Jason Puckett, wusa9

Jason Puckett


Charlotte, NC, United States

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Past articles by Jason:

VERIFY: Anti-Asian hate crimes have increased during COVID-19 pandemic

The limited preliminary data available show that there has been an increase in anti-Asian hate crimes since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. → Read More

VERIFY: AstraZeneca still recommended and being tested as blood clot reports are investigated

AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine is being investigated for possible blood clot side effects. Some countries have stopped using it, but is the U.S. affected? → Read More

VERIFY: Fact-checking President Biden's speech on COVID-19 and vaccinations

President Joe Biden made several claims about the success of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout during his speech. → Read More

VERIFY: Most of the COVID relief bill is directed toward COVID-related things

If you're just looking at testing, protective gear, treatments and vaccine, then yes. But economic recovery from the pandemic is also addressed in the bill. → Read More

VERIFY: What do the CDC's updated COVID guidelines for fully vaccinated people say?

Fully vaccinated people should continue social distancing and wearing masks in public, but can remove masks indoors with other fully vaccinated people. → Read More

VERIFY: Gas price jump reflects vaccine optimism, Texas storm impact, experts say

Gas prices have been deflated for the past year because of reduced travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's why experts say the cost is going up now. → Read More

VERIFY: Yes, this year's flu activity is far below average

Yes, the number of flu cases this season is dramatically lower and experts are pointing at COVID-19 mitigation measures as one reason why. → Read More

VERIFY: Current evidence suggests it's OK to breastfeed after COVID-19 vaccine

Evidence suggests it may even end up being beneficial for the infant if breastfeeding moms get the COVID-19 vaccine. → Read More

VERIFY: Are fully vaccinated people still getting COVID-19?

This week the VERIFY team tackled misinformation about vaccines, questions about the costs of winter storms and false claims about a toy line's rebrand. → Read More

VERIFY: COVID-19 vaccines didn’t bypass safety testing, don't modify your DNA

Recent claims have emerged that state the vaccines don’t fit the medical definition of vaccines and haven’t passed safety tests. Those claims are false. → Read More

VERIFY: How much are coal, natural gas sources to blame for Texas power woes?

Claims that renewable energy is primarily responsible for the power deficits are false. → Read More

VERIFY: Yes, all of the COVID-19-causing coronavirus in the world could fit in a soda can

The mathematician who calculated whether all the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could fit in a soda can broke down step-by-step how he did the math. → Read More

VERIFY: Wear two masks and know the tricks to a snug fit to stop COVID-19

The CDC has updated its guidance to suggest two masks may be more effective than just one. → Read More

VERIFY: Pay attention to tax rules on stimulus payments

Here are some common questions and answers about how stimulus payments affect filing your 2020 taxes. → Read More

VERIFY: Yes, Senate has held impeachment trials for officials no longer in office

The VERIFY team dug into Senate archives to see if there was any precedent of senators holding a trial for former officials. → Read More

VERIFY: Yes, you should still get a vaccine if you've already had COVID-19

Medical experts are still unsure how long natural immunity lasts for with COVID-19 and reinfection is possible. So it's a good idea to get vaccinated. → Read More

VERIFY: Ibuprofen/Acetaminophen should be avoided before getting vaccine, but OK afterward

The VERIFY team found over-the-counter pain medications like aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen should be avoided before a COVID-19 vaccine, but are OK afterward. → Read More

VERIFY: What happens if I get the 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine but delay the 2nd?

What happens if you can only get half the coronavirus vaccine due to a spread out delivery time or because someone halves the dose? → Read More

VERIFY: Answering common questions about Inauguration Day history

Inauguration Day is a long-held tradition in the United States, and often becomes the topic of a number of fun facts and precedents people commonly like to recall. → Read More

VERIFY: False messages about 'mandatory quarantines' and 'martial law'

A few messages have gone viral since the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, sharing similar falsities about the federal government and coronavirus pandemic. → Read More