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Kentucky monastery Covid-19 cases not evidence of vaccine problems
Online articles say that dozens of nuns in the US state of Kentucky tested positive for Covid-19 after being vaccinated against the disease and two died, questioning the efficacy and the safety of the shots. But one nun said another sister at the monastery contracted the disease prior to the vaccinations, prompting others to be tested after receiving the vaccine, and that the deaths were the result of Covid-19.
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This image taken on Mars shows one of the planet’s two moons and not Earth
A Facebook post claiming to show an image of Earth taken from the surface of Mars has been shared hundreds of times online. The claim is misleading: the image is of Phobos, one of the Red Planet’s two moons, and was captured by a camera onboard NASA’s Curiosity rover in 2014.
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Video shows a patient having a seizure at a hospital in Argentina, not a Covid-19 vaccine recipient
A clip of a woman convulsing on the ground has spread across social media worldwide in multiple languages alongside a claim that she is suffering from side effects after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine. But this claim is false: the video showed a patient suffering a seizure at the Larcade hospital near Buenos Aires in Argentina, and doctors there told AFP that the woman had not been vaccinated against Covid-19.
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Inhaling steam from herbal tea does not help treat or prevent Covid-19
A post shared hundreds of times on social media in South Africa claims that inhaling steam from a tea made from guava leaves, eucalyptus and an artemisia variety known as mhlonyane will "kill" the virus that causes Covid-19. But this is false: the World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend steam inhalation to treat or prevent Covid-19.
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Post falsely claims Johnson & Johnson didn't update public after vaccine trial volunteer fell ill
A Facebook post claims that vaccine maker Johnson & Johnson has failed to update the public on why “volunteers” fell ill during the trials of its Covid-19 shot in 2020, an event that brought a temporary halt to clinical testing. This claim is misleading; only one trial participant reportedly fell sick, and while the illness remains unexplained, the company released a statement of its findings in October 2020 that ruled out the vaccine as a cause.
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Misleading video on risks from charging phone spreads worldwide
A video shared hundreds of thousands of times warns against using mobile phones while they charge because “electric waves” will pass through your body. This advice is misleading, according to experts who say other appliances would also exhibit similar harmless voltage leakage, while the real danger -- though slim -- could come from faulty batteries and low-quality chargers.
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South Korean health authorities' seizure of Covid-19 vaccines sparks false claims online
Three images have been shared repeatedly in multiple Facebook posts in February 2021 alongside a claim that South Korean health authorities destroyed a batch of Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines after they were exposed to colder temperatures than is recommended. The claim is false: two images show South Korean health authorities conducting drills for the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. The third image originates from a Korean media report about officials seizing a batch of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines after they were briefly exposed to unsuitable temperatures. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said the vaccines were not destroyed and would still be used for the inoculations.
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Old footage of Trump arriving in Davos shared in false posts about 'surprise visit' in 2021
A video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook, YouTube and TikTok alongside a claim it shows a "surprise visit" by former US President Donald Trump to Switzerland in March 2021. The claim is false: the footage in fact shows two clips of Trump arriving at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2018 and 2020.
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