Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Disinformation, Fake News & Scams

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Another covid con.

A South Korean mayor who almost fell for a vaccine scam has publicly apologised for his actions.

Kwon Young-jin told the media last month that a foreign company had promised to provide 30 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine within three weeks. But the government later found that Pfizer does not distribute through third-parties. Mr Kwon has been critical of the government's vaccine programme.

South Korea has seen a relatively slow vaccine roll out, compared to other more developed economies in the region. Some 16.4% of its population has received their first vaccine dose, with plans to vaccinate 14 million people by the end of the month.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-57409179
 

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The June 4 edition of the AP's "Not Real News" feature includes these COVID-related items.

Claim about airline meeting on vaccine liability is false

CLAIM: Airlines recently met to discuss the risks and liability of carrying passengers vaccinated against COVID-19 since they could develop blood clots.

THE FACTS: There’s no evidence that major airlines had a recent meeting to discuss the risks of transporting vaccinated passengers or that flying will trigger extremely rare blood clots associated with some COVID-19 vaccines, such as those manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca. But a popular Instagram post spread misinformation on that topic. “Airlines are meeting today to discuss the risks of carrying vaxed passengers due to the risk of clots and the liabilities involved,” the false post states. “Oh the irony only the non vaxed can fly.” In response to the post, International Air Transport Association spokesperson Anthony Concil told The Associated Press: “I can confirm that this is nonsense. ..."



Cervical cancer screening letter is routine, not linked to COVID-19 vaccines

CLAIM: Women who have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine are receiving letters instructing them to get screened for cervical cancer because the vaccine caused some 1,500 women to develop cervical cancer.

THE FACTS: A viral video making this false claim appears to show a routine letter that reminds eligible women to get regular cervical cancer screenings and is unrelated to COVID-19 vaccines. The video, originally posted to TikTok, features a woman claiming that after she received both shots of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, “a couple months ago,” she received a personal letter in the mail warning her to get screened for cervical cancer. “They said that there’s 1,500 women that have cases of cervical cancer now, so they have invited me in to get the screening done again to make sure that I don’t have cervical cancer now due to the COVID vaccine,” the woman says while flashing the letter in front of the camera. An AP analysis of the text in the letter revealed it matched the text of a form letter sent by Cancer Care Ontario, a division of Ontario Health in Canada. The letter goes out to women across the province to remind them to get regular Pap tests. ...

FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/donald-t...p-fact-check-88f5248358d6b74af94fe22e571d0079
 

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The June 11 edition of the AP's "Not Real News" feature includes these COVID-related items.

Spike protein produced by vaccine is not toxic

CLAIM: COVID-19 vaccines make people produce a spike protein that is a toxin and can spread to other parts of the body and damage organs.

THE FACTS: COVID-19 vaccines do instruct the body to produce spike proteins that teach the immune system to combat the spikes on the coronavirus, but experts say these proteins are not toxic and do not damage organs. “The spike protein is immunogenic, meaning it causes an immune response, but it is not a toxin,” said William Matchett, a vaccine researcher at the University of Minnesota Medical School. ...



COVID-19 vaccines do not cause magnetism in bodies

CLAIM: COVID-19 vaccines have resulted in some people becoming magnetic.

THE FACTS: In recent weeks, videos have circulated on social media falsely claiming that metal objects shown hanging on people’s bodies were the result of magnetism created by COVID-19 vaccines or microchips. A new video claims that magnetism was added to the vaccine in order to make the messenger RNA move throughout the body. The CDC says there is no truth to these claims and that the COVID-19 vaccines are free from ingredients that could produce an electromagnetic field. “Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will not make you magnetic, including at the site of vaccination which is usually your arm,” the agency posted on its website. “In addition, the typical dose for a COVID-19 vaccine is less than a milliliter, which is not enough to allow magnets to be attracted to your vaccination site even if the vaccine was filled with a magnetic metal.”



Asymptomatic COVID-19 infections do occur

CLAIM: Coronavirus cases without symptoms aren’t real. An asymptomatic patient is simply a healthy person.

