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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, incomplete, and just plain inaccurate information circulating about how to prevent the COVID-19 virus (“coronavirus”) from spreading. Some advice measures ...


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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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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 this question, that the criteria that the creator of this image used was Either deaths of American Citizens, or deaths on American soil - this is to prevent ...


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Not peer reviewed The researchers from the University of Denver currently have their paper titled Black lives matter protests, social distancing and COVID-19 posted online as an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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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the study by Colleen Huber, NMD, a Naturopathic Medical Doctor, cited in the OP is incomplete, and was subsequently withdrawn on 13 August, 2020.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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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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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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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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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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True. Says the WHO since March 2020: Children are important drivers of influenza virus transmission in the community. For COVID-19 virus, initial data indicates that children are less affected than adults and that clinical attack rates in the 0-19 age group are low. Further preliminary data from household transmission studies in China suggest that children ...


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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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The sums may be correct; but the number calculated is utterly meaningless. The primary impact on deaths of the shutdown is the number of years of life lost is those saved by the reduction in number of Covid-19 cases and thus deaths. In reality this number almost certainly dwarfs every other number used in the calculation since without the shutdown cases, and ...


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There might be joke or troll posts online claiming these parties exist but there is no hard evidence. Sonya McKinstry "said she heard about the trend from fire officials". Young people are throwing coronavirus parties with a payout when one gets infected, official says - CNN Tuscaloosa Fire Chief Randy Smith told the City Council on Tuesday that ...


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There is no perfect study yet, but the best evidence we have says HCQ doesn't work There are well-known rules for judging the quality of evidence in clinical studies. Since discussion this highly charged question seems to frequently consist of selective citation of studies producing the results some advocated of HCQ want to see, it is worth reviewing those ...


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Exaggerated. According to Socialstyrelsen (the government agency in charge of the health care system), the intensive care capacity of regular hospitals has slightly more than doubled: From 526 places before the crisis to 1131 places as of April 24. Source: Socialstyrelsen. Of those places, 533 are currently used for patients with Covid-19. Note that this ...


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The drop off is due to an always-present lag in reporting. See this live reporting of previous years: The data was sourced from the CDC. They provide past snapshots of the pneumonia and influenza deaths at URI's like: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/weeklyarchives2017-2018/data/nchsdata42.csv You can change the year and the week in the URI to get different ...


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Conflation. And oversimplification. But not completely untrue. Exact phrase is unfortunate and could be treated as 'no evidence for that'. "Doctors" paid directly for "cause of death is Covid" seems to be untrue. In the health care system paid more for a diagnosis of Covid instead of other diagnosis (that is when a patient should be ...


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No, but it's close, ranking between #4 and #6 depending on how you count. As of August 20, 2020, the US death toll from COVID-19 is roughly 175,000 (source: the New York Times, the CDC, and Worldometers all agree to within about 2%). The death toll started rising in late March, for a duration of slightly over five months, not the four months mentioned in ...


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Basically the Atlas et. al (Hill) piece is a flawed comparison because it omits the number of life-years lost in the counterfactual scenario of no lockdown. Here's what a World Bank study has to say, after quantifying the poverty results of the lockdowns, which are actually higher (in relative terms) in developing countries compared to the developed ...


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According to the CDC The 1918 flu pandemic virus kills an estimated 195,000 Americans during October alone. According to the data collected by Johns Hopkins, Covid-19 has killed 173,626 people in the US in total (as of 20 August 2020).* The Spanish flu therefore killed more Americans in the span of one month (October 1918) than Covid-19 has killed in total,...


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It may be worth adding that the WHO sets a somewhat higher threshold for toxicity than the EPA, for chlorine dioxide in water, namely 2mg/L. Anyhow, the problem is that there don't seem to be even animal studies finding that at non-toxic levels (for the host) chlorine dioxide helps with an already established viral infection. So basically there's zero ...


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There is actually a fairly standard statistical method of deriving event death numbers, when official sources aren't trusted: You check the total mortality during the event, and compare it to expected mortality for that period (based on historical data). This technique, sometimes called "mortality displacement", or "excess mortality", is a tool commonly used ...


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