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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 contagious diseases are contagious. Dog to dog transmission of a novel influenza virus (H5N2) isolated from a canine To determine whether the novel H5N2 was ...


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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 its staff moved to other departments of the U.S. National Security Council which were not focused on responding to a pandemic. Further, this dissolution was ...


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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 the COVID-19 lockdown has led to 700,000 years of lost life per month, of which 200,000 are due to rising mortality from unemployment and 500,000 are due to ...


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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 snopes article backing this up. In fact (at the time the post was circulating) Russia had hardly any restrictions in place, still planning to go ahead with their ...


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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 total for examination and treatment in the emergency room at a hospital in Florida. It includes tests for 22 other "upper respiratory pathogens." It does not ...


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Not peer reviewed The researchers from the University of Denver currently have their paper titled Black lives matter protests, social distancing and COVID-19 posted online as an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. This means the paper HAS NOT gone through peer review and carries the same scientific weight as a blog. To reiterate, while this work may be valid, it has not ...


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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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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 hospitals are inflating the number of coronavirus hospital admissions and deaths because Medicare pays more if coronavirus is listed as one of the causes of the ...


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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, appears to sharply contradict the doctor's study and conclusions. The True Coronavirus Toll in the U.S. Has Already Surpassed 200,000 Across the United States, at ...


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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. This does not mean stem cells, there are many cell lines that are not stem cells. For research the antibodies are produced in mice, Regeneron calls their system ...


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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; historical trends may not hold during the pandemic. For example, the correlation between unemployment and death may be weaker if more healthy, emotionally stable ...


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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 18,000, whereas total deaths were around 23,000, 297% above normal. And, as can be seen from the chart, deaths still remain around 3,000.


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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 19." I found an article "USA Today" from 18 June, 2020 which quotes a survey that (among other things) asked doctors around the world which ...


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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 statement (“déclaration sur l'honneur”), i.e. a self-statement, or a declaration by the employer. What's not clear in this short statement from the BBC is that ...


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Edit (15/4/20): 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 to say whether the virus passed to humans directly from another animal species, or via a (presumably accidental) release of a specimen from the ...


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This event happened in late January, but not in Wuhan. The restriction was imposed on the accommodation of someone who had been to Wuhan. It was soon seen by the government as an over-reaction, and the metal bars used to secure the door were removed. China's investigative media XinJing Paper reported on it (Google Translate) Two videos of the door of a ...


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The Hong Kong Free Press reports The administrators of 2019nCoVMemory — another GitHub coronavirus archive — made the “protective” move to restrict access to its site to members only, according to an email sent to subscribers that was circulated on Weibo. (I would have preferred to link directly to the email, but I am unable to find it due to language ...


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No. Sanity check: The CDC has provisional weekly death data for 2019 and 2020 available here: https://data.cdc.gov/NCHS/Weekly-Counts-of-Deaths-by-State-and-Select-Causes/muzy-jte6. The average number of deaths per week in July 2019 was ~52,000. The average number of deaths per week in July 2020 was ~54,500. These figures suggest that the weekly mortality ...


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I am writing this aswer because many have a misunderstanding of how the US healthcare system works. The test is free, as discussed by JRE's top answer. Access to the test is in the $100 range. Rossi did not understand how the US medical system works Which is to say, the person used the US medical system very inefficiently. The US does not have single-...


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It is a bit unclear at the moment. But it is certainly not just "fake news". It is an ongoing situation with "his word against his", with the police being one "his", and a not particularly trustworthy one to begin with. It looks much more true than false, without a final verdict being advised right now. There are several human rights and homeless people ...


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There are actually two fairly related news stories about this. Reuters rated that social media account about the NSC pandemics team dissolution as "partially false" because some people were reassigned to similar positions, but there were substantial changes to other agencies presence (e.g. CDC) abroad, especially in China. (I personally find the ...


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CDC's own disclaimer on their combined Covid-19+Pneumonia dataset, which is frankly more relevant than merely the pneumonia one: Data during this period are incomplete because of the lag in time between when the death occurred and when the death certificate is completed, submitted to NCHS and processed for reporting purposes. This delay can range from 1 ...


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Yes, that appears to be the case -- The Detroit News first reported about Sinai-Grace Hospital's body-storage issues on April 9, several days before the CNN report with photos that you saw reposted on WISTV: Accounts of conditions inside the for-profit hospital were given to The Detroit News by five nurses and doctors — some of whom requested ...


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To further illustrate DavePHD's answer regarding incomplete data, please take a look at this screen shot of me comparing the numbers of Pneumonia deaths in the US in 2020, comparing the numbers of deaths Weeks 1-11, released on Week 11, Week 12, and Week 13 First column is 2020 week number, columns 2-4 are the numbers released by the CDC in Weeks 11, 12, ...


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Disclosure up front: I am related to one of the authors of this article, which is why I'm aware of its existence in the first place. This is an (as of yet still awaiting peer review) study of the progress of the outbreak on the cruise ship Diamond Princess. Its findings indicate that On the Diamond Princess 74% (70-78%) of infections proceeded ...


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A more recent study (also published by the CDC) seems to indicate that 30% might be a good enough concentration against SARS-CoV-2: [Figure legend:] Effect of commercially available alcohols in inactivating SARS-CoV-2. The means of 3 independent experiments with SDs (error bars) are shown. A) Results for ethanol. B) Results for 2-propanol. Dark gray bar ...


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The answer to this is going to opinion based to some extent. The WHO like everyone else was largely dependent on China for information at that point. Here's for example what the ECDC reported/concluded on Jan 17: In China, 763 close contacts have been identified and monitored. Of these, 644 have completed the observation period, while 119 remain under ...


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I'd like to tackle a few sets of claims/arguments Wodarg makes in the two videos: (Unknown) baseline prevalence of corona virus infections. Excess mortality / "we wouldn't see anything special" Comparison with Swine Flu when Wodarg was public health officer (Unknown) baseline prevalence of CoV The Glasgow paper he refers to did not look at the general ...


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Maybe, but this article doesn't show that. It is deeply flawed. It is a reiteration of the "sacrifice the elderly" argument with more statistics. The article uses the incorrect points of comparison in various ways, it presents a rosy picture of their proposal that was known to and is being demonstrated to be false, it fails to demonstrate their ...


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The larger context of Birx's quote is:: There are other countries that if you had a preexisting condition and let's say the virus caused you to go to the ICU and then have a heart or kidney problem some countries are recording as a heart issue or a kidney issue and not a COVID-19 death. Right now we are still recording it and we will I mean the great thing ...


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