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A new variant of the coronavirus caused South Africa’s second Covid-19 wave, not face masks
A Facebook post claims that the second wave of Covid-19 in South Africa was caused by people wearing masks rather than the coronavirus pathogen itself. The post relies on a video that purports to simulate a carbon dioxide test, but experts dismissed the demonstration as inaccurate, reaffirming that masks are safe to wear and they remain one of several recommended preventative measures against the disease. The latest Covid-19 surge in the country was caused by a new variant of the coronavirus.
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This is a fabricated Vanity Fair cover that was posted by a parody Twitter account
After US President Joe Biden announced Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine, a transgender pediatrician, as his nominee for assistant secretary of health, an image circulated online that purported to show Levine on the cover of Vanity Fair's March 2021 issue. The image, however, has been doctored. It was originally shared on a parody Twitter account for Levine. Vanity Fair's March 2021 edition features US singer Billie Eilish.
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