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The referenced claim misuses statistics from a study of the vaccines effects based on VAERS data. The study finds that of 824 completed pregnancies of vaccinated women, 104 of the pregnancies were completed due to miscarriage. The letter to the editor claims that in 700 of the pregnancies, the vaccine was administered after 20 weeks when women are at much ...


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The article of the Spiegel is primarily about the BND asking the Five Eyes about whether they evidence of the thesis of the Trump administration that Sars-Cov-2 escaped from a Chinese lab. Then the article says that they didn't provide the BND didn't get evidence from the Trump administration that convinced them of the thesis of COVID-19 escaping a Chinese ...


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I'll start with the easy one: "Is it airborne?". Yes, it is, but that's nothing new. All known variants of COVID-19 can be transmitted by airborne routes, and this has been known since at least last October. "Is it dangerous?" That's a rather subjective question: all variants of COVID-19 could be considered dangerous in the sense that ...


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There is simply no basis to the rumor that Huang Yanling ever had Covid or was even in Wuhan in 2019. The official line from the WIV and Chinese government is that she left Wuhan in 2015. In response, Huang's supervisor Wei Hongping said, "Huang Yanling has been working in another city since her graduation in July 2015. I called her and confirmed that ...


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So much of an oversimplification of specific claims that the verdict is easy: not true. What is true: Very early on in 2003 there were very close matches found of animals being infected with reasonably close relatives of the human SARS-CoV-1 virus strains (Isolation and characterization of viruses related to the SARS coronavirus from certain animals in ...


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Actually, the main/corresponding author (Ralph Baric) of the paper cited in Barden's answer as evidence for "yes" argued in press statements quoted in the Washington Post that the answer is "no". In a lengthy statement to The Fact Checker, Baric — who signed the letter calling for a new investigation — also pushed back against Paul’s ...


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With the specific question and definitions provided, and a fairly broad definition of "engaged in"? Yes. We even have a published paper. https://www.nature.com/articles/nm.3985 A paper published in 9 November 2015. The abstract includes: Using the SARS-CoV reverse genetics system2, we generated and characterized a chimeric virus expressing the ...


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Of course masks help somewhat. That is why there have been zero flu deaths in 2020: masks have stopped the flu. But they have not completely stopped COVID-19, which is a lot more contagious, and probably somewhat airborne (so that masks absorbing the droplets does not always kill COVID-19, although it always kills the influenza virus). Influenza virus does ...


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We finally have a study that examines surgical masks and their effectiveness under different viral-load situations and compares their effectiveness to other types of masks. The research provides the mechanisms for surgical mask protection against COVID-19 infection and incorporates opposing findings The findings demonstrate that surgical masks are effective ...


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Overall, yes the current literature supports the statement that a high BMI increases the severity of COVID-19 but it is not without opposing data, even in some of the supporting literature. In Kim, et al. (2021) they state that the obese had a higher chance of requiring mechanical ventilation and were statistically more likely to die than those without ...


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There appears a plausible mechanism for Thymoquinone to be effective in treating/preventing COVID-19, and indeed as early as July 2020, it was stated that "Therefore, the time is probably appropriate to move thymoquinone from experimentation on the bench to clinical testing for the Covid‐19 pandemic." Ahmad A, Rehman MU, Ahmad P, Alkharfy KM. ...


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