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(David Bythewood) #21

Really? I shouldn’t even have to post this, but here we are in the Twilight Zone.

Fact check: Metal strip in medical masks is not a 5G antenna

Social media users have been sharing a video in which a man claims that a metal strip in medical masks is a 5G antenna. This claim is untrue.


#22

Fact check: What role do kids play in spreading the coronavirus?

Facts First: Cornyn’s statement is largely correct. Kids can certainly be infected by the virus but are less likely to develop severe symptoms than adults. What’s less clear however is the role children play in spreading the virus.

Infections

In an article for pediatric health care providers published in late May, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that 2% of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US were among people 18 years old or younger.

“Relatively few children with COVID-19 are hospitalized, and fewer children than adults experience fever, cough, or shortness of breath,” the CDC says, noting that “severe outcomes have been reported in children including COVID-19 associated deaths” and those hospitalized were most commonly infants and children with underlying conditions.

A study published on June 16 in the Nature Medicine journal estimated that people under the age of 20 were approximately half as susceptible to the coronavirus compared to those older than 20.

During a Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Wednesday, CDC Director Robert Redfield said that children who are infected by the virus are unlikely to face significant illness.

“Clearly the ability of this virus to cause significant illness in children is very very, very limited,” Redfield said.

“We know of the post-immune inflammatory disease … but it is very rare,” he said, adding that “in general, this virus does not cause significant illness in children.”

Redfield also noted that, unlike influenza, “we really don’t have evidence that children are driving the transmission cycle” of the coronavirus.

In the interview Cornyn, addressing whether schools in Texas should reopen, said “the most important thing is safety.”

“The schools can open, but if parents don’t feel comfortable sending their children back then they won’t go,” he said. “So, I think we’ve got a long way to go to regain their confidence.”

Transmission

In congressional testimony on June 30, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, addressed questions around children and the coronavirus. “We don’t really know, exactly, what the efficiency of spread is” among children. The NIH, Fauci mentioned, is currently studying 2,000 families to understand the rate of infection for children and “how often they infect their families.”

During the testimony, Redfield also mentioned that the CDC is currently studying households to understand what role children play in passing the virus on. “We don’t know the impact that children have yet on the transmission cycle,” Redfield said.

Some studies suggest that children could play a more significant role in spreading the virus than some think but remain inconclusive.

The CDC recommends that children socially distance at six feet apart from people they don’t live with and that children 2-years-old and above wear masks in public when socially distancing is difficult.


(David Bythewood) #23

This reminds me of stories of children who survived the Flu Pandemic of 1918 but carried terrible guilt because they brought the virus home and it killed their families.


#24

Fact check: No evidence linking Wayfair to human trafficking operation

VERDICT

False. There is no evidence linking Wayfair to a human trafficking operation.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our work to fact-check social media posts here .



#25

Just a thought :thought_balloon:, if you believe something without any evidence, you may want to turn inward towards your own critical thinking and examine why you allowed yourself to be so easily fooled. Perhaps it may be time to seek higher education where they teach you how to do research with cited sources. Or go ask a librarian, it’s literally, their job to help you research topics, even online. Read more broadly, especially newspapers.


#26

Good points @Pet_Proletariat …check your assumptions.

There is a story behind it all…what was it that Daniel Patrick Moynihan said… “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion , but not to his own facts .”

Heard this one this am…

What is our capacity to think beyond our assumptions?


#27

Fact check: Trump misleadingly suggests the White House has largely followed Fauci’s recommendations

Facts First: This is misleading. While Fauci made comments early on in the pandemic stating that masks were not necessary, he quickly changed course as more information became known about how the virus spreads, endorsing masks and social distancing. The President and his allies, however, have taken a different approach.

While the White House, through the coronavirus taskforce, publicly endorsed the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines about masks and social distancing, neither the President, the vice president, nor many White House aides and allies adhered closely to those guidelines for much of the spring. As Fauci was cautioning states about reopening too soon, Trump was sending the opposite message, urging states to reopen and “liberate” themselves.

Additionally, the White House appeared to try to discredit Fauci earlier this month by providing members of the media opposition-style research on him, highlighting remarks he made in the first months of the pandemic.

The move was an extraordinary White House attack on a high-ranking health official in the midst of a pandemic; also, the list itself was misleading.

The White House removed critical context from Fauci’s remarks, making him seem rosier about the pandemic than he actually was. It also failed to mention that Trump himself made comments similar to Fauci’s, or far more optimistic than Fauci’s, long after Fauci’s words had become sharply less optimistic.

Afterward, the White House insisted it was not trying to discredit Fauci.

“There’s no opposition research being dumped to reporters,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on July 13. McEnany insisted later that Trump and Fauci have “always had a very good working relationship.”