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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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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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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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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Has any US official said that the economy cannot be “fixed” if the pandemic is not “fixed”?

Context A week ago or so, Romania observed a conflict between the central authorities dealing with the pandemic (who want more restrictions) and the local authorities in a county (who want fewer ...
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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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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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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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Were hospitals in California half empty in April 2020 during the covid-19 pandemic?

I read this tweet from Elon Musk on https://mobile.twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1255678979043778560: Hospitals in California have been half empty this whole time Is it true that hospitals in ...
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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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Did Ecuador's privatization of its healthcare system (under Moreno) substantially reduce the number of ICU beds?

As claimed on iacenter.org: What’s behind this crisis is that during the past three years, the neoliberal regime of President Lenín Moreno privatized the public health system and systematically ...
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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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Did the mortality drop after some countries made Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine the standard treatments for COVID-19?

During an interview yesterday with 6PR Mornings, Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy, an immunologist, claimed the following: There are many, many countries around the world that now, everybody gets ...
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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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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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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 SARS-CoV-2 been purified in a lab? If not, does this imply that the PCR test for it is not specific?

Dr. Sam Bailey gives a number of references in her YouTube video on PCR tests stating the virus has never been purified as in actually separated from the infected cells. I'm curious if this is ...
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Is this alleged leak of a 2015 Chinese paper evidence that COVID-19 is an accidentally released bioweapon? [closed]

While searching around on the news today, I found this article, which alleges that a Chinese paper published in 2015, titled "The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Has China not published an official number of Covid-19 tests performed in its territory?

Taiwan’s vice president Chen Chien-jen claimed in a May 8 interview with France24 (around 3:40) that they cannot find the official number of Covid-19 tests performed in China... the implication being ...
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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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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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Did one Sherry Michaels lose her daughter to COVID-19 and then use it to make anti-mask posts on Facebook? [closed]

Saw this alleged screenshot from Facebook posted to Twitter. The account and the group are both real. However I have not been able to find the post, although it may have been deleted or I may be ...
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Has influenza been almost completely wiped out?

According to this article, Simon de Lusignan – professor of primary care at the University of Oxford and director of the Royal College of GPs research and surveillance centre said influenza has now ...
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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 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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Have COVID-19 vaccination trials started in Seattle?

I am reading conflicting information on this. In a supposed Associated Press Exclusive, a report went out March 16th saying: U.S. researchers gave the first shots in a first test of an ...
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Did Spain use an ice rink as a morgue?

I remember many articles about ice rinks being used as mortuaries, as covid deaths were increasing. One of the more notable stories can be found here: https://www.france24.com/en/20200324-spain-...
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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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Are New Yorkers lining up in front of gun shops?

Clio Zammatteo is an Italian-American blogger who lives in New York. She recently posted a video (in Italian, as reported by la Repubblica) saying she had left New York because she was scared that ...
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Do RTPCR tests for COVID-19 use a 35+ CT cutoff value? [closed]

There is a criticism around the world concerning the Cycle Threshold (CT) cutoff value used in the RT-PCR test for Covid (SARS-CoV-2). According to several sources (e.g. this one), a 40+ CT cutoff ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Are there many per capitas? [closed]

Politico quotes Donald Trump : Just this past week, Trump reveled in a mental list he has been keeping of how many tests the U.S. has conducted, approaching 14 million, in comparison with other ...
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Is “flatten the curve” plot from Economist informative [closed]

This picture from this article quickly became very popular. Keep in mind that I'm not arguing with the obvious idea that some serious measures should be taken to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. ...
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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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Is a reasonable prediction that by the end of summer there would be ~45,000 deaths in Mexico?

In this video Funeral Homes in Mexico Reveal Coronavirus’ Hidden Death Toll | Coronavirus News says that government is underestimating the death toll. In this part says that health analyst from the ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Is SARS-CoV-2 a biological weapon released by the US military?

SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus that is the cause of the disease COVID-19. Some people have questioned the origins of the virus. RadioFreeEurope reported on March 5, 2020 on a claim by an Iranian ...
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Are people more likely to die of COVID-19 in hospital than at home?

From a variety of Facebook posts about COVID-19: Que raro ese COVID-19 ...en casa se curan, pero en los hospitales se mueren (Example 1, 2, 3, with slightly different texts) Translation into English:...