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Why we need to collaborate to fight health misinformation

Published on : Mar 13, 2024

It is crucial to address issues comprehensively, combining efforts to...

: Dr Ahmad Firdaus Mohd Haris
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Conspiracy theories major obstacle to new global pandemic treaty: WHO

Published on : Feb 6, 2024

Despite lessons that should have been learned during COVID-19, the...

: First Check Team
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Explainer: How dangerous is the JN.1 COVID variant?

Published on : Dec 22, 2023

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

: Florica Brahma
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The Missing Context of Misinformation: From Supply to Demand

Published on : Dec 15, 2023

Misinformation isn’t a new phenomenon. For eons, our society has grappled...

: Alok Gangaramany
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Tackling the Misinformation Pandemic in Health: Strategies for a Resilient Society

Published on : Dec 10, 2023

Misinformation in the health sector has become a pressing global...

: Beatrice Gatumia (M.D.),
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COVID-19 vaccine not the cause of unexplained sudden death among young adults: ICMR Study

Published on : Nov 27, 2023

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

: First Check Team
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Fact-Check: Bill Gates hasn’t scheduled the next pandemic in 2025

Published on : Jun 1, 2023

SEERS is a fictitious disease created for a pandemic-simulating exercise...

: John Aloyzeus Reotutar
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Fact-check: COVID vaccine not the cause of surge in heart attack cases

Published on : Apr 15, 2023

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

: Sharmila Saha Roy 
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Fact-check: Omicron BA.5 not ‘fatal for the brain’ 

Published on : Jan 9, 2023

Hybrid immunity, particularly after BA.1 or BA.2 infection, confers substantial...

: Tej Kumar
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Explainer: How is Tomato flu different from other viral fevers?

Published on : Dec 9, 2022

There is no swab or blood test to confirm Tomato...

: Dr Prakash Desai
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Health misinformation: Meta preparing post-pandemic policy

Published on : Dec 9, 2022

As the virus evolves, the company seeks the Oversight Board’s...

: Ayush Aditya
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Explainer: Why excessive cleanliness may be injurious to health 

Published on : Dec 9, 2022

Excessive cleaning kills the microbial life around and on us....

: Dr. Rohini Karandikar
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Fact-check: Vaccinated people are not more likely to die of COVID-19

Published on : Apr 27, 2022

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

: Tej Kumar
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Step up the fight against misinformation 

Published on : Apr 7, 2022

The health misinformation crisis won’t end with the pandemic. It’s...

: Dr Sameera Ranasinghe 
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‘Fact-checking is often neglected in medical discourse’ 

Published on : Apr 5, 2022

Health-related misinformation and disinformation are significant threats to public health....

: Dr. Debanjan Banerjee
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‘Scientific research must be easy to find & share’

Published on : Apr 4, 2022

As the fight against COVID-19 continues, the scientific community is...

: John Aloyzeus Reotutar
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National Science Day: Embrace scientific temper, fight health misinformation

Published on : Feb 28, 2022

The pandemic has exposed our knowledge gap. There’s an urgent...

: Jisha Krishnan
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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...

: Tej Kumar
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6 COVID-19 myths that refuse to die

Published on : Jan 10, 2022

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

: Tej Kumar
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What The Fact! – The truth behind relentless pandemic struggles in the US

Published on : Dec 2, 2021

While the rest of the world is seeing a relative...

: Varadarajan Ananthakrishnan
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The Facebook Papers: How vaccine misinformation thrived

Published on : Oct 29, 2021

While Facebook claims to have made “considerable progress” with downgrading...

: Jisha Krishnan
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Factually Speaking: Decoding Ivermectin

Published on : Oct 22, 2021

There has been growing interest in Ivermectin, a broad spectrum...

: Dr. Nicola Simone
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What The Fact! – When the data is misrepresented

Published on : Oct 18, 2021

It might compel people to believe that there is no...

: Varadarajan Ananthakrishnan
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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...

: Tariq Hashmat
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Factually Speaking: Combating COVID-19 myths in Africa

Published on : Oct 8, 2021

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

: Dr. Raphael Byamungu
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What The Fact! – What makes anyone indulge in misinformation?

Published on : Oct 4, 2021

People fail to distinguish between information and misinformation, make sure...

