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Coronavirus: The Infodemic - May 11

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence unloads boxes of personal protective equipment (PPE) with Norman Rokeach, CEO of Marquis Health Services, while helping to deliver a shipment that was provided by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to the

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Daily Debunk

Claim: Vice President Mike Pence was filmed delivering empty boxes that were supposed to be filled with personal protective equipment to a rehabilitation center in Virginia.

Verdict: False

Read the full story at: Snopes

Social Media Disinfo

Freight traffic arrives at and departs from the Port of Dover in Britain, March 17, 2020.
Freight traffic arrives at and departs from the Port of Dover in Britain, March 17, 2020.

Circulating on social media: Claim that immigrants caused a PPE shipment to be destroyed at the UK's Port of Dover.

Verdict: False

Read the full story at: Full Fact​

Factual Reads on Coronavirus

This Is the Future of the Pandemic
Covid-19 isn’t going away soon. Two recent studies mapped out the possible shapes of its trajectory.
-- New York Times, May 8​

Can COVID-19 survive on my phone?
Yes. That’s why a daily wipe down of “high-touch” surfaces like phones, keyboards and tablet computers is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
-- Associated Press, May 7​

Covid-19 Without Independent Journalism
[I]n Russia, a journalist with Novaya Gazeta, Elena Milashina, has first been beaten; then threatened by the leader of the Russian region of Chechnya; been denied support and, finally, seen an article about COVID-19 with her byline removed from the newspaper’s website, following a demand by Russian federal authorities.
-- EUvsDisinfo, May 6

Profile of a killer: the complex biology powering the coronavirus pandemic
Scientists are piecing together how SARS-CoV-2 operates, where it came from and what it might do next — but pressing questions remain about the source of COVID-19.
-- Nature, May 4

Three potential futures for Covid-19: recurring small outbreaks, a monster wave, or a persistent crisis
What all three scenarios agree on is this: There is virtually no chance Covid-19 will end when the world bids good riddance to a calamitous 2020.
-- Stat, May 1

Wuhan shows the world that the end of lockdown is just the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis
Despite the lifting of most strict lockdown laws, many stores are still shut, restaurants are restricted to takeaway and even when citizens go outside they still wear protective equipment and try to avoid each other.
-- CNN, April 30​

Comparing COVID-19 Deaths to Flu Deaths Is like Comparing Apples to Oranges
The former are actual numbers; the latter are inflated statistical estimates
-- Scientific American, April 28

The race for coronavirus vaccines: a graphical guide
Eight ways in which scientists hope to provide immunity to SARS-CoV-2.
-- Nature, April 28

Coronavirus: How to spot fake news, explained by experts
The COVID-19 crisis is prime time for fake news and misleading health advice. Here are seven ways to stop the spread of false information on the pandemic.
-- Deutsche Welle, April 11

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