Viral Post Misleads on COVID-19 Death Reporting, Vaccine Monitoring

May 6, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest A tweet that migrated across social media platforms falsely suggests that any deaths in the 20 days following positive COVID-19 tests are to…

FactChecking Biden’s Address to Congress

April 29, 2021 /

Summary In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Joe Biden got some facts wrong and stretched others, mainly repeated claims we’ve…

Posts Mislead on Words of Alternate Juror in Chauvin Trial

April 23, 2021 /

Quick Take An alternate juror in the trial of Derek Chauvin said she initially had “mixed feelings” about jury duty, because of concerns about “disappointing”…

Stories Falsely Cite ‘Stanford Study’ to Misinform on Face Masks

April 22, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Stanford Medicine says it “strongly supports the use of face masks to control the spread of COVID-19.” Yet viral stories falsely claim a…

Irish Professor Makes Unfounded Claims About Long-Term Effects of mRNA Vaccines

April 21, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest The COVID-19 mRNA vaccines authorized for use were found to be safe and effective in clinical trials and real-world conditions. A professor in…

Video Doesn’t Show Buttigieg Staging Bike Ride

April 8, 2021 /

Quick Take A video showing Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg departing the White House on a bike was misrepresented by conservative commentators online, with some claiming…

Flawed Report Fuels Erroneous Claims About COVID-19 Death Toll

April 2, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Viral social media posts cite a flawed paper in falsely claiming the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed death certificate procedures and…

Texas Doctor Spreads False Claims About COVID-19 Vaccines

March 26, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Federal officials authorized two mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 after they were determined to be safe and effective against symptomatic illness in clinical trials.…

Instagram Post Misrepresents FDA Document About Monitoring Vaccine Safety

March 17, 2021 /

Quick Take A Food and Drug Administration presentation on monitoring the safety of COVID-19 vaccines listed possible adverse events the agency might track. But an…

Video Targets Gates With Old Clip, Misleading Edit

March 5, 2021 /

Quick Take In a 2010 TED Talk focused on developing new technologies to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions, Bill Gates briefly mentioned reducing the rate…