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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Why do some countries allow covid-19 patients to end quarantine after 10 days without a negative test? [closed]

I researched the protocol of releasing covid-19 positive patients in the community for several countries. In most cases, patients are allowed to quit quarantine and go back to normal life after 10 ...
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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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Are anti-racism groups deliberately ignoring the correlation between vitamin D and COVID-19?

The UK Labour Party has issued a six-month study of the disproportionate incidence of COVID-19 among ethnic minorities, written by Baroness Doreen Lawrence: Ethnic minorities in Britain are paying ...
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How/when can a doctor say that someone will no longer transmit Covid? [migrated]

Source This may sound like yet another anti-trump post, but, really I am more concerned for my own health, and that of my family. He is just an easily accessible example (feel free to migrate this to ...
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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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Is covid-19 no worse than the flu [duplicate]

Is it true that covid-19 is no more deadly than the flu.
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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 ...
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Do the majority of doctors in the USA support hydroxychloroquine use for covid-19?

The Claim Scott Adams recently made the claim that the majority of doctors in the USA support the use of hydroxychloroquine. Normally a cartoonist's podcast would not be a notable source for a claim, ...
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Is hydroxychloroquine + zinc + antibiotics an effective treatment for COVID-19?

It's often claimed, for example, in this Spectrum News report that a drug combination of hydroxychloroquine and zinc and antibiotics is an effective early treatment for COVID-19. Researchers at NYU's ...
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Are people more likely to die of COVID-19 in hospital than at home?

From a variety of Facebook posts about COVID-19: Que raro ese COVID-19 ...en casa se curan, pero en los hospitales se mueren (Example 1, 2, 3, with slightly different texts) Translation into English:...
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Did several countries have very low Coronavirus deaths thanks to inhaled steroids?

A West Texas physician named Richard Bartlett has been making the rounds on social media, claiming that Taiwan, Japan and Iceland have been using inhaled steroids such as budesonide to treat ...
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How effective are face masks? [closed]

Actually, all the countries worldwide are discussing policies about face masks. Masks were, up to now, mainly used by surgeons, and now, all medical workers are working with masks. In Switzerland, my ...
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Are Alabama students throwing COVID parties to intentionally get infected?

It was reported recently in several places that students are throwing COVID parties in Alabama, and betting on getting infected first. As far as I can tell ABC News is the original source for this: ...
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Did the Black Lives Matter protests fail to cause a spike in coronavirus cases?

Multiple reputable news organizations have been reporting on a study suggesting the 2020 "Black Lives Matter protests" did not contribute to the increase of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some have ...
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Did one Sherry Michaels lose her daughter to COVID-19 and then use it to make anti-mask posts on Facebook? [closed]

Saw this alleged screenshot from Facebook posted to Twitter. The account and the group are both real. However I have not been able to find the post, although it may have been deleted or I may be ...
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Has the US COVID-19 lockdown resulted in more years of life lost than COVID-19 itself?

Published in The Hill on May 25, 2020, an opinion piece by Scott W. Atlas, John R. Birge, Ralph L. Keeney, and Alexander Lipton claims that as of the time of writing, in the United States, COVID-19 ...
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Did lockdowns limit the spread of COVID-19?

In a May 20, 2020 article (German) cites a mathematician who claims the various lock-down measures against COVID-19 are useless. However, the Israeli mathematician Isaac Ben-Israel believes that a ...
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Were 70 COVID-19 testing sites destroyed during the George Floyd protests?

Dr. Deborah Birx, President Trump’s coronavirus response coordinator, warned the nation’s governors on a conference call that 70 coronavirus testing sites had been destroyed amid widespread protests ...
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Is asymptomatic spread of SARS-CoV-2 rare?

On 2020-06-08, Maria Van Kerkhove (WHO COVID-19 technical lead) stated: From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary ...
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Is a reasonable prediction that by the end of summer there would be ~45,000 deaths in Mexico?

In this video Funeral Homes in Mexico Reveal Coronavirus’ Hidden Death Toll | Coronavirus News says that government is underestimating the death toll. In this part says that health analyst from the ...
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Did a group of monkeys steal SARS-CoV-2 positive blood samples from a health care worker in India?

An article from Reuters claims that a health care worker in India was assaulted by a team of monkeys and robbed of the blood samples that he was carrying: LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - A troop of ...
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Have luxury stores in New York City boarded up, or hired security guards who weren't there before?

In this May 22 2020 article, Nouriel Roubini (BA Bocconi University 1982, PhD Harvard 1988) proclaimed: You’re going to start having food riots soon enough. Look at the luxury stores in New York. ...
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Did the CDC aggregate Covid-19 test data from PCR diagnostic tests with antibody tests?

