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 Donald Trump fire the entire pandemic response team in 2018?

This tweet claims Trump "fired the entire pandemic response team in 2018": Text: Just a reminder: it’s okay to blame the president for how bad things get with COVID-19 because he fired the ...
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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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Were COVID-19 patients in Wuhan welded into their apartments to enforce the lockdown?

The Sun ran an article in Feburary 2020 covering viral social media videos purportedly showing citizens in Wuhan having their apartment doors welded shut during the COVID-19 lockdown. The wording 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: They are claiming lions are being used to keep Russians indoors during the Coronavirus pandemic.
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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 Appropriations ...
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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: ...
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Did French police fine homeless persons for not being confined at home?

As mentioned in this question, in France, people need to stay at home, and carry the paper if not. The paper will basically explain why we are briefly outside home and that should avoid us being fined....
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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 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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Is COVID-19 more dangerous than typical annual coronavirus variants?

I have heard many people claim in private that COVID-19 is not worse than flu and that the reaction is overblown. As a poster-child example of this, I want to analyze the claims made by the German ...
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Can the SARS-CoV-2 virus float in the air for up to 3 hours?

This doctor on YouTube claims that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can float in the air for up to 3 hours. If it lands in the air, the virus can land on a particle and stay floating there for up to 3 hours. ...
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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 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 ...
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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)?

The BBC states rather briefly that France began its lockdown on Tuesday morning, requiring citizens to carry official paperwork stating why they were not at home. French Interior Minister ...
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Will there be a mandatory quarantine in the US under the Stafford act starting on Monday March 16? [closed]

I received from a family member a message saying that someone they know sent them the following text. please be advised, within 48-72 hours the president will evoke the Stafford Act. Just got off ...
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Are bodies stored in vacant rooms at Detroit hospital?

On April 15, 2020 (today at the moment of writing this question) WIS news posted an article titled "GRAPHIC: Bodies stored in vacant rooms at Detroit hospital overwhelmed by coronavirus". (News ...
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Did the WHO have evidence of significant human-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV-2 prior to January 14, 2020?

On January 5th 2020, the World Health Organisation published a "Disease Outbreak News" article about a disease that was later to be called COVID-19. It states: Based on the preliminary ...
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Have over 1 million people in the US been tested for the coronavirus as of March 30th?

President Donald Trump touted a new coronavirus test that produces results in minutes as opposed to days and announced Monday that more than 1 million Americans have been tested for the disease. ...
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Does a surgical mask help prevent catching COVID-19?

According to the Mayo clinic: "The current recommendations regarding masks are that if you yourself are sick with fever and cough, you can wear a surgical mask to prevent transmission to other ...
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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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Coronavirus - Is it safe to receive a package from China?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that is 'safe' to receive packages from China. e.g. from their Facebook page Is it safe to receive a letter or package from China? Yes, ...
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Were international travellers kept waiting in densely packed queues at US airports due to COVID-19 screenings?

There are several claims online that international travelers returning from Europe were kept waiting in densely packed queues at JKF and O'Hare airports, due to COVID-19 screenings, on the weekend of ...
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Did SARS-CoV-2 originate from ‘People letting animal blood drip on their food’?

On the 2nd March, a popular German talk show format – Hart aber Fair which translates to Harsh but Fair – that airs on Germany’s number one television network, the ARD, broadcast an episode concerning ...
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Did the U.S. refuse coronavirus testing kits offered by the World Health Organisation?

At minute 5:50 of the Democratic Presidential Primary Debate on Sunday, March 15 (video and transcript), former vice president Joe Biden made this claim (emphasis added): [T]he World Health ...
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Has Sweden tripled its ICU capacity to fight Covid-19?

In an youtube interview Prof. Johan Giesecke says that one of the reasons why Sweden is not worried about the UK-style scenarios for Covid-19 is that Sweden has tripled its ICU capacity (which the [UK]...
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Did Tencent release accurate statistics for the Wuhan coronavirus that were 10 times the official figures?

Taiwan News reported the following on February 5: As many experts question the veracity of China's statistics for the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, Tencent over the weekend seems to have ...
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Did health authorities receive a significant number of calls about the use of disinfectants (or drinking bleach) after president Trump mentioned it?

