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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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The US National Security Council has made a statement on twitter that this is fake: Text of tweet: @WHNSC: Text message rumors of a national #quarantine are FAKE. There is no national lockdown. @CDCgov has and will continue to post the latest guidance on #COVID19. #coronavirus


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Fox News links to the CDC source which says: CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 34 million flu illnesses, 350,000 hospitalizations and 20,000 deaths from flu. By "season" they mean the 2019/2020 season. For data on past seasons, see here. Note the illnesses vs deaths here which gives a mortality rate of 0.05%. The usual ...


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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 latter story ...


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According to The COVID Tracking Project update 3/30/2020 20:14 Eastern Daylight Time There were 945,793 tested. 160,530 positive, 785,263 negative. (Some of the source data is last updated 3/29 but most is from 3/30. The state-by-state notes say that Delaware hasn't released negative results since 3/13 and in some cases, like Utah, the negative ...


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tl;dr: I have found plenty of references to unusually long lines, and a complete absence of "social distancing" in these lines. O'Hare Intl. Airport's Twitter account and The Washington Post explicitly claim that the medical screening is to blame for the wait times, while others imply it. Until there's a retraction or update to those stories, that makes the ...


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This lawsuit is over a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. FOIA is a law requiring government entities to release certain types of information upon request. Plaintiffs asked the CDC to provide evidence of a certain claim. In response, the CDC provided 20 such documents. Link 3 in the OP is to the agreement by attorneys from both plaintiff and ...


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Hannity is not a journalist, even according to Fox, himself or Wikipedia: Sean Patrick Hannity (born December 30, 1961) is an American talk show host and conservative political commentator. [...] Jim Rutenberg commented in August 2016 that Hannity is "not only Mr. Trump's biggest media booster; he also veers into the role of adviser," citing sources ...


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That Hoax message was debunked by Rolling Stone Magazine (funny enough). It makes clear that the Stafford Act does not grant any (additional) lockdown powers, was already invoked before your message and is quite commonly used to tap into FEMA resources: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/what-is-the-stafford-act-coronavirus-text-message-...


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Let's start by saying that all available evidence shows that SARS-CoV-2 (the virus causing COVID-19) is not made (and not even modified) in a lab. There's a very good Bio SE question on this, which I see no point in rehashing here. So, that leaves us with a reduced theory that US has found a novel naturally occuring coronavirus and has weaponized it (to ...


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There's minimal (ie, no) data to back that up that assertion. Here's the timeline of first detection after China: January 13 Thailand January 16 Japan January 20 South Korea January 21 United States January 25 Australia, France, Canada, Malaysia January 27 Cambodia, Germany, Sri Lanka and after that it really started breaking out. It was first detected ...


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The number of confirmed deaths due to influenza has been much less than 20,000 for the 2019-2020 flu season through March 5th 2020. According the the US National Center for Health Statistics, the weekly data for influenza deaths so far this season (through the 8th week of 2020) is as follows: Week Deaths 40 (2019) 16 41 16 42 ...


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No. The tracking of virus mutations shows that this is not true. The replication of the virus is not perfect and causes minor mutations. These mutations can be observed and give evidence about the origin of the virus. This is shown in the a graphical representation in the attached link. Genomic epidemiology of novel coronavirus (hCoV-19)


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The German newspaper Tagesspiegel has an updated article that says the masks have not been confiscated; instead they went to a higher bidder, whose identity is so far unknown. Nach Tagesspiegel-Informationen ist die interne Sprachregelung der Polizei, dass die für die Berliner Polizei bestimmte Ware in Thailand aufgekauft wurde. Die verbindlich ...


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I'm not sure what would be a truly convincing level of evidence for this claim. Also there's the semantic distinction between "not asking" vs "being offered and refusing". But if we gloss over those issues, the topic that Biden has mentioned has been covered in the press before, e.g. by NYT on March 2 Soon after the virus surfaced in China, the C.D.C. got ...


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They do: For Some Buyers With Virus Fears, the Priority Isn’t Toilet Paper. It’s Guns. Gun shops and ammunition dealers say they’ve seen a surge in purchases, particularly from first-time buyers. The company said it recorded two-thirds more transactions in the 11 days after Feb. 22 — when Google Trends indicates that search interest for “...


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COVID-19 Likely came from a live animal transmitting it to a human I've seen others covering this, but it bears repeating. China has a large underground market for freshly slaughtered meat (as in they kill the animal right in front of you). Smithsonian Magazine reported on this in 2017 Officially, the live-bird markets in Beijing have been shuttered for ...


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According to the 25 July 1990 article Killer rabbit redux Chicago Tribune : David Souter, President Bush`s choice for the U.S. Supreme Court, has at least one thing in common with Democrats. He was attacked by a killer rabbit. Jimmy Carter, the last Democrat to be president, once was saved from an attacking bunny by the Secret Service. The judge was ...


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As quoted in numerous stories in Florida papers today, March 24, 2020: "Today there are over 190 direct flights from the New York City area to Florida,” [Gov. Ron] DeSantis said. “I would reckon given the outbreak there that every single flight has someone on it that is positive for COVID-19, and so as we’re working to stop it in the state of Florida.” So, ...


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Q: Is SARS-CoV-2 a biological weapon released by the US military? The probability of this being true approaches effectively zero. What is known so far: It's genetics only point into one direction: that it evolved naturally, in the wild. Neither is it presently more probable to be 'engineered' in any kind of lab, nor is it likely 'released intentionally by ...


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This Request For Correction (RFC) on the aspe.hhs.gov site gives detailed arguments that the CDC overestimates flu related deaths by uniquely bundling flu together with pneumonia, although there are other significant causes of pneumonia. Its author identifies himself as "Kenneth Stoller, International Hyperbaric Medical Association". Dr. Stoller begins as ...


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Yes. See http://www.travel.state.gov/passportstudy (linked in the letter). Since your letter refers to the above .gov site, and the above .gov site refers to the same URL that the letter points you to, it seems to all check out.


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