor's danger signal prove it is unhealthy to wear one of the surgical masks recommended to slow the spread of COVID-19? No, that's not true: The screen on the gadget in the video, according to the use
In recent months, some European airlines have banned the use of cloth face coverings to control the spread of the coronavirus during air travel, instead favoring surgical masks — sometimes referred to as medical or disposable — and N95 respirat
In this special investigation, we also found nearly 100 comparisons of mask-wearing to Nazi Germany in the Let Them Breathe Facebook group.
A viral video uses a demonstration with a child to claim that the cloth masks used to fight the spread of COVID-19 are unsafe for children. It’s a new version of a claim that’s been debunked. “People make the same mistakes each time, and the
Millions of children return to classes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland today amid fears of a similar spike in Covid cases to Scotland - as 23% of parents of secondary pupils will insist their children wear masks. Mail Online, 6 September 2021.
"If there were complete public co-operation, a combined offensive of the whole community would soon stamp out the evil," the San Francisco Chronicle wrote of the 1918 flu pandemic.
Masks and gloves used to contain COVID-19 are not considered infectious waste and can be disposed of as trash.
Is wearing a face mask to prevent the transmission of an airborne virus as ineffective as building a chain-link fence to keep mosquitos out of a yard? No, that's not true: This is a misleading analogy, but it was made as a joke. The gapin
Did CNN praise the Taliban for wearing masks in Afghanistan? No, that's not true: The image of a CNN chyron claiming Taliban fighters were wearing masks as they attacked is fake -- it is from the Babylon Bee, a conservative satire website
A fake CNN graphic ripped from a satire website went viral without attribution or disclaimers.
REVIEW It’s been over a year since the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began advising individuals to wear masks in public to help limit the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus respons
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.
YouTube suspended U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for seven days and removed a video posted by the Kentucky Republican that claimed cloth masks don't prevent infection, saying it violated policies on COVID-19 misinformation.
The showdowns have drawn in the White House and landed in courtrooms where judges have so far allowed school mask requirements in two states.
Georgia, like most states, is leaving it up to local schools to decide whether to require face coverings.
You do not breathe more CO2 while wearing a mask. Some healthcare professionals wear masks all day without adverse health effects.
“Wearing masks has not been demonstrated to make a significant impact in preventing the spread of COVID.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis downplayed a spike in COVID-19 cases that’s shattered state hospitalization records and strongly reiterated his vow not to impose a mask mandate or any business restrictions.
Broadway theatergoers will need to prove they've been vaccinated for COVID-19 and masks will be required when theaters reopen in the coming weeks.
Factually is a newsletter about fact-checking and misinformation from Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network. Sign up here to receive it on your email every Thursday. Masked mania The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its
Even vaccinated individuals should be wearing masks in areas of high transmission rates.