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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Did French police fine homeless persons for not being confined at home in March 2020?

As mentioned in Are all French citizens who go outside their home legally required to carry official papers with a reason why they are out (Covid-19 lockdown)? , in France, people need to stay at home,...
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Did Bill Gates, via the Gates Foundation, use his influence to prevent Oxford from making the patent for their COVID-19 vaccine open source?

In a Jan. 2023 AMA "Ask Me Anything" post on Reddit by Bill Gates, a user, Sherm199, stated that: The Gates foundation fought for the Oxford vaccine to NOT be open-source and to instead be ...
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Did the grandson of John Rabe receive medicine from China during the start of COVID?

There is a story widely reported by prominent newspapers and government outlets in China that Thomas Rabe, the grandson of John Rabe, asked China for medicine and medical supplies at the start of the ...
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Did the Covid vaccines lower fertility rates via causing infertility?

In this Slay News article, linked to by popular right-wing aggregator Off The Press: According to independent journalist JD Rucker, the establishment media and their allies are ignoring the obvious. “...
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Did COVID-19 come to Italy months before the pandemic was declared? [duplicate]

A November 2020 Reuters article suggests that COVID-19 reached Italy earlier than the official first case, based on a study done by the Italian National Cancer Institute. The new coronavirus was ...
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Does taking ivermectin reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection by 83%?

I came across a study that makes the following claim (emphasis mine): Two doses (300 μg/kg/dose in a gap of 72 hours) of ivermectin chemoprophylaxis reduced COVID-19 infection by 83% among HCWs for ...
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Does a COVID-19 test in USA cost consumers more than $US3000?

Yesterday a famous Italian singer, Vasco Rossi, posted on Instagram saying that confirmed COVID-19 cases in USA are low because very few people are checked due to the test costing $3,200. (In Italy, ...
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Does massaging a vaccinated arm reduce effectiveness of vaccine?

The Times of India claims that: With intramuscular vaccines (most of the COVID-19 vaccine shots are delivered through this mean right now), rubbing, pinching or massaging the injection site may ...
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Did a CDC Study confirm a 13,200% increase in Autoimmune Heart Disease After Covid-19 mRNA Vaccines were administered?

This twitter post backed by this article makes the claim that a CDC study found a 13,200% increase in Autoimmune Heart Disease after taking a Covid-19 mRNA vaccine. While the twitter account and site ...
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Do COVID-19 vaccines cause myocarditis in younger men at a rate higher than the virus?

Dr Keith Moran is a practising physician and consultant in internal medicine with a Youtube Channel discussing medicine. In May 2023, he posted a video talking about the risks of myocarditis (...
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Is COVID-19 no longer a public health emergency of international concern?

The WHO declares: that COVID-19 is now an established and ongoing health issue which no longer constitutes a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). Is it true that COVID-19 no ...
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Have the Covid-19 vaccines caused more deaths than Covid-19 itself did?

A popular article by Steve Kirsch on his substack discusses the following: A worldwide Bayesian causal Impact analysis suggests that COVID-19 gene therapy (mRNA vaccine) causes more COVID-19 cases ...
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Did Covid vaccines massively increase excess death in Australia in 2022?

From the Infowars article 5162% INCREASE IN EXCESS DEATH! Australian Government Data Shows MASS Vaccine Death Toll Josh Sigurdson reports on the massive increase in excess death in Australia and ...
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Did Pfizer Australia give its employees different COVID-19 vaccinations to the general public?

A conspiracy-minded Facebook friend recently linked to the (Australian) Therapeutics Goods Administration's Batch release assessment of COVID-19 vaccines. It lists seven batches of the COMIRNATY ...
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Did Sweden experience lower all-cause mortality during the pandemic?

Sections of the Australian media have been claiming recently that Sweden experienced lower excess deaths during the pandemic years compared with other countries, including Australia. The implication ...
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Were Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers asking for reduced liability invoking the unprecedented testing schedule?

