Questions tagged [covid-19]

For questions regarding the coronavirus disease and its causes called COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO say the disease is caused by a virus that is itself called SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) but also known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, 2019-nCov, the Wuhan Coronavirus and "the Corona virus".

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Do PCR COVID tests have high risk of false positives?

An October 2020 article in Germany's Finanztreff claims: Almost two-thirds [of positive tests for COVID-19] are false positive - at least The Wadsworth Center, the laboratory of the US state of New ...
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Did Oxford University pledge to make its vaccine open license?

There are numerous news stories circulating that claim that before signing an exclusive deal with AstraZeneca to manufacture their COVID-19 vaccine, they had previously pledged to donate the license ...
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Could have we had vaccination for COVID much sooner if we did challenge trials by paying volunteers a lot of money to participate? [closed]

I know this is hypothetical, but not so hypothetical since we know how math works and in retrospect we know how vaccines would work during challenge trials. To explain: Jason Calacanis recently ...
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Do the Hispanic and African American communities in the USA have a knowledge gap about accessing COVID-19 vaccination resources? [closed]

In a Feb 16, 2021 interview, US President Joe Biden claimed: The other thing we found is — and I’m sorry to go on, but this is really important to me. The other part — portion is, a lot of people ...
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Is Sputnik V the first registered vaccine against COVID-19?

Sputnik V vaccine's official website claims that their product is the first registered against the disease. Sputnik V is the world’s first registered vaccine based on a well-studied human adenoviral ...
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Did the mortality drop after some countries made Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine the standard treatments for COVID-19?

During an interview yesterday with 6PR Mornings, Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy, an immunologist, claimed the following: There are many, many countries around the world that now, everybody gets ...
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Does drinking diluted chlorine dioxide protect against COVID-19?

I read a bit about drinking diluted chlorine dioxide (e.g. 12mg/L) as a supposedly protective means against COVID-19. Apparently it is a widespread belief in Latin America, especially on social media, ...
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Has influenza been almost completely wiped out?

According to this article, Simon de Lusignan – professor of primary care at the University of Oxford and director of the Royal College of GPs research and surveillance centre said influenza has now ...
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Did “the” (or a) European Court declare that Covid-19 PCR tests are “not fit for purpose”?

In a long video denying the validity of Covid-19 PCR tests, it's stated at one point (15:17), without much context that the European court declaring that Covid-19 tests are "not fit for purpose&...
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Has SARS-CoV-2 been purified in a lab? If not, does this imply that the PCR test for it is not specific?

Dr. Sam Bailey gives a number of references in her YouTube video on PCR tests stating the virus has never been purified as in actually separated from the infected cells. I'm curious if this is ...
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Did Spain have 433.13K deaths in 2020 and 428.44K in 2019?

In a related question the OP linked to this Knoema site to show that Spain has had no excess deaths in 2020 from Covid-19: I'm skeptical because the site doesn't cite any source for their info. ...
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Did Spain use an ice rink as a morgue?

I remember many articles about ice rinks being used as mortuaries, as covid deaths were increasing. One of the more notable stories can be found here: https://www.france24.com/en/20200324-spain-...
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Do most locations have an infection fatality rate less than 0.20% from Covid-19 (and less than 0.05% for those under 70 y.o.)?

This is the (tentative) conclusion of a meta-analysis found on the WHO's website, written by John Ioannidis, which in its abstract says: Across 51 locations, the median COVID-19 infection fatality ...
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Did WHO publish a bulletin stating that COVID-19 is “equivalent in lethality to seasonal flu”?

Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi said that the WHO published a bulletin stating that COVID-19 is "equivalent in lethality to seasonal flu" in October 2020 in this video. I linked the video so that it ...
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Could a SARS-CoV-2 variant with increased transmissibility lead to more deaths than a variant with increased Case Fatality Ratio?

A January 1, 2021 article by Zeynep Tufekci reported in The Atlantic talks of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 which causes COVID-19. It states: A more transmissible variant of COVID-19 is a potential ...
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Did SARS-CoV-2 appear in some (Mojiang) Chinese miners in 2012?

