Remnants, fat cats, conspiracies, and more…

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Why didn’t others get hotel coronavirus? Immunologist John Dwyer (and co-founder of Friends of Science in Medicine) offers an explanation for why infected quarantine hotel worked were fortunate enough to not infect other members of the community. “It’s possible these workers … [Read more...]

Playbooks, approvals, anecdotes, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

The anti-vaxxer playbook to destroy confidence in COVID-19 vaccines: “The COVID-19 pandemic is the public health crisis of this generation. Despite the appearance of a brand new infectious disease – and within months, an effective vaccine, the anti-vaccine movement has … [Read more...]

Scams, SCAM, germs, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

COVID-19 vaccine rollout creates new scamming opportunities for crooks: “With the initial administration of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine earlier this week in the U.S., and the prospect of Moderna’s vaccine receiving an FDA Emergency Use Authorization at any moment, scammers are … [Read more...]

Superspreaders, radiation, and resignation…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

Superspreading events: “It is fairly clear that one of the most effective methods for minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is to limit large gatherings. This one step can prevent superspreader events, which can reduce the spread of the … [Read more...]

Advertising, magic, bent spoons, and more…

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Complementary medicines advertising policy – Part I – unethical conduct in the Australian market before July 2018: “Numerous complementary medicines (and medical devices) that were extensively advertised failed to meet real health needs, diverted consumers from more evidence-based treatment and … [Read more...]

Deniers, cranks, worriers, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

The Great Barrington Declaration – COVID-19 deniers follow the path laid down by creationists, HIV/AIDS denialists, and climate science deniers: Across social media, those opposed to pandemic related restrictions are pointing to “The Great Barrington Declaration” (GBD). The GBD purports … [Read more...]

Optimization, safety, SCAMs, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

Can “optimizing your metabolism” through diet prevent or cure COVID-19? “This fetishization of nutrition and food above all permeates not just the anti-vaccine movement but all of alternative medicine… there is considerable victim blaming among the ‘nutrition cures everything’ crowd.”… [Read more...]

Silent spreaders, telehealth, p-hacks, and more…

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As schools return, tests must find ‘silent spreaders’: Some 5,000 to 10,000 of us are [testing] each day with very few tests being positive, which is good news. However, the population tested is self selecting and … does not represent “sentinel” … [Read more...]

Infodemics, Superhype, Privacy, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

Pseudoscience and COVID-19 — we’ve had enough already: “This explosion of misinformation — or, as the World Health Organization has called it, the “infodemic” — has triggered an army of fact-checkers and debunkers. Regulators have taken aggressive steps to hold … [Read more...]