THE FACTS: Posts liked thousands of times on Instagram this week are falsely claiming that asymptomatic COVID-19 cases do not exist. “In case anyone is still confused- an ‘asymptomatic’ person is a healthy person,” the posts read. “Never in the history of acute respiratory illnesses have we declared ‘cases’ without any indication of symptoms. It’s called a false positive. The end.” In fact, asymptomatic COVID-19 infections do occur and are a key feature of the virus, according to the CDC and several experts consulted by The Associated Press. “We know that asymptomatic infections occur based on at least two facts,” said Jade Fulce, public affairs specialist at the CDC. First, she said, the “virus has been isolated by culture from persons who have tested positive but never develop symptoms.” Second, she said, “there are well documented cases of infected persons who are asymptomatic who have transmitted infection.” ...

FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/joe-bide...ics-religion-a7dd90823ca346534f1087ba0b1071b1
 

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4 men have been banned from every hospital in England after filming 'empty' corridoors in hospitals claiming covid-19 was a hoax.

"Four men have been banned from every hospital in England after broadcasting images of supposedly empty corridors in a bid to claim Covid-19 was a hoax.

They filmed themselves at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

West Mercia Police said the men, who were not wearing face coverings, challenged hospital staff, accusing them of spreading fake news.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said their actions were reckless."

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-57501164
 

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The June 18 edition of the AP's "Not Real News" feature includes these COVID-related items.

Brain waves not a factor in naming COVID-19 variants

CLAIM: The new COVID-19 variants were named after brain wave frequencies.

THE FACTS: Both virus variants and brain wave frequencies are named using letters from the Greek alphabet. But the names have no connection. As news about the delta COVID-19 variant made headlines, posts online began falsely claiming that the new variants were being named after brain waves or frequencies. Some posts falsely claimed this connection had to do with a secret conspiracy to control humans through technology. ...



Study touting hydroxychloroquine flawed, experts say

CLAIM: The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, when used with the antibiotic azithromycin, can improve survival by nearly 200% when given to COVID-19 patients on ventilators.

THE FACTS: Experts say the small study that this claim is based on proves nothing, and that enough evidence now exists from well-run studies to indicate that hydroxychloroquine is not effective for treating COVID-19. The study in question is being misrepresented online to falsely suggest that top health officials were wrong when they found that hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to treat malaria, had no benefit as a COVID-19 treatment. ...

FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/donald-t...and-politics-46cb7e237e79145f39e38828cb5e797d
 

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(Co)Vid at link.

India Covid-19: The community radio station fighting fake news​

Radio Mewat has been around for decades in Haryana's Nuh district, a region locally known as Mewat, spreading awareness about various things, from primary healthcare to gender rights.

So when Covid-19 struck, its staff also took on the challenge of fighting fake news so people would follow safety protocols and take their jabs.
Sohrab Khan, who has worked at Radio Mewat for a decade, said it's been a challenge, but their efforts paid off when people began taking the threat posed by the virus seriously.

Video by Piyush Nagpal and Kinjal Pandya-Wagh

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-india-57635763
 

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Reminds me of the african misconception that sex with virgins would kill the HIV virus.
Yes. How'd that work out for them?
 

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They're not for eating. They are used in magic potions.
 

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Misled by their supplier?! Yeah, right!

An Australian activewear firm has been fined £2.6m (5m Australian dollars) for claiming its clothing "eliminated" and stopped the spread of Covid.

Lorna Jane had advertised that its clothing used "a groundbreaking technology" called LJ Shield to prevent the "transferal of all pathogens". However, in a ruling, a judge said the company's claim was "exploitative, predatory and potentially dangerous".

Lorna Jane said it accepted the court's ruling. The company maintained that it had been misled by its own supplier. "A trusted supplier sold us a product that did not perform as promised," said Lorna Jane chief executive Bill Clarkson.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-57940657
 

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Misled by their supplier?! Yeah, right!

An Australian activewear firm has been fined £2.6m (5m Australian dollars) for claiming its clothing "eliminated" and stopped the spread of Covid.

Lorna Jane had advertised that its clothing used "a groundbreaking technology" called LJ Shield to prevent the "transferal of all pathogens". However, in a ruling, a judge said the company's claim was "exploitative, predatory and potentially dangerous".

