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Released: 7-Jul-2021 3:20 PM EDT
Study does not determine COVID vaccines kill 2 for every 3 they save
Newswise

A study is misinterpreted to convey that the COVID vaccines kill 2 people for every three that are saved, despite the study being under serious scrutiny.

Released: 1-Jul-2021 3:05 PM EDT
The approved coronavirus vaccines do not contain metals and are not magnetic
Newswise

All three coronavirus vaccines approved for emergency use in the United States are free from metals.

Released: 25-May-2021 3:00 PM EDT
Debunking the claim that vaccines cause new COVID-19 variants
Newswise

In an interview in the French documentary "Hold-Up," Luc Montagnier, a French virologist and recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), claimed that Covid-19 vaccines are creating new variants in various parts of the world. He believes that the ongoing vaccinations across the world is an ”enormous mistake.” ”The history books will show that because it is the vaccination that is creating the variants.” Multiple French social media posts that have been shared by thousands have also claimed that COVID-19 vaccines are causing variants of the virus to emerge. We find these claims to be false. There is no evidence the vaccines are creating more variants.

Released: 21-May-2021 12:00 PM EDT
Are businesses violating HIPAA if they ask their patrons if they've been vaccinated? No.
Newswise

As business rework their mask requirements such as lifting face mask requirements for customers who are vaccinated against COVID-19, questions about medical privacy are back in the spotlight. The question of whether it's okay to ask a maskless patron if they've been vaccinated has come into focus. Vaccine opponents, including members of the U.S. Congress, are once again claiming that the HIPAA federal privacy law protects individuals from being asked about their vaccination status. We find this claim to be false.

Released: 7-May-2021 1:40 PM EDT
There is no evidence that vaccines could cause harm to people who have recovered from COVID-19
Newswise

An article published by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s anti-vaccination organization and widely shared on social media questions the need of vaccinating those who’ve already recovered from COVID-19. The article says there’s a "potential risk of harm, including death" in getting the vaccines. We report this claim as false. There is no evidence that vaccinating people who had previously had COVID is resulting in an increased risk of adverse events.

Released: 29-Apr-2021 1:05 PM EDT
The claim made by leaders of Miami school that vaccinated teachers can negatively affect non-vaccinated staff and students is completely false
Newswise

There is no evidence any vaccinated people may be transmitting something from their bodies to non-vaccinated people.

Newswise: Claims That Masks Are Irrelevant Put People at Risk
Released: 22-Apr-2021 4:05 PM EDT
Claims That Masks Are Irrelevant Put People at Risk
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

The claim that you don’t have to wear a mask after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine has been circulating on social media and told by conservative media pundits such as Tucker Carlson and Rep. Jim Jordan.

Released: 30-Mar-2021 2:40 PM EDT
Texan doctor baselessly claims that the mRNA vaccines aren’t actually vaccines at all
Newswise

A Texas doctor, in a widely shared video, falsely claims the vaccines don’t provide protection and that they’re actually “experimental gene therapy.”

Newswise: Opinion Piece on Lockdowns Misinterprets Data
Released: 24-Mar-2021 1:35 PM EDT
Opinion Piece on Lockdowns Misinterprets Data
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

A recent opinion piece in the NY Post ignores evidence supporting the effectiveness of lockdowns.

Released: 24-Mar-2021 9:20 AM EDT
The claim that lockdowns end more lives than they save is misleading
University of Bristol

Dr Howard H.Z. Thom of the University of Bristol says it is grossly misleading to attribute the 1 million excess deaths solely to response.

Released: 19-Mar-2021 2:00 PM EDT
The Claim That U.S. Has Seen a Surge in Hate Crimes Against Asian People During the COVID-19 Pandemic Is True
Newswise

A study published in March 2021 by California State University, San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism found that hate crimes reported to police departments in the 16 largest U.S. cities in 2020 increased by 149%.

Released: 4-Mar-2021 8:05 AM EST
COVID vaccines aren't 'gene therapy'
University of California, Irvine

Fact-checking a false claim about COVID-19 vaccines

Released: 25-Feb-2021 5:50 PM EST
There Is No Data Indicating that the COVID-19 Vaccine Is Unsafe for Pregnant Women
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Pregnant women are at increased risk of severe COVID-19. Also, many women of childbearing age have increased COVID-19 exposure risks, including healthcare providers and other workers providing essential services.

Released: 22-Feb-2021 9:00 AM EST
Dr. John Balmes, Noted Clean Air Expert, Says Gov. Greg Abbott's Claims Are False
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

While frozen wind turbines underperformed during the Texas power grid failure, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) around 29,000 megawatts of thermal energy — which is sourced from coal, gas and nuclear plants — were missing from the grid.

Released: 18-Feb-2021 5:30 PM EST
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott claim blaming the state's massive power outages on renewable energy is misleading
Newswise

On Tuesday in an interview on Fox News with Sean Hannity, Texas Governor Greg Abbott blamed the outages on wind turbines and on the "Green New Deal." Rolling blackouts have ravaged Texas after a winter storm created a sudden spike in energy demand and hamstrung production of natural gas, coal, nuclear, and wind energy.

