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Coronavirus: The Infodemic - July 21


People walk outside a vaccination center in Greenwich park, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, July 18, 2021. REUTERS/Beresford Hodge
People walk outside a vaccination center in Greenwich park, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, July 18, 2021. REUTERS/Beresford Hodge

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

Daily Debunk

Claim: COVID-19 vaccines in the United Kingdom are illegal.

Verdict: False

Read the full story at: Reuters

Social Media Disinfo\

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Circulating on social media: Posts accusing Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha of receiving multiple COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Verdict: False

Read the full story at: Agence France-Presse

Factual Reads on Coronavirus

Covid-19 kept families and caregivers out of hospitals. Some doctors think that shouldn’t happen again
[P]atients and many physicians say the more restrictive ongoing limits, like only allowing one visitor, are no longer justified and may actually be harming patients’ mental health and leading to worse outcomes.
-- Stat, July 20

Covid-19 global updates: Protests hit Athens and Paris over new coronavirus restrictions, vaccine mandates
Protests flared in France and Greece on Wednesday as residents angry over coronavirus curbs and vaccine mandates in both countries marched against new, stricter regulations that they say discriminate against people unwilling to be inoculated.
-- Washington Post (via MSN), July 15

Why We Shouldn’t Blindly Screen Students for COVID-19 This Fall
When case rates are low, the majority – and sometimes even the vast majority – of positive test results are false-positives.
-- U.S. News, July 14

Flu jab protects against some of the severe effects of COVID-19, including ICU admissions, sepsis and strokes
The flu vaccine may provide vital protection against COVID-19, new research being presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), held online this year, concludes.
-- Medicalxpress.com, July 12

Covid-19 has destroyed 22 million jobs in advanced countries, says OECD
Job retention schemes have saved some 21 million jobs, but rich countries face the threat of rising long-term unemployment rates.
-- CNBC, July 7

Rural India sinks deeper into debt as COVID-19 wipes out work
The coronavirus and a lockdown aimed at stopping it last year saw millions of people thrown out of jobs in cities and towns and forced back to their villages, and ever higher levels of debt.
-- Reuters, July 6

Implications of the second wave of COVID-19 in India
Understanding why the second wave has been more dangerous than the first could help to identify the potential areas of diagnostics to target with future control strategies.
-- The Lancet, June 30

How COVID-19 Could Lead to a Golden Age of Innovation
A comparison of the U.S. response to World War II and COVID-19 shows where we’ve gone wrong—and how to adjust course.
-- The Atlantic, June 28

Claim that Chinese team hid early SARS-CoV-2 sequences to stymie origin hunt sparks furor
The unreviewed paper, by evolutionary biologist Jesse Bloom of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, asserts that a team of Chinese researchers sampled viruses from some of the earliest COVID-19 patients in Wuhan, China, posted the viral sequences to a widely used U.S. database, and then a few months later had the genetic information removed to “obscure their existence.”
-- Science, June 23

UK scientist with links to Wuhan lab 'recuses himself' from inquiry into Covid origins
Dr Peter Daszak has left investigation into coronavirus emergence after concerns raised over links with Chinese laboratory.
-- Telegraph, June 22

New Coronavirus Variants Are Urgently Being Tracked Around the World
Genomic sequencing efforts are limited in developing countries, but scientists are mobilizing to help.
-- Scientific American, June 21

The Best Coronavirus Myth-Busting Collections

HealthCheck

COVID19 Infodemics Observatory

Agence France Presse

Snopes

BuzzFeed

Factcheck.org

Associated Press

Washington Post

TruthOrFiction

Mapping COVID-19 Casualties

Reliable Coronavirus Information

World Health Organization

U.S. Centers for Disease Control

Federation of American Scientists

Emergency Physicians

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine​

Pan American Health Organization

Google COVID‑19 Information & Resources

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