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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…

Meme Featuring DeSantis Presents Misleading Picture of COVID-19 and Vaccine Safety

May 5, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest COVID-19 was the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020. But a meme featuring Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis minimizes the toll…

Vaccines Benefit Those Who Have Had COVID-19, Contrary to Viral Posts

April 23, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest There is no evidence that vaccines could cause harm to people who already have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 or have become ill with…

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…

Q&A on the Rare Clotting Events That Caused the J&J Pause

April 22, 2021 /

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet April 23 to “provide further recommendations” on the use of the Johnson…

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…

Idaho Doctor Makes Baseless Claims About Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines

April 19, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest A viral video features a doctor making dubious claims about COVID-19 vaccines and treatments at a forum hosted by Idaho’s lieutenant governor. Dr.…

Tucker Carlson Misleads on COVID-19 Vaccines, Masks

April 17, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest All of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing symptomatic disease. Yet Fox News host Tucker Carlson baselessly casts doubt on the…

The Facts on the Recommended J&J Vaccine ‘Pause’

April 13, 2021 /

So far, nearly 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the U.S., including 7.2 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.…

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…