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Past articles by Erin:

Yes, some at-home COVID tests contain a toxic chemical, but they’re safe when used correctly

The liquid in some rapid at-home COVID-19 tests contains a small amount of the toxic chemical sodium azide, but they are safe when used properly. → Read More

Yes, the free N95 masks from the federal government are made in the US

All of the free, NIOSH-approved N95 masks deployed from the federal government’s stockpile were manufactured in the United States. → Read More

The 5 most-read COVID-19 VERIFY stories in 2021

The coronavirus pandemic impacted all facets of life for people around the world in 2021. Here are the COVID-19 stories you read the most this year. → Read More

No, Twitter isn’t penalizing accounts that suggest vaccinated people can spread COVID-19

According to a Twitter spokesperson, the Help Center language referenced in online claims was a “typo that has been corrected.” → Read More

Yes, it’s safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine booster if you have mild cold symptoms

Health experts say it’s “perfectly fine” to get vaccinated if you are experiencing mild cold symptoms, like a runny nose or a scratchy throat. → Read More

Yes, Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ is the most-streamed holiday song

Music streaming app data shows Mariah Carey’s hit holiday single, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” garners the most streams on the holiday charts. → Read More

Yes, eating more fiber can help with weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight

Experts say foods that are high in fiber are good for your health, and it’s true that eating more fiber can help you lose weight and even maintain a healthy weight. → Read More

Fact-checking 3 claims about proof of vaccination requirements

New York City became the first U.S. city to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination at restaurants, gyms and other businesses. Now other areas are following suit. → Read More

Yes, President Biden attended the dignified transfer of 13 US troops killed in Afghanistan

Photos and video show President Joe Biden attended the dignified transfer of the fallen service members’ remains at Dover Air Force Base on Aug. 29. → Read More

Yes, Pfizer’s CEO did get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

In March 2021, Pfizer’s CEO tweeted a photo of him receiving his second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. → Read More

Yes, the US embargo allows humanitarian aid to reach Cuba, but it’s unclear whether Cuban citizens are receiving it

Several organizations continue to acknowledge that Cubans are not receiving humanitarian aid from the U.S. due to the embargo against the country. → Read More

No, the children of members of Congress are not exempt from repaying their student loans

Being the child of a member of Congress may have its perks, but they are responsible for repaying their student loans. → Read More

Kanye West’s $1.8M Yeezys are the most expensive sneakers ever sold at auction

This tops the world record of a pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s worn by Michael Jordan in 1985 and sold for $560,000 in 2020. → Read More

Yes, prison inmates can claim their own stimulus checks

Some people who are incarcerated say they haven’t received any of their money. They reached out to the VERIFY team for help. → Read More