The Infodemic: Is the Lethality of COVID-19 Similar to Severe Influenza?

Fake news about the coronavirus can do real harm. Polygraph.info is spotlighting fact-checks from other reliable sources here​.Daily DebunkClaim: “The overall lethality of [COVID-19] (IFR) is about 0.1% to 0.3% and thus in the range of a severe influenza.”Verdict: InaccurateRead the full story at: Health Feedback Social Media DisinfoScreenshot Circulating on social media: Claim that a contact tracing program developed by Apple and Google has been secretly inserted onto phones and tracks user’s location.Verdict: MisleadingRead the full story at: Agence France-Presse Factual Reads on CoronavirusThe coronavirus may shut down the immune system’s vital classrooms
In many infections, the immune system builds so-called germinal centers in the spleen or lymph nodes to train cells that make antibodies, but the structures fail to develop in some COVID-19 cases.
— Science, August 25



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