Claim: People with blood type O are more protected against COVID-19.
Verdict: Lacks Context
Social Media Disinfo
Fresh false claims about COVID-19 vaccine and 5G technology spread online in the Philippines.
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Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Novartis has decided to halt a clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, citing problems in recruiting enough patients for the study of the controversial drug.
-- Medical Express, June 20
How ‘vaccine nationalism’ could block vulnerable populations’ access to COVID-19 vaccines
The most immediate effect of vaccine nationalism is that it further disadvantages countries with fewer resources and bargaining power.
-- The Conversation, June 17
People are getting sick from coronavirus spreading through the air – and that’s a big challenge for reopening
As we try and figure out how to hold services while protecting our members, one question is of particular concern: How common is airborne spread of the virus?
-- The Conversation, June 16
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We’re beginning to understand the mechanism behind this relatively common symptom.
-- Scientific American, June 13
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Elected officials and members of the public who are frustrated with the lockdowns and safety restrictions have at times turned public health workers into politicized punching bags, battering them with countless angry calls and even physical threats.
-- Kaiser Health News, June 12
Latin American scientists join the coronavirus vaccine race: ‘No one’s coming to rescue us’
Researchers fear that breakthroughs from abroad will be too slow or inequitably shared to benefit the global south.
-- Nature, June 12
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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
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-- Nature, April 28
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