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Coronavirus: The Infodemic - June 22

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

Daily Debunk

Claim: Getting a new tattoo is a cure for COVID-19.

Verdict: False

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Social Media Disinfo

FILE PHOTO: Various N95 respiration masks at a laboratory of 3M, in Maplewood, Minnesota, U.S. REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Various N95 respiration masks at a laboratory of 3M, in Maplewood, Minnesota, U.S. REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi/File Photo

Claim: “N95 masks block few, if any” COVID-19 particles due to their size.

Verdict: False

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Factual Reads on Coronavirus

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

Why COVID-19 Makes People Lose Their Sense of Smell
We’re beginning to understand the mechanism behind this relatively common symptom.
-- Scientific American, June 13

Public Health Officials Face Wave Of Threats, Pressure Amid Coronavirus Response
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

China Vowed to Keep Wildlife Off the Menu, a Tough Promise to Keep
The government has moved slowly to permanently stop the sale and consumption of wild animals in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, raising fears the practice may continue.
-- New York Times, June 7

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

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