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 the Chinese government act to suppress news of their Covid outbreak in Wuhan before December 30, 2019?

Wei Jingsheng, a Chinese national who defected in 1997, has written a book (“What Really Happened in Wuhan”) that details how he first heard of a mysterious new virus at the time of the World Military ...
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Is Japanese language "cleaner" than English in terms of spreading coronavirus?

I was watching a video from Abroad In Japan channel where Chris Broad, the creator of that channel talks about a TV show in which "experts" discussed about the reasons why number of cases of ...
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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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Were 830,000 protective masks destined for Italy first blocked in Germany and then "disappeared"?

The website of a manufacturer of (among other things) surgical masks contains a blogpost dated March 13, 2020 (written in Italian). In it, it is claimed that a shipment of 830,000 surgical masks ...
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Was the Wuhan Institute of Virology's bat/rodent virus database taken offline on Sep 12th, 2019?

The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) maintains a number of databases of samples and viral sequences. DRASTIC (Decentralized Radical Autonomous Search Team Investigating COVID-19) area team of sem-...
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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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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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Is there "almost no science" behind social/physical distancing to fight the spread of an epidemic?

On the UnHerd youtube channel, they interviewed "Swedish expert Prof. Johan Giesecke" who said (around 3 minutes in) that while there's science behind hand washing to prevent the spread of disease, ...
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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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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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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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Are flight attendants exempt from COVID-19 quarantine restrictions when leaving New York or entering Canada?

Are the posts below true? fathrowaway7. 2020 Mar 27 23:54 GMT. I’m a flight attendant. We are still flying because we are considered “essential.” You heard about those orders to quarantine ...
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Was the 2009 swine flu pandemic five times deadlier to children under 18 than COVID-19?

Conservative political analyst, Phil Kerpen recently tweeted The 2009-10 swine flu was five times deadlier to kids than COVID. But it didn't hurt boomers, so it didn't stoke an irrational fear/panic ...
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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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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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Did CNN use a photo from Houston in a story about impacts of COVID-19 in San Francisco?

In a public post on Facebook dated March 13, an individual named Jeremy Jack claims that his photo was misused by CNN "to incite mass hysteria around the issue" of COVID-19. Okay.. I have ...
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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 coronavirus ...
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Did some US schools implement a 'COVID Shuffle' to move students every 12-14 minutes to avoid registering contacts?

In September/October 2020, there were news stories that claimed that school administrators were trying to "game" the contact-tracing rules (which required registering 15 minutes close ...
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Does Israel have a contracted minimum quota of people they must inject with Pfizer vaccines?

From Outcry to the world, from Israel!!! (NL+ENG subtitles) (transcript from The Current Situation in Israel as Told by Ilana Rachel Daniel) “There is a contract. There is an actual physical contract ...
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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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Does a politician's claim that towns in Lombardy that went into lockdown had "zero infection rates" thereafter match the official statistics?

Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio (also a former M5S leader) said in an interview (not quoted in the article, but he says it 20 seconds in the embedded video) that The model that is working ...
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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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Did Dr. Rajendra Kapila get both his Pfizer vaccine shots prior to his India visit? And is Pfizer vaccine not so effective against the Indian variant?

A WhatsApp forward I received says the following. [Text:] Dr Rajendra Kapila, Infectious disease expert with Rutgers University was visiting India due to his father in-law's poor health. He got ...