Infodemic Olympics

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


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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. As of April 2021 in Europe the percentage of commercial flights decreased by 70% compared to the 2019-2020 average, with averages of 75% in Italy, 72% in Spain and France, 71% in Germany

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2. In April 2020, the percentage of electricity consumption in Europe decreased by 11% compared to the 2016-2019 average, with values of 15% in Italy, 14% in France and Spain, 10% in Germany

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3. MRNA COVID-19 vaccines can cause an increase in rare neurodegenerative disorders called prion diseases.

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4. Government food stamps will be denied to those who refuse COVID-19 vaccines.

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5. 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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6. 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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7. At the end of 2020, the income of citizens in Italy has fallen by 4% similar level to 2008 and 2012

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8. DO OTHERS AGREE? Are any other sites reporting this? What sources are they citing?

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9. ANIMAL & CELL STUDIES (experimental). Animal research can be useful, and can predict effects also seen in humans. However, observed effects can also differ, so subsequent human trials are required before a particular effect can be said to be seen in humans. Tests on isolated cells can also produce different results to those in the body.

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10. CAN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS BE VACCINATED WITH COVID-19 VACCINES? At date July 31st, there are no vaccines authorised for children aged under 12 years. Comirnaty was initially authorised for people aged 16 years and over. Subsequently, it was authorised also for adolescents aged 12-15 years. Similarly, Spikevax (Moderna) was initially authorised for people aged 18 years and over, and then it was authorised also for adolescents aged 12-17 years. The other available vaccines (Vaxzevria and Janssen) are not currently authorised for people aged under 18 years.

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11. LOOK FOR THE EVIDENCE.RELY ON MEDICAL RESEARCH, NOT OPINION. #Look for the author of the information, either an individual or an organization, such as BY JANE SMITH, RN, or COPYRIGHT 2016, AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY.

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12. FOCUS ON QUALITY.ALL WEBSITES ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL. #Does the site have an editorial board? #Is information reviewed before it is posted? #Are the board members experts in the subject of the site? #Look for a description of the process for selecting or approving information on the site. It is usually in the ABOUT US section and may be called EDITORIAL POLICY, SELECTION POLICY, or REVIEW POLICY.

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13. 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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14. In December 2020, the number of employed people in Italy reached its lowest absolute value from 2016 to 2021 (June)

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15. DURATION OF PROTECTION BY VACCINES. The duration of protection has not yet been defined with certainty, because so far the observation period has necessarily been a few months. However, data on other types of coronaviruses suggest that it should be at least 9-12 months.

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