The N.Y. Post wrote in August 2020: In April 2012, six miners in the Mojiang mine in southwestern China’s Yunnan province fell ill after spending more than 14 days removing bat feces. Three ...
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How likely is that the SARS-CoV-2 spike is the result of site‐directed mutagenesis (a broad family of lab techniques)?

Rossana Segreto and Yuri Deigin write in a (peer-reviewed, I think) article in BioEssays that Might genetic manipulations have been performed in order to evaluate pangolins as possible intermediate ...
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Do N95 respirators help prevent the spread of COVID-19 from infected health care workers?

One of the most politicised scientific issues of 2020 was the question about whether face-masks stop the spread of COVID-19. I trust we can agree that this is notable without requiring specific ...
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Do cloth facemasks help prevent the spread of COVID-19 from infected members of the public?

One of the most politicised scientific issues of 2020 was the question about whether face-masks stop the spread of COVID-19. I trust we can agree that this is notable without requiring specific ...
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Do cloth facemasks help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to healthy members of the public?

One of the most politicised scientific issues of 2020 was the question about whether face-masks stop the spread of COVID-19. I trust we can agree that this is notable without requiring specific ...
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Do surgical masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to healthy members of the public?

One of the most politicised scientific issues of 2020 was the question about whether face-masks stop the spread of COVID-19. I trust we can agree that this is notable without requiring specific ...
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Do surgical masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19 from infected members of the public?

One of the most politicised scientific issues of 2020 was the question about whether face-masks stop the spread of COVID-19. Here are some specific examples: Australian Department of Health (...
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May wearing masks cause increased carbon dioxide [duplicate]

This piece of news of the BBC says that there is not evidence to ascertain whether wearing masks can cause hypoxia or CO2 poisoning. However, I understand that the article Carbon dioxide rebreathing ...
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Are companies spraying toxic disinfectants on shipped packages?

This image and others like it have been posted and shared widely on social media lately. If feels like a rumor/tall tale spread by overly paranoid pet owners. Is there any truth to this? Text of the ...
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When the WHO/CDC/NIH recommended wearing cloth masks, did they cite any scientific paper supporting their effectiveness?

Background The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons asserts that cloth masks are not a way to meaningfully protect someone against COVID-19 nor against source-control. According to their ...
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Does insect repellant protect against Covid-19? [closed]

The Guardian reported on 26 August 2020 that : Citriodiol-based spray can help protect against Covid-19, says MoD lab Citriodiol sprays were made available to the army in the early phases of the ...
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Was COVID-19 in Italy by September 2019?

The claim: The research is based on the analysis of blood samples from 959 people, collected during lung cancer screening tests... Some 23 of the positive results date back to September 2019, ...
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Do hand sanitizers need to be higher than 60% alcohol to be efficacious against SARS-CoV-2?

According to JV Chamary, PhD, in a July 2020 Forbes article The CDC's recommendation to use hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol is wrong with reference to Coronavirus, and its guidelines need ...
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Did COVID-19 take the lives of 3,100 Americans in a single day, making it the third deadliest day in American history?

This image is doing the rounds on Facebook: The image reads: Yes, people die everyday. Yes we know it's not you because you are reading this. Cancer takes approx. 1,600 Americans a day. Heart ...
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Did a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant in India develop encephalopathy?

According to an article on thevaccinereaction.org, a 40-year old vaccine trial participant in India experienced acute encephalopathy after participating in a COVID-19 vaccine trial. The article ...
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Do the COVID-19 vaccine candidates risk inducing infertility in women?

Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg and Dr. Michael Yeadon wrote a request to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on December 1, 2020, demanding that progress on the vaccine candidates be stopped until alleged flaws ...
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Does India have 101 COVID deaths per million population? [closed]

The Worldometer COVID-19 statistics by country currently shows USA: 855 deaths per million population UK: 891 deaths per million population France: 829 deaths per million population but India only ...
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Is the flu more deadly than COVID-19 for children?

