As coronavirus vaccination rates rise and the United States opens up after a lengthy pandemic, one of the emerging flashpoints involves elite sports. The questions sports teams and leagues are facing are the same types of questions that are puzzling bu
As COVID-19 case rates and deaths drop to levels not seen since the first days of the outbreak, President Joe Biden is proclaiming “a summer of freedom” to celebrate Americans resuming their pre-pandemic lives.
REVIEW On 1 June 2021, Washington Post and Buzzfeed News published reports on several thousands of emails sent by Anthony Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The emails, sent during the first half o
European Union lawmakers endorsed a new travel certificate that will allow people to move between European countries without having to quarantine or undergo extra coronavirus tests.
In order to predict and prevent future pandemics like COVID-19, researchers need to find the origin of the viruses that cause them.
Does microbiologist Stefan Lanka prove that virology is not based on scientific methods? No, that's not true: The known conspiracy theorist and debunked anti-vaccination activist gives no evidence that an experiment "refutes the theory on
It’s not only watermelon that can become infected by the virus.
The release of thousands of emails to and from U.S. infectious disease chief Dr. Anthony Fauci has fueled claims that the virus behind COVID-19 was man-made. BuzzFeed and The Washington Post received the emails in response to a Freedom of Informatio
On 16 and 17 April 2021, the Health and Freedom Conference was held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, an event organized by entrepreneur Clay Clark that was attended by over 4,000 people. The aim of the conference was to criticize the measures taken in response to t
This is a new one. Instead of the established understanding that vaccines help reduce the spread of COVID-19, and thereby decrease the likelihood that the virus will be able to mutate enough to create new variants, a new claim circulating online posits
Californians headed to campgrounds, beaches, and restaurants over the long holiday weekend as the state prepared to shed some of its coronavirus rules.
REVIEW On 13 May 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals. Among the changes was the recommendation that “fully vaccinated people no longer
Multiple Facebook and Twitter posts claim the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of 50,000 daily deaths in India as it battles a surge in Covid-19 cases. The claim is false: the WHO said it did not issue the purported warning; its daily tal
Multiple Facebook posts have shared parts of a study by US-based scientists that analysed spike proteins of the novel coronavirus. The posts suggest the study is evidence that some Covid-19 vaccines could be harmful. The claim is misleading: both the r
Hours after clashing with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at a Senate hearing Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci called Paul’s claim that the National Institutes of Health had funded “gain-of-function research” in Wuhan “preposterous” in an interview with Pol
REVIEW On 5 May 2021, Canada’s health ministry authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in children aged between 12 to 15. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to do the same soon and the European Medicines Age
REVIEW In little more than a year, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused 3,2 million deaths worldwide, 577,000 of them in the U.S. Still, false claims that the virus doesn’t exist and that the pandemic is a hoax continue circulating on social media. On
After more than a year of fretting over her 13-year-old son with a rare liver disease, Heather Ousley broke into tears when she learned that he and millions of other youngsters could soon be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
A video viewed hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter features a purported doctor claiming that gargling an antiseptic prevents Covid-19 infection. The claim is false, according to health experts.
India's official count of coronavirus cases surpassed 20 million Tuesday, nearly doubling in the past three months.
A video showing health workers singing in an empty hospital ward has been shared tens of thousands of times on Facebook alongside a claim it portrays the “truth” of the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil. The claim is misleading: the clip shows a
Russia’s state statistical service did not provide an explanation for the sharply higher death toll, but critics have suggested that Russian officials underplay the severity of the pandemic in the country.
Facebook posts claim that a rally in the British capital of London against coronavirus rules on April 24, 2021 attracted 750,000 protesters. This figure, however, has been exaggerated; British media reported the rally attracted around 10,000 protes
As India faces a devastating surge of new coronavirus infections overwhelming its health care system, people are taking desperate measures to try to keep loved ones alive.
The results are restricted to Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca vaccines and in the case of passing on the infection to household contacts.
Multiple online posts have shared a graphic that purports to show the virus that causes Covid-19 is small enough to pass through certain face masks. The claim is misleading, according to health experts. The virus spreads as part of larger particles -
The death toll from a massive fire in a Baghdad hospital for coronavirus patients rose to 82 Sunday, as anxious relatives searched for those missing and the government suspended key health officials for alleged negligence.
A video has been viewed tens of thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim it shows crowds of Indian Muslims gathered during Ramadan in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. The posts circulated online as India endured a huge
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.
Should unvaccinated people stay away from vaccinated people because the COVID-19 vaccine sheds and causes problems including miscarriages in pregnant unvaccinated people? No, that's not true. "This claim is false," Dr. George Rutherford,
India’s underfunded health system is tattering as the world’s worst coronavirus surge wears out the nation.
As Indian hospitals buckle under record Covid-19 infections, a photo of an elderly woman sitting by the road with an oxygen tank has been circulating on Facebook and Twitter. The claim is false; the image predates the pandemic and has circulated onl
“Coronavirus is the perfect villain for children."
A YouTube video claiming to be a public service announcement from the 1950s has gone viral. The video warns of a virus that will break out by the year 2020. But did experts really predict a 2020 virus more than 60 years ago? Here’s how we fact-checke
The choice of a winning photo portraying the global pandemic was almost inevitable.
Several major media organisations reported this week that a quarter of Covid-19 deaths in the week ending 2 April 2021 were not caused by the virus. This is broadly correct. Data shows 23% of deaths involving Covid-19 that week did not have Covid
Social media posts from April 2021 claim Florida has no mask mandates or other coronavirus-related restrictions and yet is not seeing a spike in cases. This is misleading; major Florida counties still have measures aimed at curbing the spread of Cov
COVID-19 vaccines effectively prevent severe symptoms and deaths. Data on the vaccines' effect on the virus's transmission is currently insufficient.