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Fact-checking health in 2024

Published on : Jan 1, 2024

Medical practitioners, fact checkers and journalists need to collaborate to...

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Explainer: How dangerous is the JN.1…

Published on : Dec 22, 2023

JN.1 was identified in the US in September 2023, exhibiting...

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Explainer: How food insecurity affects mental…

Published on : Nov 29, 2023

Recent conflicts in Palestine, Ukraine and Congo underscore how the...

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COVID-19 vaccine not the cause of…

Published on : Nov 27, 2023

Certain high-risk behavioural factors such as binge drinking, smoking and...

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Fact-check: COVID vaccine not the cause…

Published on : Apr 15, 2023

While there have been reports of adverse reactions to COVID-19...

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Fact-check: Vaccinated people are not more…

Published on : Apr 27, 2022

A tweet claiming that “Government of Canada data shows the...

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Decoding the ‘COVID-19 lung’

Published on : Feb 17, 2022

Various factors affect the lung damage risk in COVID-19 infections...

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6 COVID-19 myths that refuse to…

Published on : Jan 10, 2022

A viral WhatsApp video, circulating in India, peddles old misleading...

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Dismantled: Here’s COVID skeptics proven wrong

Published on : Oct 14, 2021

Ever since the start of the COVID pandemic, there have...

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Factually Speaking: Combating COVID-19 myths in…

Published on : Oct 8, 2021

A primary healthcare practitioner from the Republic of Congo, Africa,...

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COVID-19 vaccines cannot be used to…

Published on : Sep 3, 2021

Viral Facebook post in multiple South Asian languages falsely claims...

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What The Fact! – Conspiracies, Concoctions…

Published on : Sep 2, 2021

What drives the misinformation ecosystem is the lack of knowledge,...

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Debunking three controversial COVID-19 claims

Published on : Aug 19, 2021

A YouTube channel called ‘Unmask Express’ has been consistently making...

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Delta variant of COVID-19 is not…

Published on : Jul 20, 2021

A widely circulated WhatsApp forward falsely claims that the Delta...

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No evidence to prove that people…

Published on : Jul 5, 2021

IISER Kolkata clarified that no such evidence has been found...

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Vaccines don’t compromise one’s natural immunity

Published on : Jul 2, 2021

Prominent Indian lawyer and activist, Prashant Bhushan, was called out...

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No link between anaesthesia and COVID-19…

Published on : Jun 28, 2021

A viral WhatsApp message falsely claims that using anaesthesia can...

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Multiple YouTube videos falsely claim Covid-19…

Published on : Jun 21, 2021

Decoding the common narrative that leads to misinformation about vaccines...

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False claims touting cough syrup as…

Published on : Jun 14, 2021

A YouTube video claiming Bromhexine syrup as a cure of...

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WhatsApp forward claiming ‘Vaccinated People Will…

Published on : May 27, 2021

A widely-circulated message attributed to French virologist Luc Montagnier claims...

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A message falsely touts ‘bacteria in…

Published on : May 22, 2021

A WhatsApp message claiming bacteria present in buttermilk can fight...

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How Indian fact-checkers dealt with COVID-19…

Published on : May 18, 2021

An analysis of International Fact Checking Network’s repository of fact-checked...

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What do COVID variants mean for…

Published on : May 18, 2021

Dr. Rohini Karandikar tells you all you need to know...

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Post claiming vaccinated people are more…

Published on : May 14, 2021

Social media posts, based on a recent study conducted in...

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There’s no scientific proof that alum…

Published on : May 12, 2021

A video shared thousands of times claims that alum water...

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No, taking a concoction of pepper,…

Published on : May 7, 2021

Despite a crackdown on misinformation, unproven cures and remedies continue...

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Video claiming tap water tested positive…

Published on : May 2, 2021

A video indicating that tap water can test positive for...

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No, nurses are not purposely administering…

Published on : Apr 30, 2021

Image of an elderly woman taking the empty Covid-19 vaccine...

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IAF official hasn’t written any message…

Published on : Apr 26, 2021

There is no Air Marshal Ashutosh Sharma at Bangalore. Command...

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Post warning women not to take…

Published on : Apr 25, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t pose a risk if taken during periods....

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Starting a steam inhalation drive will…

Published on : Apr 22, 2021

As India is witnessing a surge in cases, preventions and...

