As Nigeria turns to gold mining, researcher correct about high levels of child lead poisoning

Nigeria Gold Mining

Claim

Reports as recent as 2017 reported 92% prevalence of blood lead poisoning in children from some villages in the Nigerian state of Zamfara.
Source: Tosin Abdulsalam, environmental researcher (28 July 2020)

correct

Verdict

Several studies, including the one cited by the researcher, support the claim that lead levels were dangerously high in Zamfara due to unsafe gold mining.

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HEPA filters capture virtually all viruses and bacteria from air, but don’t ‘eat any form of virus’ on planes

Claim

Filters can “eat any form of virus including coronavirus” on aeroplanes.
Source: Fikile Mbalula, South Africa’s transport minister (29 June 2020)

misleading

Verdict

High efficiency particulate air filters capture virtually all viruses and bacteria from the air in plane cabins. But they can’t capture large infected particles or prevent transmission caused by close contact.

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