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Coronavirus: The Infodemic - October 20

People walk their dogs on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S., October 19, 2020. REUTERS/Bing Guan

Daily Debunk

Claim: "No one under 20 has died of COVID-19, and 'it has not actually been determined yet' that anyone under 20 can spread it to an older person." -- Wisconsin senator

Verdict: Mostly false

Read the full story at: Politifact

Social Media Disinfo

Circulating on social media: "A widely shared image claims to show CNN anchor Don Lemon denouncing Nigeria's controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and Covid-19 as "two deadly viruses" killing people in the West African nation. AFP Fact Check found that the picture was digitally manipulated to change the news banner." -- AFP Fact Check

Verdict: False

Read the full story at: AFP Fact Check

Factual Reads on Coronavirus

How to void coronavirus while voting
Epidemiologists offer tips for U.S. voters and poll workers to limit their chances of getting infected. -- Scientific American, October 14

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

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