On May 21st, 2020, The Atlantic reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been mixing the test data from diagnostic and antibody testing, apparently since beginning to ...
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Are there many per capitas? [closed]

Politico quotes Donald Trump : Just this past week, Trump reveled in a mental list he has been keeping of how many tests the U.S. has conducted, approaching 14 million, in comparison with other ...
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Is it true that countries led by women are more successful at handling COVID-19?

This claim's been around a bit, e.g. this source, this source, this source. The countries named are Germany, New Zealand, Iceland, Finland, Belgium, Taiwan, Norway. I'm wondering if this claim cherry-...
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Did the US Federal government take 3 months from the warning its BARDA chief to require more production of N95 masks?

This exchange from a Congressional hearing was mentioned on Twitter and cited by some news Q: "It took 3 months from your initial warnings...for the federal government to...require the ...
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Did Ecuador's privatization of its healthcare system (under Moreno) substantially reduce the number of ICU beds?

As claimed on iacenter.org: What’s behind this crisis is that during the past three years, the neoliberal regime of President Lenín Moreno privatized the public health system and systematically ...
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Is vodka (or alcohol solutions with less than 60% concentration) an effective hand sanitizer against Covid-19?

There has been a lot of insistence in some quarters that hand sanitizers need to have > 60% alcohol contents, even against the new coronavirus and so that e.g. vodka (which typically has lower ...
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Did the NIH start developing a COVID-19 vaccine on January 11?

https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1188532.shtml A Chinese state media claims Trump said that the NIH started developing a COVID-19 vaccine on January 11. Is this claim accurate? If it is, then how ...
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Did the CDC refuse to identify America’s COVID-19 “Patient Zero”?

In an April 10 article, the alternative media outlet, UNZ Review [claimed]: Every public health official on earth knows this yet, despite its WHO obligations, the CDC refuses to identify America’...
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Was Taiwan free of new COVID-19 cases for 30 days up to 12th May, 2020?

Anadolu Agency, a Turkish news agency reported on 6th May: It has been 24 days since the last case of local transmission of COVID-19 was reported in Taiwan. Agon Hare is a musician who runs a ...
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Has China not published an official number of Covid-19 tests performed in its territory?

Taiwan’s vice president Chen Chien-jen claimed in a May 8 interview with France24 (around 3:40) that they cannot find the official number of Covid-19 tests performed in China... the implication being ...
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Did the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) accuse China of pressuring the WHO to suppress news about the Wuhan outbreak?

As reported on Arirang TV and in (more clear detail) on Taiwan News Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) asked World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to suppress news ...
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Were masks imported to China in Jan-Feb resold to Mexico at 20-30 times the price in March?

Global News reports In March, the masks sold to China in January and February were being sold back to Mexico at 20 to 30 times the price, according to [Jorge] Guajardo [Mexico’s former ambassador ...
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Has the US unemployment rate reached 24.9%?

Before this seven-week stretch of 33.5 million initial jobless claims, there were already 7.1 million unemployed Americans as of March 13. When those figures are combined, it equals more than 40 ...
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Did Europe have a Covid-19 case in December?

CNN reports that a Frenchman named Amirouche Hammar had Covid-19 in December in Paris. This was supposedly discovered after old samples were re-checked for the Covid-19 virus. Alas there's hardly any ...
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As of May 2020, are there twice as many deaths from Covid-19 in New York City as there are on a usual day from all other causes combined?

From CNN Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, laid out "10 plain truths" about Covid-19 on Wednesday as he spoke at a House ...
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Were hospitals in California half empty in April 2020 during the covid-19 pandemic?

I read this tweet from Elon Musk on https://mobile.twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1255678979043778560: Hospitals in California have been half empty this whole time Is it true that hospitals in ...
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Did a Chinese researcher sell his lab animals to street food vendors?

An opinion piece in the New York Post by social scientist and activist Steve W. Mosher claims: Some Chinese researchers are in the habit of selling their laboratory animals to street vendors ...
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Did GitHub collaborate with Chinese authorities to remove the “#2020 nCov memory” page on GitHub?

The #2020 nCov memory page [former URL] was a GitHub page. Qz explains: The project, which was started by seven volunteers based around the world, chronicles and collects personal narratives and ...
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To what degree do facemasks protect against COVID-19?

I've seen this picture multiple times on social media. Every time I see it, it has numbers that vary wildly, and usually with no source. Examples: Advert for facemasks Twitter comments Actors ...