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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 ...
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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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Did Europe have a Covid-19 case in December 2019?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Was the virus which causes COVID-19 made in a Chinese lab? [closed]

This idea was discussed in the Washington Times (no longer available at the original site: on archive.org. The article discusses whether SARS-CoV-2 (the virus which causes COVID-19) could have been ...
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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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Can heat cure COVID-19, the common flu and the common cold?

The following video is quickly making rounds via social media. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-011iO4esA The video claims Dr. Dan Lee Dimke has found that raising the temperature of the sinuses to ...
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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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Can the USA easily get thousands of doctors back very quickly? [closed]

Source President Donald Trump defended his huge budget cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during a Wednesday press conference on the federal government's response to the ...
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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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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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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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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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Are deaths of patients with, but not because of, COVID-19 recorded as COVID-19 deaths in the USA?

A long Mises Institute article questions the US COVID-19 metrics. It ends with this claim, quoted from a Daily Caller reporter's Twitter feed: Here is Dr. Birx saying that the government is recording ...
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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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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 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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Is it probable that the UK COVID-19 death count will eclipse China's? [closed]

The BBC News on March 25 cited a "best case" projected death-count for COVID-19 as 20,000: it is hoped the steps which have been taken, which are essentially about suppressing the virus, ...
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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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Do studies show that viruses are contagious?

An acquaintance of mine has been very adamant that viruses can't be caught and continues to link me things like this Ickonic video, where Jaymie Icke interviews Dr. Andrew Kaufman M.D. who claims: I ...
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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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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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Has the number of pneumonia deaths in the US dramatically dropped in 2020?

A widely-commented upon post on reddit claims that pneumonia deaths in the US have "fallen off a cliff this year": In the conversation I saw several links to CDC data, but they are unclear ...
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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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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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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 ...