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Antivaccine nonsense Popular culture Pseudoscience

No, the flu vaccine does not increase your chance of getting coronavirus by 36% due to viral interference

An antivaccine meme claiming that, because of viral interference, the flu vaccine increases the risk of coronavirus by 36%. It’s a lie based on a cherry-picked result of a negative study and confusing benign coronavirus with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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Complementary and alternative medicine Medicine Pseudoscience Quackery

COVID-19 pandemic: A golden opportunity for quackery

COVID-19 is upon us. Unfortunately, quacks view the coronavirus pandemic not as a threat, but as an opportunity.

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Antivaccine nonsense Bad science Medicine Skepticism/critical thinking

The latest antivaccine conspiracy theory: The COVID-19 outbreak is due to a failed SARS coronavirus vaccine

Yesterday, antivaxxers were saying that the flu vaccine caused the Wuhan 2019-nCoV outbreak because of viral interference. Now the outbreak is due to a failed SARS coronavirus vaccine. Can they get their conspiracy theories straight?

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Antivaccine nonsense Bad science Medicine Pseudoscience

Blaming the flu vaccine for the COVID-19 outbreak: The latest antivaccine misinformation

Antivaccine activists are blaming the coronavirus outbreak in China on—what else?—the flu vaccine, because of course they are. All they have to do is to deceptively invoke “virus interference.” So science-y!