REVIEW To date, there have been 95 million cases and two million deaths from COVID-19 worldwide. To curb the spread of the disease, several governments initiated massive vaccination campaigns using some of the recently developed and approved vaccine
REVIEW So far, the 2020-2021 flu season has seen fewer cases than in previous years, leading to allegations that flu cases are being misdiagnosed as COVID-19. These claims started circulating on social media in late 2020 and early 2021, including th
“Coronavirus rates among teachers are 333% above the average.” Claudia Webbe MP, 10 January 2020. Claims that Covid-19 infections among teachers are up to 333% above the average have been going viral on Twitter. The claim comes from an art
Top national security agencies in a rare joint statement confirmed that Russia was likely responsible for a massive hack of U.S. government departments and corporations.
The California Democrat has a reputation as a formidable vote-counter and wily deal-cutter.
Top Washington negotiators, propelled by a late-night agreement on the last major obstacle to a COVID-19 economic relief package, said a Sunday agreement is all but inevitable to deliver long-overdue pandemic aid of almost $1 trillion.
REVIEW A viral meme published on Facebook in mid-December 2020 claims that “The flu is not a season! It is an inability to adapt due to decreased sun exposure and water intake, combined with increased sugar intake and stress.” This claim predate
Did Rudy Giuliani say "it's highly likely that all these people that have contracted the China Virus got it from having sex with barnyard animals"? No, there's no evidence he ever said that. Searches on Google and Twitter turned up no ins
Will taking a COVID-19 vaccine kill you or lead to "debilitating" illness? No, that's not true: There is an abundance of evidence to the contrary. For one, between the two farthest along and most robust vaccine trials out of Moderna and P
Keep in mind, snacking on the conclusions of one study cannot replace a complete diet of nuanced and evolving information.
Several reports suggest that the rate of African American death due to gun homicide is ten times more than that of other races or ethnicities.
Social media users and online articles claim that 132,000 ballots from Georgia’s Fulton County may be ineligible, which would likely tip a state where Joe Biden is in the lead to Donald Trump. But the county’s registration and elections director de
This appeared to be an example of what we'll call a "misinformation ouroboros" endless loop.
Have 132,000 ballots in Fulton County, Georgia, been identified as likely ineligible? No, that's not true: Officials in that county characterized the claim as "false and baseless." The claim appeared in an article (archived here) publishe
In Fulton County, even if one moves to a different address and haven't updated it, they can still vote from their old precinct and their vote is valid
States with over 100% eligible voter registration is not unusual as many do not regularly update their voter rolls. This does not lead to voter fraud.
Did someone who couldn't afford health care under Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act get penalized $10,000, which was then used to pay for others' free health care? And is it true that Trump "ended that theft?" This is a mixture of false
The big media event of the week — well, as far as we know as of now — is Tuesday night’s presidential debate. Fox News’ Chris Wallace will moderate the first of three scheduled presidential debates. (There also will be one vice presidential deb
REVIEW On 14 September 2020, the Chinese virologist Li-Meng Yan published a a pre-print (an unpublished draft of a science paper) on the website Zenodo claiming to provide evidence that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was created in a la
No media, print or broadcast, has reported that Indian firms are interested in acquiring PUBG and this game has been banned by the Indian government.
Jacob Blake, the Black man shot multiple times by police in Wisconsin, is paralyzed, and it would “take a miracle” for him to walk again, his family’s attorney said.
“People over 6ft have double the risk of coronavirus, study suggests.” The Telegraph, 28 July 2020 “People who are over 6ft tall are twice as likely to catch coronavirus, study claims.” The Daily Mirror, 28 July 2020 “Doe
A viral Facebook post compares the number of Covid-19 deaths in the UK with the number in Spain, saying it is wrong to suggest that Spain is “in worse shape than the UK.” This follows the decision by the government in July to remove Spain f
REVIEW A July 2020 post on Quora, which is a question-and-answer website, went viral on Facebook after users began sharing screenshots or copies of the original post (see an example here). The post’s author, Franklin Veaux, attempts to answer the
It came as many states — particularly in the Sunbelt — struggled to cope with the surge and governments worldwide tried to control fresh outbreaks.
Did U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos say that "only" .02% of kids are likely to die when they go back to school during the pandemic and if that happened it would result in 14,740 dead students? No, that's not true: Lead Stories could find
Did no one want to share the birthday photo of this grandmother on her 120th birthday? Or the one of that baby with the handicap? Or the dead mother? No, that's not true: these kinds of deceptive stories are often a ruse with the sole purpose
Twenty-six percent of nonwhite New Yorkers say a family member or close friend has died from COVID-19, compared with just 10% of white adults in New York City.
Did former Vermont state Sen. Mary Ann Carlson say that people who have guns "are pretty likely to commit a crime" and they should be arrested "before they commit crimes"? No, that's not true: The quote contradicts confirmed statements from Ca
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-vulnerable-populations-misinformation.html As the COVID-19 pandemic threa
The court’s major clash over presidential accountability could affect the 2020 presidential campaign, especially if a high court ruling leads to the release of personal financial information before Election Day.
A train likely belonging to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been parked at his compound on the country’s east coast since last week, satellite imagery showed,
The delay by the first country to face the new coronavirus came at a critical time — the beginning of the outbreak.
“Anyone who assumes we’re going to get a sharp snapback in activity isn’t thinking about how consumers are going to feel,” said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Markit.
The Vermont senator, who once had a strong lead, announced he will suspend his campaign.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics would be necessary if the games cannot be held in a complete way because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Do hair weaves and lace front wigs that were made in China contain the novel coronavirus? No, that is not likely: There is very little chance that the coronavirus could be spread from contact with these surfaces, and there are no known cases o
Hidden in the middle of a story about the effects of social media disinformation on a pregnant woman is a statistic that might give readers pause, but it is chilling — and accurate. The information was part of a February 20 2020 NBC News story o
Two U.S. officials said it was “highly likely” that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile downed a Ukrainian jetliner late Tuesday, killing all 176 people on board.