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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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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,...


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No. Firstly, the most recent data is Week 13, 2020 which is one week later. Secondly, and most importantly, the data for the most recent weeks are always incomplete. Comparing the data released on Week 12 and Week 13 data, not only have they upped recent counts by many hundred (e.g. Week 11 increased from 2431 to 3203 deaths), but they have upped ...


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Most U.S. news media outlet have principals of ethical conduct or similar guidelines that require their journalists to maintain their independence from their sources and the institutions they cover. Whether such a violation would lead to termination or a lesser punishment is less clear. Though many news organizations publicize their ethics policies -- here ...


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No, the US did not confiscate 200,000 masks from a delivery to Berlin. OP specifically asked whether there was evidence, preferably from the US, regarding the claim made by the German interior minister and in news reports. The U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenfell, posted this article on his twitter feed on 4 April 2020, via The Washington Post, ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Winkler is not telling the whole story. https://crpa.org/news/crpa/did-the-wild-west-really-have-more-gun-control-than-we-do/


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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