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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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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Is there real scientific consensus linking bats to COVID-19? [closed]

I see a lot of articles in the media mentioning new bat species and adding references in the articles or the titles linking bats to coronavirus [The links in ref1 at the bottom are just some samples]. ...
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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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In response to COVID-19, as of 20 April 2020, has China provided the US with over 2.46 billion masks?

A Chinese spokesperson wrote on Twitter: As of Apr. 20, China had provided the US with over 2.46 bn masks, meaning 7 masks for each in the US, plus nearly 5,000 ventilators & many others. Hope ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Does a high BMI increase COVID-19’s severity?

I have been reading in the press about how being obesity can increase the severity of the disease. An article in Wired, Covid-19 Does Not Discriminate by Body Weight (17 April, 2020), seems to ...
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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 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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Can the coronavirus be transmitted in sea water?

Claims have been made that simply being in sea water near a beach exposes you to the possibility of COVOD-19 infection: In a Los Angeles Times interview early last week, [Kim] Prather was quoted ...
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Could the COVID-19 mortality rate be way lower than we think, implying vastly more cases? [closed]

I was analyzing some of the data surrounding COVID-19, and was looking at the vastly different mortality rates (calculated as deaths / total cases * 100). While there are probably many factors ...
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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. ...
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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". (...
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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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Is it true that everyone that currently needs a ventilator can get a ventilator as of April 2020?

Currently we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The current President of the United States made a claim in the April 13th press briefing that the number of ventilators that were requested by ...
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Did Bishop Gerald O. Glenn defy actual orders or recommendations about social distancing?

A lot of U.S. news stories in the last couple of days are describing the case of the recently deceased Bishop Gerald O. Glenn, of the New Deliverance Evangelistic Church of Richmond, VA, who was ...
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Did the sailor from USS Theodore Roosevelt die from Covid-19?

A sailor who was serving aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier has become the first on the ship to die from Covid-19, the US Navy announced. BBC News 13 April 2020 This seems reasonable ...
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Did Joe Biden write a letter of apology over Trump's COVID-19 handling?

In a recent press conference, within the context of talking about the Trump administration's response to COVID-19, Trump said: And when you ask me that question—let me ask you this. Why did Biden ...
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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 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 ...
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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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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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Which data are correct for the number of SARS-CoV2 positive tests in France on April 4?

The data published by the John Hopkins University report a sharp spike in new detected cases of SARS-CoV2 infections in France for two days ago (April 4), with 25000 new people tested positive in one ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Have chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine already been prescribed to billions of people?

In a March 27, 2020 Tech Startups article about a controversial study about the treatement of COVID-19 with the drugs Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine they quote a paper as saying: Chloroquine ...
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Does the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 decrease by washing hands?

Ever since the coronavirus epidemic started, we've been bombarded with messages on how important washing hands is: Respiratory viruses like coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread when mucus or ...
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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. “The ...
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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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Is SARS-CoV-2 spread on newspapers?

There are folks in India who are cancelling their subscriptions to newspapers for fear of catching COVID-19 from them. A doctor on an NDTV COVID-19 Q&A Show dismissed the risk: So far, it has ...
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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. Maybe ...
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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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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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Do young people with no previous pathologies, end up admitted with bilateral pneumonia and serious breathing difficulties due Covid-19?

In this link https://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/347806-fuese-segunda-guerra-mundial-doctora (Spanish) which also contains the YouTube video (where she says basically all of the text mentioned in the ...
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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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Did COVID-19 originate in the US Army and brought to China in the Military World Games? [duplicate]

In the past weeks theories about the US Army creating and bringing COVID-19 to China during the Military World Games (Wuhan, October 2019) have arisen. This is not the first time claims that the virus ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 Christophe ...
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Do air-conditioning systems help to spread SARS-CoV-2?

Newshub in New Zealand reported on March 9, 2020: Scientists in Singapore may have found a clue as to how so many people aboard cruise ship the Diamond Princess ended up getting infected with COVID-...
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Could COVID-19 infect ~78 million Mexicans?

This Imagen TV video (posted 27 February) (Spanish) reports a claim by Mexico's Undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell, that approximately 78 million Mexicans could end up with COVID-19, ~8 to ...