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Did Donald Trump fire the entire pandemic response team in 2018?

This tweet claims Trump "fired the entire pandemic response team in 2018": Text: Just a reminder: it’s okay to blame the president for how bad things get with COVID-19 because he fired the ...

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asked by svh 81 votes
answered by Giter 128 votes

Have over 1 million people in the US been tested for the coronavirus as of March 30th?

President Donald Trump touted a new coronavirus test that produces results in minutes as opposed to days and announced Monday that more than 1 million Americans have been tested for the ...

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asked by Daniel R Hicks 27 votes
answered by DavePhD 35 votes

Did the US confiscate 200,000 masks from a delivery to Berlin?

According to several news reports (SPIEGEL, RBB24, BBC) the Berlin police bought face masks of which 200,000 were confiscated in Bangkok. BBC, 4 April, 2020: The US has been accused of ...

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asked by M. Stern 6 votes
answered by Eike Pierstorff 8 votes

Does this photo depict a human flesh market during the Russian famine?

This distressing photo has circulated around the internet including Daily Mail or The Sun as the depiction of people selling human flesh during The Russian famine of 1921–22. However, the source cited ...

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asked by Probably 6 votes
answered by Fizz 8 votes

Are there only 1,200-1,900 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India and Japan, as of March 30, 2020?

According to Coronavirus (COVID-19) map, as of March 30th there are only 1,263 confirmed cases in India and 1,866 in Japan. Meanwhile, there are already 142,000 in US, 9,661 in South Korea, and ...

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asked by Rahn 6 votes
answered by Lio Elbammalf 9 votes

Is wearing facemasks the reason South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong have more control of Covid-19

There is a graph being shared around on the internet that implies that the reason that South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong have better control of Covid-19 is that the people wear masks as a ...

asked by user1605665 4 votes
answered by Avery 9 votes

Did China import 2 billion masks earlier this year to control Covid-19?

I'm wondering if there's not a typo in a recent paper that says that to control the COVID-19 outbreak, the Chinese government imported more than 2.0 billion facemasks between 24 Jan 2020 and 29 ...

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asked by Fizz 4 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Does majority-white and majority-republican Owsley county have the highest SNAP usage?

Just saw this one shared on Facebook by Occupy Democrats with 79k+ likes. It's a repost of this by Less Than 10 Dollars an Hour. Text reads: Today's Bit of Irony Owsley County, Kentucky ...

united-states race poverty  
asked by Evan Carroll 12 votes
answered by Evan Carroll 13 votes

Did Valerie Jarrett say she wanted "America to be a more Islamic country"?

This picture, being shared on Twitter, alleges that Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to the President, during the Obama administration, claimed to be of Iranian descent and of Islamic faith in ...

united-states politics quotes islam iran  
asked by Evan Carroll 87 votes
answered by Evan Carroll 179 votes

Does the DNA of one sperm contain 37.5 MB of information?

[Source] In an episode of the BBC show QI - Quite Interesting (Series J, Episode 1) Stephen Fry said: How much information do you think is in the DNA of one little sperm...? It's 37.5 MB...

biology physiology sperm dna  
asked by Oliver_C 42 votes
answered by Tor-Einar Jarnbjo 42 votes

Is eating fish and drinking milk at the same time linked with skin disease?

I heard from several people that drinking milk or dairy products while eating fish can lead towards a special skin pigmentation disorders such as different skin color or bright spots on skin. I ...

medical-science nutrition milk disease  
asked by Imran Qureshi 14 votes
answered by Alain 16 votes

Does YouTube delete video dislikes?

On some YouTube videos, particularly highly downvoted ones, I often see comments asserting that their dislikes on the video are being deleted, either by YouTube or the channel itself. From the ...

internet social-media google  
asked by mic 171 votes
answered by PoloHoleSet 197 votes

Was David Cameron linked to "Hang Nelson Mandela" posters in the 1980s?

A post circulating Facebook and elsewhere reads: Nelson Mandela will die soon. Today, tomorrow, this week, next week. It won't be long. Remember this, he out-lived Thatcher. When he does die, and ...

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asked by slim 18 votes
answered by Tom77 15 votes

Do these pictures depict David Hogg after two separate crises?

A post circulating on social media - 48,000 shares and counting so far - depicts still images of two news reports, one in California in August 2017 and one in Florida in February 2018 after the ...

united-states media  
asked by F1Krazy 110 votes
answered by awells 268 votes

Can you answer these questions?

Is SARS-CoV-2 spread on newspapers?

There are folks in India who are cancelling their subscriptions to newspapers for fear of catching COVID-19 from them. A doctor on an NDTV COVID-19 Q&A Show dismissed the risk: So far, it has ...

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asked by tgkprog 1 vote

Are Chinese wet markets selling bat again?

I read that China banned consumption of wild life a few weeks ago. A strict ban on the consumption and farming of wild animals is being rolled out across China in the wake of the deadly ...

china covid-19 meat  
asked by FooBar 3 votes

Are the only remaining polio cases in Africa vaccine-derived?

World Polio Day: Wild poliovirus type 3 declared eradicated: Salisbury also said no WPV1 has been detected anywhere on the African continent since 2016. Several African nations, however, are still ...

vaccines epidemiology africa  
asked by Jay 3 votes
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