A statement describing the error came days after the company described the shots as “highly effective.”
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
An article in the Spectator by Professor Carl Heneghan and Tom Jefferson from the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine claimed that a new study from Denmark shows that wearing face masks “does not significantly reduce the rates of [Covid-19]
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 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 To support its claim, it cites the withdrawal of a preprint (a study that has not yet been peer-reviewed or publish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 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
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
Chances of contracting COVID-19 in a flight are relatively low if an airline vigilantly follows mask mandates and practices social distancing.
The study, which was not peer-reviewed, found that four treatments tested — including remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine — had “ little or no effect" on whether or not patients died within about a month or whether hospitalized patients recovered.
The study published in Nature Medicine modeled "excess mortality" in 19 European countries, New Zealand, and Australia to compare the effectiveness of counter-measures.
Independent monitors have paused enrollment in a study testing the COVID-19 antiviral drug remdesivir plus an experimental antibody therapy being developed by Eli Lilly.
Did Harvard researchers conclude that men must have sex at least 21 times a month to avoid prostate cancer? No, that's not true: A Harvard study did suggest there is a benefit of lower risks of prostate cancer linked to a higher frequency
Johnson & Johnson is beginning a huge final study to try to prove if a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine can protect against the virus.
The company is investigating whether a recipient's "potentially unexplained" illness is a side effect of the shot.
Did a "massive international study" show a much lower COVID-19 mortality rate in countries where hydroxychloroquine was prescribed to patients? No, that's not true: The "C19study" is not a massive international study. It is an anonymous c
SUMMARY The article in CNN discusses findings from a study published August, 2020 that analyzes trends of ice discharge from the Greenland Ice Sheet over the past three decades. Reports on this study were also published by Reuters and Phys.org, r
“Children are ‘silent super-spreaders’ of coronavirus, scientists warn.” The Daily Mirror, 20 August 2020 “Coronavirus carrier children ‘silent super-spreaders’ with high viral loads, study finds.” The D
REVIEW On 5 August 2020, an “analysis” comparing COVID-19 mortality rates in countries with different practices regarding the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat the disease started circulating in social media posts on Facebook and Twitter. In th
Overall, even a lengthy lockdown will have a surprisingly small impact on the global climate.
Americans who use social media for their news consumption are less likely to follow and understand news about the elections or the coronavirus, according to a new study from Pew Research Center’s American News Pathways project. Researchers analyzed d
Did a study conclude that face mask wearers have a lower IQ? No, that's not true: This is a satirical claim published on a website that trolls conservatives. The study is fictional. Lead Stories does not fact check satire, but we published thi
Did a study find a diet heavy with kimchi -- spicy fermented cabbage and other vegetables -- helped lower South Korea's COVID-19 fatalities? No, that's not true. A claim that has gone viral asserts that a study proved a connection between kimc
Did a DNA study find that Chihuahuas are not dogs, but are "a type of large rodent"? No, that's not true: A meme making the claim is a screenshot of a real search result, but the details are from a 2004 satirical article. There is no research
Scientists, health care professionals, and elected officials assailed the report for flawed methodology and selective stats that sidestepped the actual impact of the March 25 order.
“Nearly 99 per cent of Covid-19 patients who are vitamin D deficient die, according to a terrifying study” Mail Online, 17 June 2020 “The results revealed 98.9 percent of infected patients who suffer with a vitamin D deficiency lost
SUMMARY The article in The Guardian misleadingly claims that the latest generation of climate models are more sensitive to carbon emissions than scientists previously thought. Instead, reviewers of this article state that the best estimate of climat
A genetic analysis of COVID-19 patients suggests that blood type might influence whether someone develops severe disease.
REVIEW An article published in 2019 which went viral in June 2020 claims that the city of Brussels, Belgium, had stopped the rollout of 5G technology “due to [its] negative health effects”. The article further claims that published data “overwhe
The May 22 report in Lancet was on hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, drugs long used for preventing or treating malaria but whose safety and effectiveness for COVID-19 are unknown.
SUMMARY A study published on 28 May 2020 has been used to support a claim shared in articles and social media posts on Facebook and Instagram that unvaccinated children are healthier than vaccinated children. As is typical for this type of claim,
REVIEW A meme being spread by Facebook posts in late May 2020 states that a study which “exposed” an asymptomatic COVID-19 carrier to 455 people found that none of the 455 people were infected. Some of the earliest instances of the meme were sha
Malaria drugs pushed by President Donald Trump as treatments for the coronavirus did not help and were tied to a greater risk of death and heart rhythm problems in a new study of nearly 100,000 patients around the world.
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-vulnerable-populations-misinformation.html As the COVID-19 pandemic threa
Cancer deaths have dropped more in states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act than in states that did not, new research reveals.
SUMMARY The article in Business Insider discusses findings from a study published May, 2020 that projected one to three billion people could live in much warmer climates by 2070, assuming migration is limited and greenhouse gas emissions remain high
New York City's death toll from the coronavirus may be thousands of fatalities worse than the tally kept by the city and state, according to an analysis released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Did President Barack Obama award $3.7 million to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2015 to study the coronavirus that has grown into a global pandemic? No, that is not true: Government documents show that the money -- actually about $3.4 mill
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned against its use for coronavirus infections except in formal studies.