Lorna Jane said it accepted the court's ruling. The company maintained that it had been misled by its own supplier. "A trusted supplier sold us a product that did not perform as promised," said Lorna Jane chief executive Bill Clarkson.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-57940657
She is either very dumb, very gullible or very conniving
 

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"Fears have been expressed for the safety of doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff after they were targeted by anti-vaccine activists.

Police are investigating comments made by Kate Shemirani, a former nurse who has been struck off for using her position to spread Covid misinformation, during the latest anti-lockdown rally at Trafalgar Square in central London on Saturday.



In a widely circulated public speech, she compared medical staff to Nazi war criminals, referred explicitly to their executions and demanded that people gather the names of doctors and nurses in the UK."



https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...r-as-speech-sparks-fears-for-safety-of-medics


Interestingly her son describes her as narcissistic and attention-seeking in other articles.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/son-says-anti-vax-mum-24619696
 

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"Fears have been expressed for the safety of doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff after they were targeted by anti-vaccine activists.

Police are investigating comments made by Kate Shemirani, a former nurse who has been struck off for using her position to spread Covid misinformation, during the latest anti-lockdown rally at Trafalgar Square in central London on Saturday.



In a widely circulated public speech, she compared medical staff to Nazi war criminals, referred explicitly to their executions and demanded that people gather the names of doctors and nurses in the UK."



https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...r-as-speech-sparks-fears-for-safety-of-medics


Interestingly her son describes her as narcissistic and attention-seeking in other articles.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/son-says-anti-vax-mum-24619696
Icke was one of the other leading lights present at that anti-vac protest, railing against a non-existent virus.
 

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There's being contrarian and there's being actively criminal. I saw that footage and despaired. Whenever someone tells you the mental illness epidemic is being exaggerated, point them in the direction of the thousands of deluded there.
 

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Dodgy old Sky News strike again:
News story

Their Australian version has been temporarily banned from YouTube for "spreading disinformation". Owner Rupert Murdoch and his team have been accused of Covid denial (and climate change denial) in the past. Surprising that YT have actually taken action, mind, considering some of the rubbish they let by on their platform, but for a change, I say, "Well done, YouTube."
 

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This Dallas firefighter used fake claims of COVID infection to receive a month of paid leave.
Dallas firefighter allegedly faked his family’s Covid-19 diagnoses and took paid leave to go to a resort

A Dallas firefighter was charged with theft after allegedly taking paid leave for nearly a month while lying about testing positive for Covid-19.

William Jordan Carter ... requested time off on March 24 because his wife had Covid-19, according to an affidavit for his arrest warrant. A week later, he requested another week, saying his daughter had tested positive for the virus. Two days before he was set to return to work, Carter reported to the department he was sick and had tested positive for Covid ...

The fire department has a policy of recommending first responders stay home if they test positive or if someone they lived with tested positive.

When Deputy Chief Lauren Johnson asked Carter to provide a copy of his test results, he told Johnson he hadn’t been tested but thought he had the virus, the affidavit states. Carter also failed to provide documentation of his family’s test results. The deputy chief asked Carter why he made up the false claims.

“Greed, I guess,” Carter responded, according to the affidavit. ...

Bank records in the affidavit show Carter made several purchases in Central Texas in mid-April during his time off, including nearly $1,400 at Kalahari Resort, a large indoor water park and resort in Round Rock, Texas, about 180 miles south of Dallas.

Court documents state that Carter received $12,548.86 in three separate payrolls over the course of his leave. His Covid-19 leave was funded by a collection of tax dollars, sales taxes and fines, according to the affidavit. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/04/us/dallas-firefighter-fake-covid-diagnosis/index.html
 

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A doctor in Florida has been fired for selling mask exemption letters to parents on an 'anti-vax' Facebook page.

"Capital Regional Medical Center removed a recent medical school graduate who offered mask opt-out letters to parents with kids in school in exchange for $50.

Dr. Brian Warden, an emergency room physician, recently promoted mask exemption letters for $50 on Facebook as part of the promotions for the controversial "medical opt-out interview" screenings. His post quickly got a lot of attention after it was shared in the Parents Against Masks Facebook group"

https://www.ibtimes.com.au/doctor-sells-50-mask-exemption-letters-gets-fired-1746465
 
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Getting more bizarre.

