Infodemic Olympics 2021

BiblioVerifica dedicates the Olympics 2021 to the GLOBAL INFODEMIC: Misinformation, bad science, scientific evidence, tips for debunking through 15 self-assessment.
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Infodemic Olympics 2021

BiblioVerifica dedicates the Olympics 2021 to the Global INFODEMIC , through 15 self-assessment quizzes on Scientific evidence, Misinformation, Bad science, tips for debunking.

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1. DON’T FALL FOR CONSPIRACY PSYCHOSIS. It is common to come across catastrophic news on the Web about the effect of vaccines and drugs. Never lose your ability to analyse and criticise, and always consult your doctor.

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2. The COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to cause infertility in 97 percent of its recipients.

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3. VARIANTS OF SARS-COV-2 VIRUS HAVE BEEN REPORTED: WILL VACCINES BE EFFECTIVE ALSO AGAINST SUCH VARIANTS? SARS-CoV-2 virus is subject to frequent mutations. The vaccine-induced immune response protects against most of these variants although protection might be less effective against some of them.

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4. NO CONTROL GROUP USED. In clinical trials, results from test subjects should be compared to a ‘control group’ not given the substance being tested. Groups should also be allocated randomly. In general experiments, a control test should be used where all variables are controlled.

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5. The increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths in India between February and May 2021 was caused by COVID-19 vaccinations.

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6. The COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca will turn people into monkeys.

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7. BEWARE OF BIAS. WHO PAYS FOR THE SITE? WHAT IS THE PURPOSE? #For example, if a page about treatment of depression recommends a drug by name, is the information from the drug’s manufacturer?

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8. PCR tests used to detect the virus that causes COVID-19 can also be used to secretly deliver the COVID-19 vaccine, according to research from Johns Hopkins University.

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9. As of April 2021, industrial production in Italy reached pre-covid levels (average year 2019) for the use of capital goods and intermediate goods

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10. In 2020 in Italy deaths increased only for citizens aged 65+ compared to the 2015-2019 average

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11. CONSIDER THE SOURCE. Use recognized, responsible authorities.Ask some key questions: #Who is providing the content? #What do they know about the topic? #Why are they providing this information? #Where does it come from? #Is it up-to-date? #How is the site funded? #Is there advertising on the site, and, if so, is it clearly labeled?

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12. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is 99 percent graphene oxide, according to a study published by the University of Almeria in Spain.

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13. A nurse in Alabama died hours after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

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14. RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIALS (experimental) Subjects are randomly assigned to a test group, which receives the treatment, or a control group, which commonly receives a placebo. In ‘blind’ trials, participants do not know which group they are in; in ‘double blind’ trials, the experimenters do not know either. Blinding trials helps remove bias.

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15. Scientists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have discovered that mRNA inactivates tumor-suppressing proteins, meaning that mRNA vaccines used to protect against COVID-19 can cause cancer.

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