Coronavirus: The Infodemic – November 23
Claim: “If you have influenza and get a COVID-19 test, that test will come back positive for COVID-19” and other claims on the spread and deadliness of coronavirus and influenza.
Read the full story at: Global News
Social Media Disinfo
Circulating on social media: Claims that drinking water from a copper cup can help “kill bacteria, soothe arthritis pain, slow down aging” and “lower the risk of cancer and heart disease.”
Read the full story at: AFP Fact Check
Factual Reads on Coronavirus
Coronavirus Infection Trajectories: Which countries are seeing the most new cases?
— Information is Beautiful, November 23
Mysteries of COVID Smell Loss Finally Yield Some Answers
Explanations begin to arise at the molecular level for this vexing but commonplace symptom.
— Scientific American, November 18
Health systems are using AI to predict severe Covid-19 cases. But limited data could produce unreliable results
[M]ost of the efforts are being developed in siloes and trained on limited datasets, raising crucial questions about their reliability.
— Stat, November 18
Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine is strongly effective, early look at data show
The news comes exactly a week after results from Pfizer and BioNTech, which announced broadly similar results.
— Stat, November 16
For COVID Drugs, Months of Frantic Development Lead to Few Outright Successes
There have been mixed results as researchers try to stop a disease they are still trying to understand.
— Scientific American, November 13
New Type of Test May Better Discern Immunity to the Coronavirus
The test detects the response of T cells to the virus — an arm of the immune system that may be just as important as antibodies to preventing reinfection.
— New York Times, November 10
One in five COVID-19 patients develop mental illness within 90 days – study
Study finds 20% of those infected diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder within 90 days.
— Reuters, November 9
Four reasons for encouragement based on Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine results
The world has been waiting for good news on Covid-19 vaccines. Monday it got a bunch of it.
— Stat, November 9
A minority of people with covid-19 account for the bulk of transmission
In two Indian states 10% of people caused 60% of subsequent infections.
— The Economist, November 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