The family of a Covid-19 patient who was removed from a Co Donegal hospital have slammed those who took him from the facility.

Joe McCarron was removed from Letterkenny University Hospital on Tuesday by people who claimed he was being forced into the intensive care unit (ICU).

He was rushed back into the hospital on Thursday morning by ambulance where doctors are now battling to keep him alive. A spokesperson for Mr McCarron’s family has now apologised to the staff at the hospital.

Mr McCarron, from Dungloe, is on a ventilator and showing good signs of a possible recovery. The family spokesperson slammed the actions of those who encouraged Joe to leave the hospital.

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40701575.html
 

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Getting more bizarre.

The family of a Covid-19 patient who was removed from a Co Donegal hospital have slammed those who took him from the facility.

Joe McCarron was removed from Letterkenny University Hospital on Tuesday by people who claimed he was being forced into the intensive care unit (ICU).

He was rushed back into the hospital on Thursday morning by ambulance where doctors are now battling to keep him alive. A spokesperson for Mr McCarron’s family has now apologised to the staff at the hospital.

Mr McCarron, from Dungloe, is on a ventilator and showing good signs of a possible recovery. The family spokesperson slammed the actions of those who encouraged Joe to leave the hospital.

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40701575.html

Pity the hospital security staff didn't summon the assistance of the police earlier to remove these "friends".
 

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An asthma organization has issued warnings against using inhalers / nebulizers to inhale the latest alleged wonder treatment for COVID-19 - hydrogen peroxide.
Asthma group warns against social media trend of inhaling hydrogen peroxide to treat coronavirus

A leading asthma patient group has issued a warning against a coronavirus treatment circulating on social media that is leading some people to post videos of themselves breathing in hydrogen peroxide through a nebulizer.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America called the practice "concerning and dangerous" in a Tuesday blog post, emphasizing that it will neither treat nor prevent the virus and is harmful to the lungs. ...

"DO NOT put hydrogen peroxide into your nebulizer and breathe it in. This is dangerous!" ...
FULL STORY: https://news.yahoo.com/asthma-group-warns-against-social-140356400.html
 

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Getting more bizarre.

The family of a Covid-19 patient who was removed from a Co Donegal hospital have slammed those who took him from the facility.

Joe McCarron was removed from Letterkenny University Hospital on Tuesday by people who claimed he was being forced into the intensive care unit (ICU).

He was rushed back into the hospital on Thursday morning by ambulance where doctors are now battling to keep him alive. A spokesperson for Mr McCarron’s family has now apologised to the staff at the hospital.

Mr McCarron, from Dungloe, is on a ventilator and showing good signs of a possible recovery. The family spokesperson slammed the actions of those who encouraged Joe to leave the hospital.

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40701575.html
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/joe-mccarron-covid-donegal

"COVID patient who left Donegal hospital with anti-vaxxer's help has died

Joe McCarron has died at Letterkenny Hospital in Co Donegal roughly 10 days after a video of him leaving the hospital with the help of an anti-vaxxer went viral."

 
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https://www.irishcentral.com/news/joe-mccarron-covid-donegal

"COVID patient who left Donegal hospital with anti-vaxxer's help has died

Joe McCarron has died at Letterkenny Hospital in Co Donegal roughly 10 days after a video of him leaving the hospital with the help of an anti-vaxxer went viral."


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A normal person would be racked with guilt for the rest of his or her life.

These people are not normal people--not any more.

There will be an even more insane rationalisation and justification to evade responsibility--likely involving spurious logic that digs farther down into the rabbit-hole of fiction.
 

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Officer Jack Nyce: 46 years old, Army vet, 17-years on the San Francisco PD. Placed on leave on Nov 1 for refusing the SFPD vaccine mandate. Championed by AntiVaxx. Contracted COVID on Nov 2. Dead of COVID on Nov 12.
 

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Officer Jack Nyce: 46 years old, Army vet, 17-years on the San Francisco PD. Placed on leave on Nov 1 for refusing the SFPD vaccine mandate. Championed by AntiVaxx. Contracted COVID on Nov 2. Dead of COVID on Nov 12.
Was he deliberately infected? Timing is a bit odd.
 
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