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False claim uses Japanese Nobel laureate…

Published on : Apr 19, 2021

As the world grapples with a health crisis and misinformation,...

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No evidence to prove COVID-19 vaccine…

Published on : Apr 16, 2021

A social media post promoting a correlation between the COVID-19...

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Videos promoting COVID-19 conspiracies are re-emerging…

Published on : Apr 9, 2021

A year after the pandemic, the conspiracy theory that coronavirus...

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COVID-19 vaccination: Beware of bogus dos…

Published on : Apr 2, 2021

While proper nutrition and hydration are essential for good health,...

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Debunked claims of COVID-19 cures resurface…

Published on : Mar 22, 2021

First Check found videos encouraging unscientific cures of COVID-19 on...

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No evidence to say that COVID-19…

Published on : Feb 20, 2021

Currently, there is no established link between miscarriages after COVID-19...

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No, incense sticks do not ward…

Published on : Feb 15, 2021

A popular YouTube channel claims that smouldering incense sticks can...

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Can COVID-19 hygiene measures cause cancer?

Published on : Feb 13, 2021

Here is what Google Trends say on what was most...

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Covid vaccine scams hit Asia

Published on : Feb 13, 2021

Fraudsters in Asia are sending out fake texts, offering a...

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‘Stop the spread of Germans’ image…

Published on : Feb 5, 2021

An image circulating on social media saying "stop the spread...

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No, COVID-19 vaccines neither make farmers…

Published on : Feb 1, 2021

A Facebook page and its corresponding Youtube channel claim that...

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Misleading message about Covid-19 vaccine efficacy…

Published on : Jan 25, 2021

A Whatsapp message with a number of assumptions and questions...

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Explained: Is eating poultry products safe…

Published on : Jan 11, 2021

WHO guidelines and experts recommend that it is safe to...

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Can red ant chutney cure Coronavirus?

Published on : Jan 9, 2021

Multiple Facebook posts claim that red ant chutney (sauce) is...

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A false video on YouTube claims…

Published on : Jan 6, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine does not cause infertility; the rumour is...

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No, six-minute walk is not a…

Published on : Dec 23, 2020

https://youtu.be/8L_WWwuaj04 The recent misinformation trending on social media is the...

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Facebook to prohibit ads that discourage…

Published on : Dec 8, 2020

https://youtu.be/dREYs_m39sQ Facebook has said it will start prohibiting Ads that...

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No, ‘virus shutout necklaces’ cannot protect…

Published on : Nov 21, 2020

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to claim more lives, more...

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Vaccine hesitancy due to disinformation campaign,…

Published on : Nov 7, 2020

Social media disinformation campaigns are linked to falling vaccination rates,...

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Debunking 6 viral claims about COVID-19…

Published on : Nov 1, 2020

There’s no dearth of posts on social media platforms claiming...

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Drinking tea is not a cure…

Published on : Oct 17, 2020

Claims about tea being a cure for COVID-19 have been...

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No, putting basil leaves, camphor inside…

Published on : Sep 10, 2020

Videos making false and misleading claims about masks are getting...

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A video claiming coronavirus is like…

Published on : Sep 3, 2020

A video is getting viral on Facebook, Whatsapp, Youtube claiming...

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Unproven COVID-19 treatment list circulates on…

Published on : Jul 27, 2020

A photo of a list of treatments claiming to have...

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No, tying a sack of spices…

Published on : Jul 10, 2020

There is no scientific evidence that tying a homemade pouch...

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Analysing social media response to COVID-19…

Published on : Jul 6, 2020

Social media platforms are under constant pressure to regulate misinformation....

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No, washing hands with lemon will…

Published on : Jun 22, 2020

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 10 fake...

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100 fake COVID-19 WhatsApp forwards that…

Published on : Jun 12, 2020

The spread of dubious claims and false information during the...

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Trends in Covid-19 misinformation in India

Published on : Jun 5, 2020

Amid an unprecedented global health crisis, health journalists faced a...

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Having had measles before does not…

Published on : Jun 5, 2020

A video in the Tamil language claims that if someone...

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Why a lot of Covid-19 infographics…

Published on : Jun 5, 2020

There is a lot of data visualisation about COVID-19 which...

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10 Twitter posts on Covid-19 that…

Published on : Jun 5, 2020

We’ve been looking at some of the most widely circulated...

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