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Claim: Filters can “eat any form of virus including coronavirus” on aeroplanes.
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Social Media Disinfo
Circulating 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."
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Factual Reads on Coronavirus
Long-Haulers Are Redefining COVID-19
Without understanding the lingering illness that some patients experience, we can’t understand the pandemic.
-- The Atlantic, August 19
Evidence 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