: Varadarajan Ananthakrishnan
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Why We Fact-Check Health Misinformation

Published on : Sep 30, 2021

It is important to focus on the context of online...

: Aliya Zainab 
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What The Fact! – Vaccines are our only ticket out of the pandemic

Published on : Sep 16, 2021

Get vaccinated at the first opportunity you get. And yes,...

: Varadarajan Ananthakrishnan
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COVID-19 vaccines cannot be used to track people

Published on : Sep 3, 2021

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

: Tej Kumar
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What The Fact! – Conspiracies, Concoctions and COVID

Published on : Sep 2, 2021

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

: Varadarajan Ananthakrishnan
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Herbal remedies can cause liver injuries

Published on : Aug 30, 2021

Popular herbal medicines for COVID-19 have been reported to adversely...

: Dr. Rohini Karandikar
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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...

: Tej Kumar
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Delta variant of COVID-19 is not hard to detect

Published on : Jul 20, 2021

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

: Pushpita Dey
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No evidence to prove that people become ‘silent spreaders’ after first dose of COVID vaccine

Published on : Jul 5, 2021

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

: Pushpita Dey
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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...

: Tej Kumar
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No link between anaesthesia and COVID-19 jab

Published on : Jun 28, 2021

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

: Tej Kumar
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Multiple YouTube videos falsely claim Covid-19 vaccination as ‘ineffective’

Published on : Jun 21, 2021

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

: Tej Kumar
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False claims touting cough syrup as ‘Covid-19 cure’ is misleading

Published on : Jun 14, 2021

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

: Tej Kumar
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WhatsApp forward claiming ‘Vaccinated People Will Die in 2 Years’ is untrue

Published on : May 27, 2021

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

: Dr. Rohini Karandikar
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A message falsely touts ‘bacteria in buttermilk’ as Covid-19 cure

Published on : May 22, 2021

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

: Tej Kumar
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How Indian fact-checkers dealt with COVID-19 misinformation

Published on : May 18, 2021

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

: Nabeela Khan
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What do COVID variants mean for vaccine efficacy?

Published on : May 18, 2021

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

: Dr. Rohini Karandikar
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Post claiming vaccinated people are more susceptible to COVID-19 variants is misleading

Published on : May 14, 2021

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

: Jisha Krishnan
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There’s no scientific proof that alum water can cure COVID-19

Published on : May 12, 2021

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

: Tej Kumar
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Real vs fake Remdesivir injections: Know the difference

Published on : May 12, 2021

An injection named Covipri is circulating on social media, with...

: Tej Kumar
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No, taking a concoction of pepper, honey and ginger will not cure COVID-19

Published on : May 7, 2021

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

: Pushpita Dey
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Video claiming tap water tested positive for COVID-19 is misleading

Published on : May 2, 2021

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

: Abeen Shayiq
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No, nurses are not purposely administering empty COVID-19 vaccines

Published on : Apr 30, 2021

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

: Sahil Bali
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IAF official hasn’t written any message on using steam to counter COVID-19

Published on : Apr 26, 2021

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

: Tej Kumar
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Post warning women not to take COVID-19 vaccine during periods is ‘false’

Published on : Apr 25, 2021

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

: Tej Kumar
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Starting a steam inhalation drive will not end the pandemic

Published on : Apr 22, 2021

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

: Tej Kumar
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False claim uses Japanese Nobel laureate Tasuku Honjo name again to spread COVID-19 misinformation

Published on : Apr 19, 2021

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

: First Check Team
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No evidence to prove COVID-19 vaccine causes heart attacks

Published on : Apr 16, 2021

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

: Tej Kumar
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Videos promoting COVID-19 conspiracies are re-emerging despite a crackdown

Published on : Apr 9, 2021

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

: Abeen Shayiq
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COVID-19 vaccination: Beware of bogus dos & don’ts

Published on : Apr 2, 2021

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

: Jisha Krishnan
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Debunked claims of COVID-19 cures resurface in vernacular language

Published on : Mar 22, 2021

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

: Sista Mukherjee
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Misleading WhatsApp message questions Pfizer vaccine efficacy

Published on : Mar 6, 2021

A recent WhatsApp message presented a series of arguments discrediting...

