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Does drinking diluted chlorine dioxide protect against COVID-19?

DO NOT DRINK BLEACH! Chlorine dioxide is a type of bleach. The Blue Ridge Poisoning Center at University of Virginia Health put out a specific warning not to drink bleach. There is a lot of confusing,...
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Do COVID-19 vaccines cause two deaths for every three deaths they prevent?

A series of comments on the article's PubPeer appears to entirely invalidate the paper's conclusion; the paper commits several classic errors which have been previously discussed on skeptics.se. First ...
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Do studies show that viruses are contagious?

A qualified doctor challenging the Germ Theory of Disease after 1900? Wow. This is just a smattering - just a random tasting - of the thousands - or perhaps millions - of studies showing that ...
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Did Donald Trump fire the entire pandemic response team in 2018?

Although it's not true that Trump himself 'fired the entire pandemic response team', it is true that in April-July of 2018 the Directorate of Global Health Security and Biodefense was dissolved, and ...
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Do COVID-19 vaccines cause two deaths for every three deaths they prevent?

Update (7/9/21): The paper was retracted on July 2, 2021. The retraction cited the same concern that not all deaths reported to national government systems are necessarily caused by the vaccine, while ...
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Has the US COVID-19 lockdown resulted in more years of life lost than COVID-19 itself?

Article claim: Specious on its own terms Contra the excellently researched answer from Paul Draper, the claim in the article is untrue at the time it was written. The article's central claim is that ...
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Is the COVID-19 vaccine 50 times more likely to kill young people than COVID-19 itself?

As per context from the Bannon-hosted interview, the claim was made in the context of the US FDA approval for vaccinating the 12-15 y.o., so I'll address it [only] in that regard. The claims is ...
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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?

The numbers on the chart seem to be close for the most part, although there are other events that match the criteria of this image that should be included. We are going to assume, for the sake of ...
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Did the CDC say the RT-PCR test cannot distinguish between SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses?

The blog post you linked is entirely based on a fundamental misreading of the CDC statement. The CDC did not say that the original tests cannot distinguish between SARS-CoV-2 and influenza. And this ...
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Are unusually many people dying after being vaccinated for COVID-19?

This has been fact-checked extensively: All following quotes are from the Washington Post. It may be a stunning picture, but it’s also a highly misleading and cherry-picked one. The most crucial ...
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Did Russia release lions onto the streets to keep people in isolation?

No, they didn't I remember the image (not the news headers) from a few years back when a film crew got into trouble for using a (tamed) lion in some filming in Johannesburg. Here is the relevant ...
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Did the Black Lives Matter protests fail to cause a spike in coronavirus cases?

Not peer reviewed The researchers from the University of Denver currently have their paper titled Black lives matter protests, social distancing and COVID-19 posted online as an NBER Working Paper. ...
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Does a COVID-19 test in USA cost consumers more than $US3000?

That would appear to be a total misrepresentation of what happened. USA Today reported on the incident. The person was charged something over $3000 for an emergency room visit, but: That was the ...
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Did the WHO deliberately skip the letters Xi and Nu when naming the latest COVID-19 variant Omicron?

Yes, according to a reporter for the Telegraph: A WHO source confirmed the letters Nu and Xi of the Greek alphabet had been deliberately avoided. Nu had been skipped to avoid confusion with the word &...
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Did Russia release lions onto the streets to keep people in isolation?

This meme template is from breakyourownnews.com. In hindsight it's easy to spot the artifacting in the upper right-hand corner where the memer photoshopped out the site's watermark.
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Do doctors "get more money if somebody dies from Covid”?

Can anyone explain what trump is claiming here ... What Trump was claiming is something that has been claimed multiple times since the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic: That doctors and ...
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Is Alberta ending coronavirus restrictions because of failing to provide evidence of SARS-COV2 virus existence in court?

Short version: Mr. King is misrepresenting the words of a document he received in an ongoing court case against him. He misconstrues the document to mean there is no proof that the virus causing ...
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As of August 2020, was the weekly mortality rate in the US the lowest in a decade and the second lowest in the 21st century so far?

It appears that the study by Colleen Huber, NMD, a Naturopathic Medical Doctor, cited in the OP is incomplete, and was subsequently withdrawn on 13 August, 2020. The NYT article, 13 August 2020, ...
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Was Donald Trump treated with pharmaceuticals derived from fetal stem cells?

What Donald Trump received was a cocktail of two monoclonal antibodies. There are various ways to produce those, Regeneron does state on their homepage that they use Cell Lines for mass production. ...
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Has the US COVID-19 lockdown resulted in more years of life lost than COVID-19 itself?

Probably yes The authors did a great job of citing sources and, except for underestimating COVID-19 years lost, the math largely checks out. The obvious caveat is these figures are extrapolations; ...
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Does wearing a face mask cause intermittent hypoxia?

This study has way too many problems to draw such a conclusion. It can only be taken as an indication that it may be worth further study, or may corroborate or contradict other, more carefully ...
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Are the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna vegan?

Does Pfizer/BioNTech's Comirnaty/Tozinameran mRNA vaccine contain anything derived from animals, specifically animal-derived cholesterol, making it non-vegan? No. Neither the cholesterol nor any ...
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Was the virus which causes COVID-19 made in a Chinese lab?

Biological and genetic analysis of the virus suggests that the virus evolved naturally, i.e. was not "made in a Chinese lab". However, as Lang Lang's answer notes, it is arguably premature ...
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Did the French government print posters explaining COVID-19 vaccination passport policy already in January 2020?

According to several French newspapers, e.g. Liberation, the explanation is that the 2020 date was a typo. Plusieurs affiches sur le pass sanitaire indiquent une date au 20 janvier 2020, avant les ...
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Does the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (or any known vaccine) increase infection rates?

I'll answer the question about AstraZeneca first, because it's important to be precise here about what this means for the SARS-CoV2 vaccines we're using right now. The answer there is that there is no ...
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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?

According to the New York Times, weekly deaths peaked around 7,000 in late March, whereas the average death rate was around 1,000. Reported COVID deaths for the period March 11-May 2 were around 18,...
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Do the majority of doctors in the USA support hydroxychloroquine use for covid-19?

The only way to settle this is to find and cite a study or survey that supports or refutes the claim that "the majority of doctors in the USA support the use of hydroxychloroquine against COVID ...
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Did the WHO deliberately skip the letters Xi and Nu when naming the latest COVID-19 variant Omicron?

The New York Times names a WHO spokesman the paper quotes: “‘Nu’ is too easily confounded with ‘new,’” Tarik Jasarevic, a W.H.O. spokesman, said on Saturday. “And ‘Xi’ was not used because it is a ...
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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)?

Yes, it's true (but imprecise). All residents of France (this is unrelated to citizenship) need to carry an authorization and the police is checking these authorizations. The authorization is a sworn ...
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Have more deaths occurred after Covid-19 vaccines than from vaccine injuries in the previous 15 years in total?

I think the explanation for "oddity" in those numbers (besides the fact that they don't capture causality) is that in usual circumstances vaccines are mostly administered to children, so ...
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