Fox News reported on one hand that public health agencies (in Los Angeles and Maryland) were "inundated" with calls about "drinking bleach" after Trump discussed disinfectants in re Covid-19, but a ...
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Was a “large number” of new COVID-19 clusters in the United States seeded by travellers from Europe?

It has been reported in relation to the recent US travel ban on the EU's 26-country Schengen area that The President justified the ban by saying the EU had failed to take the same precautions as ...
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Is wearing facemasks the reason South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong have more control of Covid-19

There is a graph being shared around on the internet that implies that the reason that South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong have better control of Covid-19 is that the people wear masks as a ...
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Is the loss of (15-21) million mobile users in China in part or partly linked to cover up of COVID-19 numbers? [closed]

OP Update: Directionality of skepticism Is the loss of (15-21) million mobile users in China in part or partly linked to cover up of COVID-19 numbers? I am not saying all these are COVID deaths. ...
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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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Is Russia spreading fake news about some countries' management of COVID-19?

According to a Financial Times article, an EU report warns about the diffusion of fake news by Russian media, in an attempt to discredit involved governments and aggravate the ongoing crisis. Can ...
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Did Germany and France offer help to Italy in the Covid-19 crisis?

An opinion piece published yesterday by DW says: The first thing that fell by the wayside, as always in times of crisis, was solidarity. It was Italy, the first country hit by the Corona crisis — ...
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Are there only 1,200-1,900 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India and Japan, as of March 30, 2020?

According to Coronavirus (COVID-19) map, as of March 30th there are only 1,263 confirmed cases in India and 1,866 in Japan. Meanwhile, there are already 142,000 in US, 9,661 in South Korea, and 41,...
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Did the US confiscate 200,000 masks from a delivery to Berlin?

According to several news reports (SPIEGEL, RBB24, BBC) the Berlin police bought face masks of which 200,000 were confiscated in Bangkok. BBC, 4 April, 2020: The US has been accused of redirecting ...
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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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Has Florida left 75% of its lettuce crop unharvested due to the coronavirus lockdowns?

Various sources claim that Florida's coronavirus lockdown has caused a serious breakdown in the food supply chain in the state. For example, this Politico article states the following: The scale ...
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Did China import 2 billion masks earlier this year to control Covid-19?

I'm wondering if there's not a typo in a recent paper that says that to control the COVID-19 outbreak, the Chinese government imported more than 2.0 billion facemasks between 24 Jan 2020 and 29 Feb ...
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Was there “excess mortality” in Italy due to COVID-19 in March 2020?

The European Mortality Monitoring Project (Euromomo) tracks on a real-time basis, excess number of deaths related to influenza and other possible public health threats across participating European ...
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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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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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Was Trump told around Jan 29 of “risks of a coronavirus pandemic: […] half a million deaths and trillions of dollars in economic losses”?

The NYT writes: Despite Mr. Trump’s denial weeks later, he was told at the time about a Jan. 29 memo produced by his trade adviser, Peter Navarro, laying out in striking detail the potential risks ...
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Did the mayor of Florence ask people to hug Asians during the COVID-19 outbreak?

According to multiple questionable news sources: The Mayor of Florence is facing fresh criticism after he encouraged Italians to “Hug a Chinese” as a stand against racism before Italy was later ...
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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 ...
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Have 'a lot' of New Yorkers 'fled the city' to Florida?

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida has thus far resisted calls for heavier restrictions in the state, and part of his argument for not going further appears to be that stay-at-home orders elsewhere have had ...
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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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Did Trump use the Defense Production Act in recent weeks?

Quoting The Washington Post (emphasis mine, under the headline "Pentagon will seek production of 39 million N95 masks"): Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, a Pentagon spokesman, said the agency received ...
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Is the US government seizing PPE supplies to resell them with a markup?

This copypasta has been flying around on reddit for a while, and I'm wondering how much there is to it. It's more than that. The Federal Government under Trump thinks they have no duty to help ...
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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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Was the Wuhan Center for Disease Control & Prevention hosting coronavirus-infected bats near the COVID-19 initial outbreak?

Botao Xiao et al wrote titled The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus: We screened the area around the seafood market and identified two laboratories conducting research on bat coronavirus. ...