: Pankhuri Agarwal
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No evidence to say that COVID-19 vaccines affect pregnancy

Published on : Feb 20, 2021

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

: First Check Team
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Three-pronged approach to fight the infodemic

Published on : Feb 19, 2021

Misinformation and rumours are three times more likely to be...

: Dr. Apurva Kumar Pandya
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No, incense sticks do not ward off Covid-19

Published on : Feb 15, 2021

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

: Tej Kumar
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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...

: Nabeela Khan
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Covid vaccine scams hit Asia

Published on : Feb 13, 2021

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

: Nabeela Khan
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‘Stop the spread of Germans’ image is manipulated

Published on : Feb 5, 2021

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

: Sahil Bali
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No, COVID-19 vaccines neither make farmers sterile nor is a government ploy to take over their land

Published on : Feb 1, 2021

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

: Sahil Bali
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Misleading message about Covid-19 vaccine efficacy viral on WhatsApp

Published on : Jan 25, 2021

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

: Abeen Bilal
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No, coronavirus doesn’t lay eggs in throat, nor it can be cured in a day with herbal vaporizers

Published on : Jan 15, 2021

There is no study to back the claim that coronavirus...

: Sista Mukherjee
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Explained: Is eating poultry products safe amid bird flu?

Published on : Jan 11, 2021

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

: Nabeela Khan
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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...

: Tej Kumar
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A false video on YouTube claims COVID-19 vaccine causes infertility in men

Published on : Jan 6, 2021

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

: Tej Kumar
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No, six-minute walk is not a test for COVID-19

Published on : Dec 23, 2020

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

: Tej Kumar
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Facebook to prohibit ads that discourage vaccines

Published on : Dec 8, 2020

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

: Nabeela Khan
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No, ‘virus shutout necklaces’ cannot protect you from coronavirus

Published on : Nov 21, 2020

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

: Nabeela Khan
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Vaccine hesitancy due to disinformation campaign, shows BMJ study

Published on : Nov 7, 2020

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

: Nabeela Khan
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Debunking 6 viral claims about COVID-19 remedies

Published on : Nov 1, 2020

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

: First Check Team
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Drinking tea is not a cure for Covid-19

Published on : Oct 17, 2020

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

: Nabeela Khan
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No, China does not hold the patent for drug remdesivir

Published on : Oct 2, 2020

https://youtu.be/LlByPznyWjk A WhatsApp message claims that the patent for the...

: Nabeela Khan
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No, putting basil leaves, camphor inside the mask will not purify the air nor it will protect you from Covid-19

Published on : Sep 10, 2020

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

: Varadarajan Ananthakrishnan
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A video claiming coronavirus is like any other flu is false

Published on : Sep 3, 2020

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

: Varadarajan Ananthakrishnan
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Beware of apps that claim to check blood oxygen level, hackers are out to steal your data

Published on : Jul 30, 2020

A viral WhatsApp message in India is asking people to...

: Jisha Krishnan
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Unproven COVID-19 treatment list circulates on Whatsapp

Published on : Jul 27, 2020

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

: Nabeela Khan
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This video of undignified burial of dead bodies is from Indian state of Karnataka and not Russia

Published on : Jul 17, 2020

A video that has been watched hundreds of times on...

: Sahil Bali
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No, tying a sack of spices and camphor will not protect you from Covid-19

Published on : Jul 10, 2020

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

: First Check Team
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Analysing social media response to COVID-19 misinformation

Published on : Jul 6, 2020

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

: Nabeela Khan
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No, washing hands with lemon will not protect you from Covid-19

Published on : Jun 22, 2020

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

: Nabeela Khan
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100 fake COVID-19 WhatsApp forwards that we almost believed

Published on : Jun 12, 2020

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

: Deepika Khurana
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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...

: Nabeela Khan
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Having had measles before does not protect you from COVID-19

Published on : Jun 5, 2020

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

: Varadarajan Ananthakrishnan
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Why a lot of Covid-19 infographics are wrong?

Published on : Jun 5, 2020

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

: Nabeela Khan
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10 Twitter posts on Covid-19 that mislead the world

Published on : Jun 5, 2020

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

: Abeen Bilal