Spreading misinformation – retracted coronavirus studies continue to be cited

A year after it had been declared a pandemic, COVID-19 remains an unavoidable topic in many areas of our lives, from daily news headlines to scientific papers continuously being published. The mainstream media is constantly feeding its recipients new information received from the scientific community about the virus. Members of the general public pass on this information to friends, relatives, social media contacts. In a lot of cases, validity of the claims made by the “experts” are not checked – why should they be? First authored by an academic, research often passes a rigorous review process conducted by professionals in the field before being published. The problem arises when a study that should have never been published somehow slips through this process and is then used as a basis for further arguments by the readers and even other scientists.