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
A post shared on Facebook says: “There is no “delta variant” - no clinical test can diagnose you with “Delta” and the entire narrative is a media- fabricated scam”. This is incorrect. As we have written before,
A COVID variant that is immune to vaccines has reached Britain Daily Express print edition, 8 September 2021. The Daily Express print edition reported on 8 September that there have been 53 cases of the Mu variant of Covid-19, and described it as a &l
Studies show that Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are more effective than other vaccines in fighting the Delta variant of COVID-19.
A Facebook post authored by someone touting toxicology credentials joined the growing field of inaccurate claims that falsely blame the vaccine for a pandemic that has stretched into a second year. The Aug. 13 post was a screenshot of information tha
A post on Facebook falsely claims that variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes Covid-19, and biological viruses as a whole, do not exist. Viruses exist The post seems to claim that viruses do not exist. This is wholly false. Viruses
Are people vaccinated against COVID-19 "superspreaders," serving as the transmitting vectors for the virus that caused the midsummer 2021 increase in hospitalizations, and did the delta variant and other new forms of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
REVIEW The U.S. initiated a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign in mid-December 2020 after clinical trials showed that COVID-19 vaccines were safe and effective. As of 7 August 2021, more than 166 million people (50.1% of the population) were f
A video claims the different Covid variants have been planned and correspond with stages of sleep hypnosis. The video shows a table with letters of the Greek alphabet under the column “Cepa/variante” (strain/variant) alongside a column titl
We documented a sampling of Facebook posts, comments, and a group that continue to push anti-mask and anti-vaccine rhetoric, as well as COVID denialism.
The “delta” in “delta variant” means “deep sleep.”
With the United States in the midst of a COVID-19 surge driven by the delta variant, a post on Facebook claims that the nation’s top infectious disease expert said that a coronavirus variant can evade detection. The Aug. 1 post looks like a screensh
Researchers have estimated that the Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines are up to 95 percent effective against the Delta variant.
SciCheck Digest Researchers use genomic sequencing — not the clinical tests used to diagnose patients with COVID-19 — to identify and track specific variants of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, including the highly contagious delta varian
Crowds of bikers are rumbling their way towards South Dakota's Black Hills, raising fears that COVID-19 infections will be unleashed among the 700,000 people expected to show up at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
“Fauci just told us they found a (coronavirus) variant that ‘evades the test.’”
In the interview, Fauci stated that the Delta variant is more transmissible. Fauci has consistently emphasized that COVID-19 vaccines are effective.
Did Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, "just" tell us they found a variant that "evades the test?" No, that's not true: The claim about Fauci was made in a tweet in March 2021, five month
A Facebook post featuring a meme with an image of Albert Einstein says that “people are being diagnosed with Delta variant even though there is no Delta variant test”. This isn’t quite right. Although there are no direct Delta v
SciCheck Digest Multiple studies show the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines continue to be effective against the delta variant of the coronavirus, even if the potency of the vaccines is somewhat reduced. But a guest on Fox News falsely claimed the delta
Is it valid to compare the odds of a shark attack to the odds of contracting the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus? No, that's not true: One noted shark expert says a person is 300,000 times more likely to get COVID via the delta varian
SciCheck Digest A conspiracy theory online baselessly suggests that the World Health Organization and other groups preplanned the variants of the novel coronavirus — citing a dubious timeline. But the timeline doesn’t square with the realit
Are the tweets replicating a Florida emergency room doctor's lament over rising Delta variant cases all part of a pro-vaccine propaganda campaign? No, that's not true: Several replicas appear to be part of a gaslighting ploy by anti-vacci
If credible scientists faced an uphill challenge to try to predict COVID-19 mutations, it was unlikely this unsourced meme did it first.
Are all the "I just left the ER...We are officially getting crushed" memes about the COVID-19 Delta variant outbreak part of a fear campaign aimed at the unvaccinated? Not all of them. Some have been altered to refer to a "Ligma" variant,
Can a rise in COVID-19 variants be determined by "test kits" that don't detect variants? No, that's not true: Routine tests for COVID-19 indicate whether a person is infected by the virus; they don't determine which variants have been det
SciCheck Digest An epidemiologist recommended that people get the COVID-19 vaccine because some evidence suggests an unvaccinated person who gets the delta variant is “twice as likely to require hospital treatment” than someone infected wit
Virus mutations occur regardless of vaccination. Vaccines play a significant role in suppressing virus variants.
Virus mutations occur independently of vaccination. Vaccines play a significant role in suppressing variants.
Does a podcaster's online video prove there are no SARS-CoV-2 variants, that there's no pandemic and that COVID-19 isn't a novel disease? No, that's not true: coronavirus conspiracist David Martin's claims fly in the face of the establish
REVIEW On 19 July 2021, a video titled “Delta variant targets vaxxers” was published on the Facebook group TLC4Superteams, run by a chiropractic organization. In the video, chiropractor Jen DePice claimed that a Harvard study showed vaccinated p
Different variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, have emerged since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. Each variant has specific mutations that make it genetically distinct from other variants and from the precursor (wild-type) vi
Does a Public Health England report on COVID variants show the case fatality rate for the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant is .08 percent and that, compared to the virus that started the pandemic, Delta is not as lethal? No, that's not true: The
The Delta variant is a highly-contagious strain of COVID-19.
SciCheck Digest The delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads more quickly than the original virus and has been classified as a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization. It is now the dominant variant in the U.S.
Is the emergence of the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 "fake news"? No, that's not true: The variant, which has been identified in at least 96 countries, is diagnosed by doctors and public health experts as the cause of
Different variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, have emerged throughout 2020 and 2021. Certain kinds of mutations make each variant genetically distinct from the precursor (wild-type) virus and from each other. These genetic differen
If you’ve been paying attention to recent news reports about the coronavirus pandemic, you’ve probably heard public health officials say they’re pleased about the dropping rates of cases and deaths due to vaccination in the United States — but
The COVID-19 strand was first discovered in Peru and is classified as a Variant of Interest (VOI) by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Lambda, also called C.37, first found in Peru and currently classified as a Variant of Interest, has been detected in the U.K.