Fake news about the coronavirus can do real harm. Polygraph.info is spotlighting fact-checks from other reliable sources here. Daily DebunkClaim: Filters can “eat any form of virus including coronavirus” on aeroplanes.Verdict: MisleadingRead the full story at: Africa Check Social Media DisinfoCirculating on social media: Photo of a World Health Organization (WHO) guidance on a Fox News segment saying that “masks should only be used by healthcare workers, caretakers or by people who are sick with symptoms like fever and cough.”Verdict: MisleadingRead the full story at: Reuters Factual Reads on CoronavirusLong-Haulers Are Redefining COVID-19
Without understanding the lingering illness that some patients experience, we can’t understand the pandemic.
— The Atlantic, August 19Evidence lags behind excitement over blood plasma as a coronavirus treatment
Although there have been few data on whether convalescent plasma definitely improves outcomes for people with other diseases, it was logical to test the treatment against COVID-19 when the outbreak began. But researchers have struggled to nail down its effectiveness in the middle of the pandemic, says Michael Joyner, an anaesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
— Nature, August 19