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya was quoted in this recent Foundation for Economic Education article: In a debate last week with pro-lockdown Harvard epidemiologist, Marc Lipsitch, Dr. Bhattacharya acknowledged ...
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Are the lockdown methods implemented for COVID-19 unprecedented? [closed]

The The Great Barrington Declaration and it's FAQ make several claims that fly in the face of our approach to this pandemic. The declaration, when read in it's entirety, states lockdowns are not a ...
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Is the Great Barrington Declaration unscientific? [closed]

The Great Barrington Declaration is a statement written and originally signed by 3 top professionals from highly respected institutions (now signed by some 1000's of medical professionals globally, ...
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What is the real amount of new cases per week per 100.000 people in Germany?

As I live in Germany, I am trying to follow the local situation with attention. The other day I saw a source (Financial Times) I was not following being shared on twitter, and I noticed that it was ...
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Is or was Putin hiding in a bunker?

There were rumors that due to the Covid pandemic, Putin was hiding in a bunker (his press secretary denied it). Here's just one of many quotes (sorry if my translation is bad). Right now, somewhere ...
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Do doctors "get more money if somebody dies from Covid”?

Source (one of many). At a rally in Michigan on Friday (Oct 30th, 2020), President Trump repeated an extraordinary and unfounded claim that American doctors were profiteering from coronavirus deaths. ...
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Is there a dramatic decrease in the number of diagnoses of noninfectious diseases?

According to an article in the Swiss newspaper Tagesanzeiger, the CEO of Novartis (one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies) stated in a phone conference on quarterly financials that "...
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Was Donald Trump treated with pharmaceuticals derived from fetal stem cells?

A post on www.twitter.com [link] has garnered over 100K retweets and 345K likes which states: So it turns out the monoclonal antibodies that Trump is on are from fetal stem cells. So Trump is being ...
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Does flu vaccine make us more vulnerable to COVID-19?

There are some claims that the flu vaccine injection has a positive correlation with COVID-19 death rate. For example, the anti-vax site Home Vaccine Education Network says: What connects the ...
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Has China eliminated local transmission of COVID-19 within its borders?

Many sources assert that China appears to have eliminated COVID-19 within the country, except for the odd imported case or cluster, which is quickly isolated and eliminated. For instance, Worldometer'...
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Has Sweden beaten SARS-CoV-2 with herd immunity? [closed]

An article in The Australian newspaper titled "Coronavirus: Sweden ‘has beaten coronavirus with herd immunity’" makes the claim as per the title. Evidence is mounting that Sweden has beaten ...
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Does wearing spectacles protect you from covid?

Yet another surprising study on things that make a difference to the risk of covid has appeared. This one claims, to quote the report in LiveScience: People who wear eyeglasses may be at lower risk ...
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Can sheltering in place for extended periods weaken the immune system?

Example of claim that it does not weaken the immune system from Abc7News: "There is no scientific evidence to suggest staying at home weakens your immune system because you're not getting enough ...
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Is a face shield as effective as a face mask?

On a CDC web page dated August 7, 2020, they warned against the use of face shields as an effective method to stop COVID-19, due to a lack of evidence. There is currently not enough evidence to ...
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Will Coronavirus be present “forever in some form or another”?

Today there was an article on comments from Sir Mark Walport (part of Sage, the UK government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) on the BBC that said that coronavirus would not go away and ...
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Is Covid-19 the biggest ever killer of Americans (mutatis mutandis)?

I was reading Stuart Stevens' interview on Politico, and came across this claim: more Americans have died from a disease [referring to Covid-19] in the last four months than have ever died of ...
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Is the current weekly mortality rate in the US the lowest in a decade and the second lowest in the 21st century so far?

There is an article, that has been circulating the past two days, entitled: Is There a Pandemic? In the abstract the author gives her method: However, only 32 weeks have elapsed in 2020. For each ...
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Are vapers more likely to catch COVID-19?

Recently a number of reports have surfaced claiming that vaping radically increases susceptibility to COVID-19 infection among the young. For example, Sky News reports: Teenagers and young adults who ...