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 drinking diluted chlorine dioxide protect against COVID-19?

I read a bit about drinking diluted chlorine dioxide (e.g. 12mg/L) as a supposedly protective means against COVID-19. Apparently it is a widespread belief in Latin America, especially on social media, ...
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Has the US COVID-19 lockdown resulted in more years of life lost than COVID-19 itself?

Published in The Hill on May 25, 2020, an opinion piece by Scott W. Atlas, John R. Birge, Ralph L. Keeney, and Alexander Lipton claims that as of the time of writing, in the United States, COVID-19 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Did the Wuhan Institute of Virology engage in coronavirus gain-of-function research?

Hannity said on Foxnews: The Wuhan facility was experimenting with gain of function with coronaviruses NewsMedical defines the term "gain of function research" as: Gain-of-function ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Have more deaths occurred after Covid-19 vaccines than from vaccine injuries in the previous 15 years in total?

Health Impact News claims that many people are dying of COVID-19 vaccine injuries. Side by side comparison of 15 years of recorded vaccine injuries and deaths vs. 4 months of recorded COVID vaccine ...
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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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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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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. That’s not a guess, we know that pretty conclusively...Every flu season, we give ...
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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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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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Is asymptomatic spread of SARS-CoV-2 rare?

On 2020-06-08, Maria Van Kerkhove (WHO COVID-19 technical lead) stated: From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary ...
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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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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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Are the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna vegan?

The mRNA vaccines from both Pfizer and Moderna contain cholesterol. On the website for the UK National Health System NHS we may read: The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain egg or animal products. ...
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Are Alabama students throwing COVID parties to intentionally get infected?

It was reported recently in several places that students are throwing COVID parties in Alabama, and betting on getting infected first. As far as I can tell ABC News is the original source for this: ...
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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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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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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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Was the virus which causes COVID-19 made in a Chinese lab?

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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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. “The ...
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Is Huang Yanling (a Wuhan virology researcher) the world's first COVID-19 patient?

The Jerusalem Post wrote in Jan 2021 A prominent scientist from the city of Wuhan in China, who has received the title "the world's first COVID-19 patient," has been missing for a year now. ...
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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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Do COVID-19 vaccinations during early pregnancy lead to a higher miscarriage rate?

Steve Kirsch claims in Should you get vaccinated?: 82% miscarriage rate in first 20 weeks (10% is the normal rate). Is this claim that the miscarriage rate is significantly increased through COVID-...
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Does this study from 2012 speak to the potential long term effects of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines?

A paper has been shared various social media sites (for example, on a 4chan /sci/ thread) as "proof" the COVID vaccine results in long term negative outcomes by increasing rates of ...
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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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In February 2020, 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 inadvertently ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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Were 70 COVID-19 testing sites destroyed during the George Floyd protests?

Dr. Deborah Birx, President Trump’s coronavirus response coordinator, warned the nation’s governors on a conference call that 70 coronavirus testing sites had been destroyed amid widespread protests ...
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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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Are there medical reasons for not being able to wear a surgical mask?

In countries with a mask mandate due to high COVID-19 incidences there is often some side rule in effect where you can get a medical certificate if you have some medical condition that would ...