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Ask KHN-PolitiFact: Is My Cloth Mask Good Enough to Face the Delta Variant?

In recent months, some European airlines have banned the use of cloth face coverings to control the spread of the coronavirus during air travel, instead favoring surgical masks — sometimes referred to as medical or disposable — and N95 respirators. It’s another salvo in the debate over the effectiveness of the ubiquitous cloth mask, which […]

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Claims That CDC’s PCR Test Can’t Tell Covid From Flu Are Wrong

Claim: “CDC has just announced they will revoke the emergency use authorization of the RT-PCR tests first introduced in 2/20. … Translation: They’ve been adding flu cases to Covid cases when using that test.” Facebook post, July 25, 2021 Posts circulating on Facebook and Instagram claim the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will stop […]

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The WHO Didn’t Reverse Its Position on Kids and Covid Vaccines

“The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION recently reversed its stance on children getting the Covid vaccine.” Instagram post, June 22, 2021 A social media post circulating on Facebook and Instagram claims that the World Health Organization recently flipped its policy recommendation about children receiving a covid-19 vaccine. “The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION recently reversed its stance on children […]

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Biden Boasts About Equitable Senior Vaccination Rate by Race Without Data to Back It Up

“There’s virtually no difference between white, Black, Hispanic, Asian American,” referring to vaccination rates among Americans 65 and up. President Joe Biden, May 3 During May 3 remarks on the American Families Plan, President Joe Biden boasted that there was not much disparity in the vaccination rates for white Americans and Americans of color who […]

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Can Pfizer and Moderna End the Pandemic by Sharing Their Vaccine Designs? It’s Not that Simple

“Pfizer and Moderna could share their design with dozens of other pharma companies who stand ready to produce their vaccines and end the pandemic.” — Feb. 3 in a Facebook post Vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna earned praise for creating highly effective covid-19 vaccines in record time. But are they inadvertently hurting the public by […]

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S.D. Governor Gives State High Marks in Handling the Pandemic. Are They Deserved?

“We did have tragedies and we did have losses. But we also got through it better than virtually every other state.” South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on “The Ingraham Angle,” Fox News, Feb. 2, 2021 Covid-19 has pushed states to adopt unique approaches to protect their residents, but few have garnered as much scrutiny as […]

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Health Issues Carried Weight on the Campaign Trail. What Could Biden Do in His First 100 Days?

Joe Biden ran on an expansive health care platform during his 2020 presidential campaign, with a broad array of promises such as adding a government-sponsored health plan to the Affordable Care Act and lowering prescription drug prices. Perhaps most significantly, he pledged to get control of the covid pandemic that claimed more than 400,000 American lives […]

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Arguing to Undo the ACA. Harming Medicare. Do They Go Hand in Hand?

“Trump is pushing to slash Medicare benefits.” — Digital and TV campaign ad, Oct. 9, 2020 This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). It’s a tried-and-true campaign strategy. Candidates go on the attack, claiming their opponent will do harm to Medicare. After all, people 65 and […]

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Did Trump Confuse the Public Option With ‘Medicare for All’?

“They have 180 million people, families under what he wants to do, which will basically be socialized medicine — you won’t even have a choice — they want to terminate 180 million plans.” President Donald Trump during the presidential debate, Oct. 22, 2020 During the final presidential debate, President Donald Trump claimed that 180 million […]

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Trump Says He Saved 2 Million Lives From COVID. Really?

“We saved 2 million people” from dying of COVID-19.” President Donald Trump, during the Oct. 15 town hall on NBC News This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed to have saved 2 million lives from COVID-19 through his actions to […]