Multiple posts shared thousands of times on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram claim that a homeopathy medicine could substitute for oxygen therapy when treating severely ill Covid-19 patients. The posts circulated online in India as it faced a shortage
If you die within 20 days of testing positive for COVID-19 are you therefore added to the pandemic's death toll? No, that's not true: The claim was made with no offer of proof and in apparent ignorance of the systems by which cause of dea
Did the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show the death rate for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is higher than the death rate for those who are not vaccinated? No, that's not true: While some of the data cited wi
REVIEW On 20 April 2021, the New York Post published this article claiming that “herpes infections may be a side effect of a COVID-19 vaccine”. News outlets like Fox News echoed the New York Post article, which received more than 25,000 interact
The crisis in the country of nearly 1.4 billion people was only deepening as overburdened hospitals shut admissions and ran out of beds and oxygen supplies.
A suspected short circuit caused a massive fire at the Vijay Vallabh Hospital in Palgarh, Maharashtra, killing at least thirteen COVID-19 patients.
Twenty-two patients died at a civic hospital in Nashik due to a leak in the oxygen tank.
A police officer said the leak occurred in a pipe connecting the oxygen supply to the main tank in the hospital complex.
REVIEW On 13 April 2021, Collective Evolution published this article claiming that data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows ivermectin reduced COVID-19 mortality and hospitalizations by 81% and 64% respectively, compared to standard of ca
There is no scientific evidence to back the theory that drinking hot coconut water can cure cancer.
Do mRNA vaccines increase the risk of death for COVID-19 patients, provoke immune system over-reactions and turn patients into genetically modified organisms whose own immune systems attack them? No, that's not true: mRNA vaccines do not
A Facebook post claiming the anti-parasite drug ivermectin has been “officially recommended” by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to treat Covid-19 in the US has been shared more than 100 times in South Africa. The claim is false; the NI
The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, has troubling implications. But headlines focusing solely on deaths miss the broader point about "long COVID."
Is there a bill projected to pass on January 6, 2021, that will allow the state of New York to round up COVID patients and put them in camps? No, that's not true: The hype surrounding this bill is not supported by evidence. The New York S
A website alleged a study found "asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 didn't occur at all."
Can COVID-19 patients in quarantine call a CDC hotline to get free groceries and cleaning products delivered to their home? No, that's not true: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control does not have a special fund for home grocery deliveries
Will a Radio Frequency Identification Chip that may be on the ApiJect COVID-19 vaccine syringes be injected into patients and would it track who has been vaccinated and where they are? No, that's not true: The tiny RFID chips would be pla
The FDA wrote: "The observed frequency of reported Bell’s palsy in the vaccine group is consistent with the expected background rate in the general population."
The Andhra Pradesh state government said that investigations by experts from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences have not been able to ascertain the source of excessive nickel and lead particulate matter in the patients’ blood.
Two large recent studies show that people hospitalized for COVID-19 in March were more than three times as likely to die as people hospitalized for COVID–19 in August.
A photo has been shared repeatedly in multiple Facebook posts and in an online article alongside a claim it shows suspected coronavirus patients fleeing a quarantine centre-bound bus after a road accident in Sri Lanka. The claim, however, is mislea
Instagram posts claim that the influenza vaccine will give patients the coronavirus. This is false; the chart provided as evidence is from a study which did not find that the flu shot is spreading the deadly virus, and Immunize Canada and the British C
https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/01/politics/andrew-cuomo-nursing-homes-fact-check/index.html New York Gov.
A Texas doctor’s claim that he has cured more than 75 patients for COVID-19 for no more than $50 spread widely around Facebook and YouTube before apparently being removed from both platforms. Dr. Brian Procter first drew attention through a phot
A purported image of children with limb deformities has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook posts published in 2020 alongside a claim it shows the aftermath of vaccine trials on Africans. The claim is false; the photo, taken in 1998 in t
Multiple Facebook and Twitter posts shared hundreds of times in June 2020 claim that people in China have stopped going to hospitals for COVID-19 treatment and instead "kill the virus with heat" through "steam inhalation"; "hot gargles" and "hot tea"
REVIEW An article which has received more than hundreds of thousands of interactions on Facebook claimed that cannabis could prevent or cure SARS-CoV-2 infection. The article states that scientific results experimentally indicate that certain cannab
We’ve been asked by readers whether it was government policy on 19 March to send hospital patients back into care homes, without making it mandatory for them to be tested for Covid-19. This is correct. There was no requirement to test all patient
PolitiFact and MediaWise are teaming up to debunk misinformation about the coronavirus crisis. To have Coronavirus Facts delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click here. An alarming video features a woman with a dire message from the front lines of N
Bureaucratic hurdles appeared to have prevented a hospital ship in New York City from being fully used.
REVIEW The claim that autopsies in Italy prove that COVID-19 is not pneumonia but disseminated intravascular coagulation began circulating from mid-April 2020 onwards on various platforms such as Whatsapp, YouTube and Facebook in several languages s
Viral posts claimed that proposed legislation by U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush would supersede constitutional rights during the coronavirus disease pandemic.
On May 3 2020, Twitter user Bess Kalb tweeted that her father, an intensive care unit doctor, claimed that COVID-19 damaged blood and vascular systems of victims like “sticking your finger in an electric socket”: My dad is an ICU doctor
Questions were raised on cable news about whether hospitals have financial incentives to diagnose patients with COVID-19.
Are hospitals compensated 15% more for COVID-19 patients under the stimulus package -- and, with that financial incentive, are New York City hospitals inflating their coronavirus numbers? No, this is misleading: According to the bill passed by
Administrators at a California hospital said the masks weren’t necessary and didn’t provide them to nurses caring for COVID-19 patients.
President Donald Trump once again touted hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. This time, the president falsely claimed that “people with lupus” who take hydroxychloroquine “aren’
Was President Trump accurate when he stated that a study showed that lupus patients aren't catching the novel coronavirus? No, that's not true: The Lupus Foundation of America warns that people with the autoimmune disease are at a higher risk
As the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic became more omnipresent in American life in mid-March 2020, Twitter and Instagram rumors about coronavirus patients with high body mass indices being denied ventilator treatment began to spread. On Twitter on March
In early April 2020, alarming news spread across social media — that Emergency Medical Services teams in New York City and on Long Island were given orders not to transport any patients who could not be resuscitated in the field: Just heard a