Released: 15-Feb-2021 2:00 PM EST
There is no credible evidence that shows a link between the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and female infertility
Newswise

Headlines going viral on Facebook and elsewhere on social media are spreading the claim that the COVID-19 vaccine could lead to infertility in women. There is currently no data to support this claim. Experts weigh in...

Released: 28-Jan-2021 1:20 PM EST
Shared video of Dr. Fauci CNN interview with added commentary sends wrong message about COVID vaccine protection
Newswise

Shared video of Dr. Fauci CNN interview with added commentary sends wrong message about COVID vaccine protection

Released: 25-Jan-2021 3:30 PM EST
News about a California man who died after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is misleading
Newswise

A Northern California man died on January 21st, several hours after receiving a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Placer County Public Health and the Placer County Sheriff's Office. It should be said that the man The man previously tested positive for the coronavirus in late December. There is no evidence that the vaccine was the cause of death.

Released: 21-Jan-2021 1:30 PM EST
Debunking Senator Ted Cruz's Claims on Rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Rejoining the Paris Agreement signals that the United States intends to do its part to cut global emissions to reduce future warming and, importantly, to reduce future losses from climate-worsened disasters for all Americans.

Released: 15-Jan-2021 8:55 AM EST
The First Dose of the Pfizer Vaccine Gives About 50% COVID Protection, Not 91% Claimed by Those Who Want to Speed Up Immunization
Newswise

The NEJM paper actually states that the efficacy between the first and second doses was found to be 52 percent when given 21 days apart. After the second dose, the efficacy raises to 95 percent.

Released: 5-Jan-2021 1:50 PM EST
Due to the COVID surge, ambulances in the Los Angeles area are refusing to transfer patients with no chance of survival
Newswise

As the surge of COVID-19 cases increase exponentially across the U.S., the hospitals in the Los Angeles metro area have been particularly hit hard. There are now more than 7,600 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. Ambulance crews in the area have been advised to cut back on their use of oxygen and to not bring to hospitals patients who have virtually no chance of survival in order to increase capacity and triage care to focus on the sickest patients.

Released: 21-Dec-2020 3:30 PM EST
New COVID-19 strain NOT a result of the vaccines, but it is more contagious
Newswise

Hours after the United Kingdom raised alarm about the new variant of the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, social media, including Twitter, is brimming with theories on the timing of this news. Many people have remarked that the timing of this news coming on the heels of the new vaccines is suspicious.

Released: 11-Dec-2020 3:10 PM EST
Fox News host Laura Ingraham falsely claims restrictions on eating out are not supported by science
Newswise

On December 8th on Fox News, during a transition between her show and Sean Hannity, TV host Laura Ingraham wrongly claimed restrictions on eating out are not supported by science. The comment came after Hannity made reference to Ingraham’s on-air interview the previous day with a Los Angeles restaurant owner. The claim is inaccurate. There is evidence that restaurants and bars are among the most common places for the virus spread.

Released: 10-Dec-2020 2:30 PM EST
Claim that the FDA found that coronavirus vaccines awaiting approval could cause death is majorly misleading
Newswise

GreenMedInfo, an alternative health website that has published articles claiming vaccines cause autism, published an article on December 6th warning about the adverse side effects of the coronavirus vaccines, including death. We rate this article as mostly false and misleading.

Released: 9-Dec-2020 5:05 PM EST
COVID-19 may have been present in the U.S. in December 2019, weeks earlier than previously thought
Newswise

A study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases suggested that coronavirus infections may have been present in the U.S. in December 2019, earlier than scientists previously thought.

Released: 3-Dec-2020 2:30 PM EST
Sen. Paul's Tweet on Natural Infection vs. COVID-19 Vaccines is Misleading
Newswise

On November 17, U.S. Sentator Rand Paul of Kentucky compared the effectiveness of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines with "naturally acquired COVID-19" on Twitter. He folllowed-up by asking, "Why does the left accept immune theory when it comes to vaccines, but not when discussing naturally acquired immunity?" Besides ignoring the point of vaccines, which is to protect the public BEFORE they get sick, the comparison of natural COVID-19 infection and vaccine efficacy is inacurate. Reinfections have not been confirmed and the efficacy of naturally-acquired immunity is still not understood.

Released: 1-Dec-2020 2:40 PM EST
The claim that COVID-19 vaccines will cause more severe disease through antibody-dependent enhancement is not yet supported
Newswise

ADE has not been shown to occur in individuals that received COVID-19 vaccines to date.

Released: 17-Nov-2020 2:30 PM EST
Elon Musk's claim that COVID testing is "bogus" is not accurate
Newswise

Elon Musk, Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer has repeatedly played down the severity of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. On Thursday, Musk said that a rapid antigen test results from the same machine and the same test showed he tested positive twice and then negative twice all on the same day. He questioned the validy of the test by suggesting "something extremely bogus is going on."