According to RebelNews, Canadian MP Anthony Housefather said It's because these documents were signed at the beginning of the pandemic when everybody was desperate for vaccines, when companies were ...
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Was the testing of Covid-19 vaccines "rushed" or "unprecedented"?

Recently, a tweet was made by a Canadian politician, containing a video of a Canadian Member of Parliament, Anthony Housefather, who made some fairly outrageous claims regarding the production of ...
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Did Russia release lions onto the streets to keep people in isolation?

I've seen the below image circulating on Facebook: (source: pressablecdn.com) They are claiming lions are being used to keep Russians indoors during the Coronavirus pandemic.
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Were countries led by women more successful at handling COVID-19 in early 2020?

This claim's been around a bit, e.g. The Hill, Scoop Whoop, NYT. The countries named are Germany, New Zealand, Iceland, Finland, Belgium, Taiwan, Norway. I'm wondering if this claim cherry-picks the ...
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Are pregnant women seven times more likely to die if they get Covid-19?

Accompanying a video on MSN News today (17th jan 023) is the following statement : Pregnant women who catch Covid are SEVEN times more likely to die, warns new research. They are also at a "...
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Are unusually many people dying after being vaccinated for COVID-19?

On May 6, 2021, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said: We all assume the risks are negligible. Vaccines aren’t dangerous...Every flu season, we give influenza shots to more than 160 million Americans. ...
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Did Florida manage a better COVID death rate than the US average despite strong resistance to prevention measures?

I was reading about Ron Desantis on Wikipedia and was a little surprised by the section about his handling of COVID-19 in Florida. It lists a huge number of actions to oppose standard COVID ...
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Does the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine destroy natural immunity in children?

A September 2022 article in The Daily Sceptic discusses a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine about the effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on children between 5 and 11 ...
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Do more vaccines doses increase incidence of COVID-19 infections?

A December 2022 paper, Effectiveness of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Bivalent Vaccine is being passed around social media, by people who argue against the COVID vaccines. They're focused on ...
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Do reports from the UK show that Covid-19 vaccines had a higher mortality rate among children than the Covid Virus in 2021?

According to OAN, between January and December 2021 the covid-19 vaccine had a higher mortality rate among children than the covid virus (see linked video for full content): Reports from the UK ...
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Does this paper show that the cluster of cases around Wuhan Institute of Virology was bigger than the cluster of cases around Huanan Seafood Market?

In this interim report on covid-19 released by the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, figure 5 shows a plot of the social media activity of Weibo users in a covid-...
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Does this graph show that there was an increase in GoFundMe campaigns relating to sudden deaths at the same time as the Pfizer vaccine was authorised? [closed]

Does this graph show that there has been an increase in the number of GoFundMe campaigns relating to sudden deaths, starting at the same time as the authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 ...
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Do Omicron variants of SARS-CoV-2 cause fewer cases of Long COVID than Delta variants?

The Australian Department of Health and Aging has recently published the National COVID-19 Health Management Plan for 2023. I have seen criticism that it plays down the seriousness of "Long COVID&...
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Did Dr. Fauci say that face masks don't work against COVID-19?

For a while, I've been a bit bothered by claims that Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the US President, explicitly claimed that face masks don't work to stop the spread of COVID-19. For ...
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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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Does playing slower music in gyms reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections?

I read (mirror 1, mirror 2) that South Korean authorites have introduced some rules to enforce slower (in terms of BPM) music in gyms to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections: Music with more than ...
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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: Spain transforms ice rink into makeshift mortuary ...
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Does getting more doses of COVID-19 vaccinations correlate to more hospitalisations in NSW, Australia?

Twitter user @LCHF_Matt has created a NSW Surveillance Report which is a dashboard that compare the rate of "events" (which can be configured to include COVID-19 deaths, COVID-19 ICU ...
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Are morticians finding huge blood clots as a result of Covid-19 vaccines in otherwise healthy adults that died suddenly?

