Misinformation continues to spread about whether children can get sick from COVID-19 (they can) and whether vaccines will harm them (health officials say the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective).
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September 23, 2021 | Chris Nichols
Breakthrough cases are rare but are fueling misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines, which are safe and effective at preventing the disease.
September 13, 2021 | Chris Nichols
The first batch of results should be released shortly after the polls close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, but that won’t tell the full story.
Can You Handle The Truth?: False Information On COVID-19 Vaccines Spreads As Cases Rise Across United States
One popular Instagram post cherry-picked data from a scientific study to falsely claim COVID-19 vaccines lead to high rates of miscarriages. Early results have not found an increased risk of miscarriage tied to the vaccine.
July 9, 2021 | Chris Nichols
PolitiFact examined the court filings of 430 defendants arrested on charges tied to the riot. It found many individuals were driven by the lie that November’s election was stolen.
Can You Handle The Truth?: Fact-Checking Claims About Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Plans On Homelessness And His Legal Authority
A TV ad supporting Gov. Gavin Newsom in the recall election claims the governor is “getting 65,000 homeless Californians into housing.” PolitiFact California found that’s a long-term goal, not something Newsom has accomplished.
June 11, 2021 | Chris Nichols
News outlets published some of Fauci’s emails after the federal government released them through a Freedom of Information Act request.
June 7, 2021 | Chris Nichols
A survey by the Small Business Roundtable and data tracked by Harvard University support Harris’ statement.
Can You Handle The Truth?: Fact-Checking Vice President Kamala Harris’ Claim On Small Business Closures
June 3, 2021 | Chris Nichols
Harris said one-third of all small businesses have closed during the pandemic. A Harvard University economic tracker and related surveys support her claim.
Can You Handle The Truth?: Fact-Checking Gov. Newsom’s Claim That California Has A $75 Billion Surplus
June 2, 2021 | Chris Nichols
The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst Office estimated the state's surplus is only $38 billion, noting it used a different definition than the governor.