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.

The abundance of the nitroaromatics 2-methyl-5-nitroaniline, 1,3-dinitrobenzene, and 2,6-dinitrotoluene in the body of water in close proximity to the industrial site of Grangemouth.

Nitroaromatics are a common waste product found at the industrial sites, frequently used in various manufacturing processes. They can infiltrate into the bodies of water and contaminate them, posing a threat not only to the environment but also to human health. The specific nitroaromatics investigated in this research are 2-methyl-5-nitroaniline, 1,3-dinitrobenzene, and 2,6-dinitrotoluene and their abundance in the River Carron in relation to their distance to the industrial site of Grangemouth.