Infowars is reporting that Covid-19 vaccines are causing blood clots. For example, here: Another article is here: In this article, the story goes into more detail, with Infowars claiming that "...
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Is the COVID-19 vaccine highly unlikely to prevent infection a year after inoculation?

Vincent Racaniello (Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons) wrote a blog in which he states “It’s highly unlikely that ...
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Did a Pfizer subcontractor compromise the integrity of some data in Pfizer's Covid vaccine trial?

According to Paul D Thacker in this article published in the BMJ, a whistleblower working for a subcontractor in Texas (Ventavia Research Group) reported a number of problems, and was then immediately ...
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Did recently released internal Pfizer documentation show a much lower efficacy rate for the vaccine than previously claimed?

Background A search on Twitter for Pfizer currently shows many people talking about a supposed recent release of documentation (tens of thousands of pages) from Pfizer. A simple Internet search shows ...
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Does this article present an accurate summary of the (in)effectiveness of masks at preventing Covid-19 transmission? [closed]

I realize the question of effectiveness of masks in preventing Covid has already been asked here several times, but no recent one seems to have a conclusive answer. This article from JustFacts (I know ...
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Were Texas & Florida Hiding COVID-19 Data? [closed]

I remember reading that Texas and Florida (which have some high population density cities (and especially Florida with a high percentage of elderly, and hence at risk population) were not comparable ...
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Did "fossil-fuel pollution [kill] three times as many people as COVID-19 did" in 2020?

Bill McKibben writes for The New Yorker in a March 18, 2022 article titled "In a World on Fire, Stop Burning Things" (emphasis added): Our species depends on combustion; it made us human, ...
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Is the Omicron variant of COVID-19 milder than previous strains?

It is widely reported that the Omicron variant is much less dangerous than previous COVID-19 strains. Is there good scientific evidence to back this up or can the difference in hospitalization rates ...
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Is there an unusual distribution of adverse events by lot number for the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines?

This article which has been making rounds on social media for some time, insinuates that something nefarious is going on with the COVID-19 vaccines. It tries to prove this with the VAERS database by ...
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Did the drugs against COVID-19 whose EUA was revoked lead to a huge decline in hospitalization rates in Florida?

The FDA recently revoked the emergency use authorization for Regeneron and Eli Lilly. In this article, Ron Desantis claims that these medications led to “a huge decline” in hospitalization rates in ...
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Is the COVID-19 vaccine 50 times more likely to kill young people than COVID-19 itself?

Michael Yeadon, a former vice president at Pfizer and lately known as, e.g., making unsubstantiated claims about COVID vaccinations, has made the claim in question in a video interview (archived ...
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Does Sweden require a vaccination certificate for travel?

According to this article from CTV News (a large news organization in Canada): Sweden, which has had less COVID-19 restrictions than many countries, still uses a COVID-19 vaccine pass for travelling, ...
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Is hydroxychloroquine proven to reduce the need for hospitalization for Covid-19?

In a study, linked here, a Brazilian institute says that hydroxychloroquine associated with azithromycin is associated with reduced hospitalization rate when given quickly to people showing symptoms ...
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Did 'border closure' have little to no effect on COVID-19 mortality?

I heard about a meta-analysis talking about lockdowns and how their affected border closures have had "little to no effect on COVID-19 mortality": We use “mortality” and “mortality rates” ...
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Does Vitamin D defiency increase the mortality of a covid infection 12 times?

This 2021 study "Pre-infection 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 levels and association with severity of COVID-19 illness" by Amiel A. Dror et al. reports: Of the 253 individuals with pre-infection VitD ...
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Did the CDC say the RT-PCR test cannot distinguish between SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses?

American economist and author Paul Craig Roberts wrote in a blog article, CDC Admits that the Covid Pandemic Was the Product of an Inappropriate Test: Quietly without media attention, the Centers for ...
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Are supermarket shelves in Australia currently empty because of absenteeism due to COVID?

A recent News.com.au article Scott Morrison announces change to isolation rules for workers in critical supply chain industries quotes Australia's Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly: [he] said that ...

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