Released: 30-Oct-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Are a third of the excess deaths this year not linked to COVID-19? Yes. Are they directly linked to the lockdown? It's complicated.
Newswise

The article accurately sites a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association which examined the number of excess deaths in the U.S from March to August, which claimed a 20% increase. Nearly a third of that increase did not have the coronavirus as the underlying cause. However there is no scientific evidence that the deaths were a direct result of lockdown measures.

Released: 27-Oct-2020 5:00 PM EDT
The fact that SARS-CoV-2 virus can or cannot spread through airborne transmission does not render masks "worthless"
Newswise

A video featuring Owen Shroyer originally published by Banned.video went viral on Facebook in late October. The video claims that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was never airborne, and wearing face masks is unnecessary. This claim is false and inaccurate. The CDC never said the virus could not be airborne. Although the CDC "updated" their guidance on its website to include aerosols among the most common forms of SARS-CoV-2 transmission, experts agree that the virus can spread through water droplets, which masks can act as a physical barrier to stpp the water droplets. There is increasing evidence that suggest airborne transmission may also play a role in the spread of COVID-19.

Released: 22-Oct-2020 11:55 AM EDT
A video posted by a European-based group called World Doctors Alliance falsely claims the novel coronavirus is “a normal flu virus”
Newswise

A video posted by a European-based group called World Doctors Alliance claims the novel coronavirus is “a normal flu virus” and there is no COVID-19 pandemic. Although the video was removed from Youtube, portions of the video are circulating on Facebook. We rate this claim as false. Scientists universally agree that the cuase of this pandemic is a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and not a strain of influenza. COVID-19 is deadlier than the seasonal flu. COVID-19 so far has killed more people in the U.S. than the past five flu seasons combined.

Released: 21-Oct-2020 3:55 PM EDT
Viral Facebook image does not show a coronavirus testing patent was submitted in 2015
Newswise

A post of an image showing "evidence" of a patent application for a novel coronavirus test in 2015 by a person named Richard A. Rothschild was shared by hundreds of users. This claim is false. The image shows a supplemental application that was filed in 2020 following the submission of another patent application in 2015 that was not related to the coronavirus. A spokesperson for the financial services firm Rothschild & Co. said the patent’s applicant had no link to the company.

Released: 14-Oct-2020 4:25 PM EDT
Viral social media claim that mask-wearing leads to a higher risk of COVID is wrong
Newswise

An article in the blog "The Federalist" by staff writer Jordan Davidson (and widely shared on social media) claims that a CDC study released in September shows that masks and face coverings are not effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and may cause people to become ill. It states a study that showed that the majority infected were mask wearers. It draws this distinction simply because of the fact that the study included many more people who wear masks as compared to people who never wore masks to begin with. The reasoning is flawed since it assumes that masks are mainly intended to protect the wearer from infection.

Released: 28-Sep-2020 1:55 PM EDT
mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines will NOT modify the human genome
Newswise

There is no evidence that mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines will use hydrogels. There is no evidence of a hydrogel chip that will connect you to the internet or alter your DNA.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Social Media Post comparing Tuberculosis with COVID-19 is misleading
Newswise

Although the numbers stated by the viral post are accurate (as confirmed by the World Health Organization), the context of the message is misleading, since it attempts to downplay the need for coronavirus safety precautions like mask wearing. COVID-19 is far more prevalent in the United States than TB.

Released: 18-Sep-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Claims circulating on social media stating that the common cold or flu can be mistaken for COVID-19 are misleading
Newswise

The claims rely on the faulty assumption that there is no method to distinguish COVID-19 from the common cold and the flu.

Released: 17-Sep-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Does a New Study Give Evidence that the Coronavirus Was Made In a Lab?
Newswise

Scientists in a new paper make strong claims regarding evidence that the COVID-19 virus did not originate in nature—the prevailing theory—but instead was made in a lab. According to six leading experts in evolutionary biology and infectious disease consulted by Newsweek, the paper offers no new information, makes numerous unsubstantiated claims and its scientific case is weak.

Released: 29-Oct-2019 8:55 AM EDT
Fact Checking the Claim That Gender-Affirming Treatments for Transgender Children Are Irreversible
Endocrine Society

A custody case in Texas has sparked heated debate and embroiled state policymakers in public discussions about the diagnosis and appropriate medical treatment of transgender children.

Released: 15-May-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Debunking the myth that measles is benign and even beneficial
Newswise

Debunking the myth that measles is benign and even beneficial

Released: 11-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
Germs are Real and Washing Hands Does Help to Prevent Colds
Newswise

On Sunday morning's episode of Fox & Friends, Host Pete Hegseth said " I don't think I've washed my hands for 10 years." He later on said ""Germs are not a real thing. I can't see them, therefore they are not real." The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says that washing hands with soap and water could reduce diarrheal disease-associated deaths by up to 50%.


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