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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. In September 2020 in Europe commercial/industrial bankruptcies exceeded 160% in Italy, 66% in Spain, 38% in France compared to the previous year

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2. 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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3. 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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4. WATCH OUT FOR SEARCH ENGINES. When typing a keyword, the search result does not show a list of sites in order of importance, but the selection may depend on other factors. To clarify, search engines work like ”machine learning”, i.e. they memorise the user’s choices and tastes and then propose topics in line with the preferences expressed in previous choices. Therefore, do not stop at the first search, but try to cross-reference more searches and more data.

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5. Videos posted on social media show magnets sticking to people’s arms after they received COVID-19 vaccines, proving the vaccines contain magnetic ingredients.

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6. NO BLIND TESTING USED. To try and prevent any bias, subjects should not know if they are in the test or the control group. In ‘double-blind’ testing, even researchers don’t know which group subjects are in until after testing. Note, blind testing isn’t always feasible, or ethical.

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7. MISINTERPRETED RESULTS. News articles can distort or misinterpret the findings of research for the sake of a good story, intentionally or otherwise. If possible, try to read the original research, rather than relying on the article based on it for information.

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8. CAN WOMEN OF CHILDBEARING AGE BE VACCINATED WITH COVID-19 VACCINES? Studies on animal models do not show any harmful effects on reproductive capacity associated with vaccination. Therefore, vaccination is also indicated in women of childbearing age.

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9. Dr. Anthony Fauci will personally profit from a COVID-19 vaccine.

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

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11. The COVID-19 vaccine can cause people to develop COVID-19.

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12. 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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13. Vaccines are increasing the number of new variants of the COVID-19 virus and making vaccinated individuals more likely to infect others with new super-strains.

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14. Being in close proximity to someone who has received a COVID-19 vaccine can cause unvaccinated women to have a miscarriage or experience menstrual cycle changes.

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15. CONFLICT OF INTERESTS. Many companies employ scientists to carry out and publish research – whilst this doesn’t necessarily invalidate research, it should be analysed with this in mind. Research can also be misrepresented for personal or financial gain.

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