Coronavirus: The Infodemic - October 26

Monday, 26 October 2020
Coronavirus: The Infodemic - October 26Daily Debunk Claim: "COVID-19 is a type of flu and is not a pandemic; PCR tests are up to 94% false positive; only 98 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported in Ireland." -- World Doctors Alliance video Verdict: False Read the full story at: Health Feedback Social Media Disinfo Circulating on social media: "Viral posts suggest that COVID-19 can’t be a serious disease if it hasn’t “wiped out the homeless.” But recent reports published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found high rates of homeless residents testing positive for the novel coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2." Verdict: False Read the full story at:    Factual Reads on Coronavirus Confronting Misinformation How to protect society from fear, lies and division. -- Scientific American, November 1, 2020 Improving pandemic preparedness: Lessons from COVID-19 The United States and the world were caught unprepared by the COVID-19 pandemic despite decades of warnings of the threat of global pandemics and years of international planning. -- Council on Foreign Relations, October 2020 The coronavirus test results that predict an outbreak's course Viral levels in people infected with SARS-CoV-2 in a specific town or city could be used to assess whether the epidemic there has passed its peak. -- Nature, October 19 Coronavirus can last 28 days on glass and currency, study finds Findings from the study by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, appear to show that in a very controlled environment the virus remained infectious for longer than other studies have found. -- Reuters, October 11 Eight Persistent COVID-19 Myths and Why People Believe Them From a human-made virus to vaccine conspiracy theories, we rounded up the most insidious false claims about the pandemic -- Scientific American, October 12 5 Things to Know About a COVID Vaccine: It Won’t Be a ‘Magic Wand’ President Donald Trump makes no secret he would like a COVID-19 vaccine to be available before the election. But it’s doubtful that will happen. -- Kaiser Health News, October 5 Watch: Antibodies, immunity, and what they mean for Covid-19, explained The immune system is no wimp. When pathogens cause illness, it kicks into high gear. Cells work together to tag, kill and gobble up invaders as they fight the infection. -- Stat, May 5 The race for coronavirus vaccines: a graphical guide Eight ways in which scientists hope to provide immunity to SARS-CoV-2.  -- Nature, April 28   The Best Coronavirus Myth-Busting Collections COVID19 Infodemics Observatory Agence France Presse Snopes BuzzFeed Associated Press Washington Post TruthOrFiction Mapping COVID-19 Casualties   Reliable Coronavirus Information World Health Organization U.S. Centers for Disease Control Federation of American Scientists Emergency Physicians Johns Hopkins University & Medicine​ Pan American Health Organization Google COVID‑19 Information & Resources

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