REVIEW A study in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of Internal Medicine, published at the end of November 2022, generated renewed discussion over the effectiveness of mask-wearing against COVID-19. According to the social media analytics tool Buz
Did USA Today publish an article on November 30, 2022, titled, "Elon Musk's Neuralink implants have killed nearly 3000 monkeys since last December, 98% fatality rate"? No, that's not true: This is not a real USA Today headline and the num
REVIEW Social media posts began circulating in September and November 2022, claiming that COVID-19 doesn’t increase the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis, despite evidence showing otherwise. These are conditions in which the heart becomes infla
REVIEW On 31 October 2022, The Epoch Times released a preview video of an interview with Meryl Nass, an internal medicine physician, as part of its program American Thought Leaders. The full interview was released the following day; the full transcr
REVIEW The claim that German researchers found the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines to cause more side effects in young children began circulating in October 2022. Journalist Alex Berenson made this claim in a Substack post and an Instagram post, while Will J
SciCheck Digest To study the role of the spike protein in the severity of COVID-19 illnesses, researchers exposed 10 mice prone to develop severe disease to a hybrid version of the virus. Eight mice died. Social media posts say researchers created a da
There’s a “coincidental correlation” between COVID-19 vaccines and a spike in cancer in adults younger than 50.
A study showed mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are harmful to infants who are breastfeeding.
SciCheck Digest No evidence suggests it’s dangerous for babies to consume breast milk from mothers who get vaccinated against COVID-19. Online posts, however, have pointed to a study that found temporary, trace amounts of vaccine mRNA in milk aft
On October 3 2022, journalist James Surowiecki tweeted about a “new study” of post-vaccine pandemic mortality, contrasting deaths in Florida and Ohio with voter registrations: New study of almost 600,000 deaths in Ohio and Florida shows t
Does an Oxford University study say COVID-19 vaccination increases the risk of infection by 44 percent? No, that's not true: The figure comes from a small subsection of the study and doesn't represent its overall conclusions. One of the s
The methodology and data used to support this conclusion are highly dubious.
Google and Apple have had to remove hundreds of apps from their app stores at the request of governments around the world.
People’s use of technology in decision-making can subtly, yet fundamentally, shift the way our brains work, according to this group of academics.
Does the regular use of ivermectin to prevent COVID-19 result in up to a 92 percent reduction in the disease's mortality rate and also reduce infection and hospitalization? No, that's not true: The claims about ivermectin were part of wha
REVIEW In early September 2022, many social media posts and articles circulated claiming that a study showed ivermectin reduced COVID-19 mortality by 92%. One example is this article by The Blaze, which received more than 20,000 engagements on socia
Was ivermectin "vindicated (again)" in a peer-reviewed study that showed a 92% reduction in COVID-19 mortality? No, that's not true: The claims about ivermectin were published on an "open science" site where scientists may share findings
The study in question has not been peer reviewed and does not claim a causal link between vaccination and death.
Factually is a newsletter about fact-checking and misinformation from Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network. Sign up here to receive it in your email every other Thursday. A study that dropped last week strongly suggests […] The po
Tea can be part of a healthy diet and people who drink tea may even be a little more likely to live longer than those who don't, according to a large study.
A New England Journal of Medicine study found that vaccinated people are “5X more contagious than the unvaccinated 10 days after SARS-CoV-2 infection.”
That saving is equivalent to about the annual greenhouse gas emissions of every home in the United States.
The study tracked the TV news consumption habits of tens of thousands of American adults each month from 2016 through 2019.
The tactics included displaying cigarettes near snacks, sweets, and sugary drinks.
It's a question that keeps some scientists awake at night: Do spiders sleep?
Did a study find potentially disease-causing bacteria and fungi on face masks? Yes, that's true, but the study's authors only made one recommendation based on their findings and that was for immunocompromised people to avoid repeated use
Some experts have also raised questions about the study itself, which has been shared thousands of times on social media.
REVIEW On 21 July 2022, Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed that “it’s looking likely that [COVID-19] vaccines suppress the immune system”. To support that assertion, Carlson cited a review article by Seneff et al. and a comment in Virology J
Videos promising the latest news from Russia’s war in Ukraine are grabby, urgent and often false. Our deep dive into the habits of two Facebook pages shows how shadowy networks create sensational misinformation, recruiting a bankable following along
The decrease in sperm concentration is temporary and returns to normal after 145 days.
Do a new study and Pfizer documents prove COVID-19 vaccination will cause mass depopulation through infertility and premature death? No, that's not true: The shot temporarily lowers sperm count, much the same as after a "simple viral infe
Certain measures of male fertility in sperm donors was found to temporarily drop between 2.5 and five months after vaccination.
Does an "official study" confirm that COVID-19 shots increase the risk of infection from the virus? No, that's not true: One of the authors of the study, Laith Jamal Abu-Raddad, said the article uses several numbers from the report out of
SciCheck Digest Studies have found that COVID-19 increases the risk for heart complications, and that the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the risks for males and females in all age groups. Social media posts, however, have misinterpreted and
NASA is launching a study of UFOs as part of a new push toward high-risk, high-impact science.
In 2021, U.S. poison control centers received more than 52,000 calls about children consuming worrisome amounts of the dietary supplement — a six-fold increase from about a decade earlier.
Does a new National Institutes of Health study find that long COVID isn't real? No, that's not true: Nowhere in the study do the authors say long COVID, also known as post-acute sequelae of SARS CoV-2 infection (PASC), is fake. Lead stud
Pre-pandemic research by the University of Hull has been misinterpreted to say microplastics found in human lungs were due to face masks.
Did an official study conclude that masks caused more COVID-19? No, that's not true: This is not an official study by a government or medical organization. It is a study written by an individual, Beny Spira, an associate professor of micr