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Coronavirus: The Infodemic - May 29

Doctor Bolivar Jalca, who is treating patients experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, poses for a photograph outside Manglaralto Hospital, in Manglaralto, Ecuador, May 2, 2020. REUTERS/Vicente Gaibor del Pino

Fake news about the coronavirus can do real harm. is spotlighting fact-checks from other reliable sources here​.

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Claim: The United Nations conditioned COVID-19 aid to Ecuador on the country legalizing abortions.

Verdict: False

Read the full story at: Agence France-Presse​

Social Media Disinfo

A worker in protective suit shows a UVC sterilizer unit for medical staff, during the COVID-19 outbreak, at a factory in Samutprakarn, Thailand April 15, 2020.
A worker in protective suit shows a UVC sterilizer unit for medical staff, during the COVID-19 outbreak, at a factory in Samutprakarn, Thailand April 15, 2020.

Circulating on social media: Claim that UV-C lamps “kill 99.99% of all bacteria, viruses, and mold” on “any surface you want to disinfect” ... “in ten seconds.”

Verdict: Misleading

Read the full story at: Health Feedback

Factual Reads on Coronavirus

The epic battle against coronavirus misinformation and conspiracy theories
Analysts are tracking false rumours about COVID-19 in hopes of curbing their spread.
-- Nature, May 27

New research rewrites history of when Covid-19 took off in the U.S. — and points to missed chances to stop it
The work adds to evidence that the United States missed opportunities to stop the SARS-CoV-2 virus from taking root in this country — and that those opportunities persisted for longer than has been recognized up until now.
-- Stat, May 26

Coronavirus: The human cost of virus misinformation
A BBC team tracking coronavirus misinformation has found links to assaults, arsons and deaths. And experts say the potential for indirect harm caused by rumors, conspiracy theories and bad health information could be much bigger.
-- BBC News, May 27​

How coronavirus stress may scramble our brains
Imaging studies show we should give ourselves a break
-- ScienceNews, May 24

9 ways Covid-19 may forever upend the U.S. health care industry
Already, the coronavirus has led to sweeping changes in who can receive care and how they access it.
-- Stat, May 19​

Coronavirus vaccine trials have their first results — but their promise is still unclear
Scientists urge caution over hints of success emerging from small human and animal studies.
-- Nature, May 19

Animal source of the coronavirus continues to elude scientists
Computational models, cell studies and animal experiments are being used to pinpoint the viral host that kicked off the pandemic.
-- Nature, May 18

Coronavirus research updates: ‘Superspread’ at a choir practice infects dozens
Nature wades through the literature on the new coronavirus — and summarizes key papers as they appear.
-- Nature, May 14

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

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