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

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Released: 13-Nov-2020 8:15 AM EST
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Bringing Down Blood Sugar Now! Newswise Live Event for Nov. 12
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With multiple studies showing that COVID deaths and complications increase step-by-step with increasing blood sugar levels, a groundbreaking Newswise Webinar on Thursday November 12th from 2 to 3 pm ET will examine national, clinical and community strategies to immediately improve COVID outcomes through comprehensive nutrition information and action.

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Released: 3-Nov-2020 7:10 AM EST
TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO AVAILABLE: Newswise Live Event for Nov 2nd, the 2020 Presidential Elections
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Experts from institutions including George Washington University and Cornell University will participate in an expert panel covering a wide variety of topics on the U.S. Elections, with questions prepared by Newswise editors and submissions from media attendees.

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.
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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.

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Released: 30-Oct-2020 9:40 AM EDT
TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO AVAILABLE: "Third spike" in COVID-19 cases, plus the vaccine trials: Live Expert Panel for October 29
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"Third spike" in COVID-19 cases, plus the vaccine trials: Live Expert Panel for October 29, 3PM EDT

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Released: 30-Oct-2020 8:25 AM EDT
Newswise Expert Panels on COVID-19 Pandemic: Notable excerpts, quotes and videos available
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Newswise is hosting a series of Expert Panels discussion on unique aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This tip sheet includes some notable quotes from the panelists.

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"
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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”
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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
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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
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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: 6-Oct-2020 3:05 AM EDT
Indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic coincide with a heavy mental health burden
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Indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic coincide with a heavy mental health burden FRONTIERS

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

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Released: 11-Sep-2020 8:40 AM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Higher Education Reopening During COVID: Expert Panel for September 9th, 2020
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This virtual media event welcomes presidents, deans, and other university spokespeople to make the case for how their universities are handling this once in a lifetime challenge.

Released: 1-Sep-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Registered Reporters Are Invited to Three Virtual MSVirtual2020 Press Conferences Featuring: The Latest Clinical Study Outcomes, Advances in Therapeutics, Diagnostics and Technologies, and Late Breakers and COVID-19 Impact on MS Research & Patient Care
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The 8th Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS meeting – the largest international conference focused on research in multiple sclerosis (MS), will be held in a virtual format from September 11-13, 2020, with a special encore session featuring Late-Breaking News and a COVID-19 Session on September 26.

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Released: 29-Aug-2020 10:55 AM EDT
TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO AVAILABLE: China rising in global business, politics, and foreign policy - Expert Panel Event for August 27, 3PM EDT
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Expert Panel Event for August 27, 3PM EDT: China rising in global business, politics, and foreign policy

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Released: 29-Aug-2020 10:50 AM EDT
TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO AVAILABLE: Latest News from COVID Front Lines: Live Expert Panel for August 27, 2PM EDT
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Panelists will discuss topics such as the announcement of FDA approval for convalescent plasma, production and deployment of a vaccine, and the latest in treatment protocols and survival rates.

Released: 24-Aug-2020 3:05 AM EDT
Dementia kills nearly three times more people than previously thought: BU study
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Dementia kills nearly three times more people than previously thought: BU study BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Released: 19-Aug-2020 12:05 PM EDT
CUNY med school, TechnoVax report COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough
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CUNY med school, TechnoVax report COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK

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Released: 31-Jul-2020 7:50 AM EDT
VIDEO and TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Lung Cancer Patients and COVID: Panel for July 30, 2020, 3PM EDT
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To understand the specific needs of lung cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, panelists will discuss a recent survey created by GO2 Foundation and other patient advocacy groups.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 7:30 AM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Alzheimer’s Blood Test: An expert panel with WUSTL, RUPress: July 28, 3PM EDT
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Alzheimer’s Blood Test: An expert panel with WUSTL, RUPress: July 28, 3PM EDT

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Released: 17-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Asymptomatic Transmission and Reinfection of COVID: Live Event for July 16, 2PM EDT
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Emerging data shows more risk of asymptomatic transmission and reinfection with COVID than previously thought. Experts will discuss these findings and what are the implications for managing the pandemic. Media are invited to attend and ask questions.

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Released: 26-Jun-2020 8:50 AM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Cancer Docs Join Fight Against COVID: Live Event for June 25, 3PM EDT
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Cancer researchers are turning their talents to the fight against COVID, using strategies that have lead to breakthroughs in cancer therapies for years, such as precision medicine, immunotherapy, biomarkers, and more.

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Released: 26-Jun-2020 8:10 AM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Summer of COVID: The 2nd Wave, BLM, the Economy, and Politics
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Summer of COVID, The 2nd Wave, BLM, the Economy, and Politics: Newswise Live Event for June 25, 2PM EDT

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Released: 17-Jun-2020 8:40 AM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Defund or Reform? BLM and Policing Expert Panel: Newswise Live Event for June 16, 2PM EDT
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Black Lives Matter and "De-funding the Police": Newswise Live Event for June 16, 2PM EDT

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Released: 12-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT: Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19, Newswise Live Expert Panel for June 11
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Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19: Newswise Live Expert Panel for June 11, 2PM EDT

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Released: 5-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Education Won’t Be Normal After COVID: Newswise Live Event for June 4
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Will schools reopen in the fall? If schools remain closed, what will be the impact on students’ education, long-term? How has the pandemic already impacted students, from elementary through higher ed; how are schools at all levels adapting to teaching virtually, and how to safely return to teaching in person - June 4, 2020 from 2-3 PM EDT


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