Weekly Fact-Check

Japan Fact-Checks, July 31: No COVID-19 Cure Yet


The July 31 edition of FactCheck Initiative Japan’s “English FactChecks Report” looks at false media coverage claiming low COVID-19 deaths in Japan and other nations are due to an asthma medication.

Fact-Checks at a Glance

We picked up the following fact-check relating to Japan from overseas media.

False: Dallas MD Insists that “There Is Already a Cure for COVID-19” (United States; fact-checked by Lead Stories on July 27, 2020)

Explanation: A Dallas-based medical doctor claimed that a cure for COVID-19 already exists, based on relatively low numbers of deaths in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, and Iceland. He claimed that the effective drug is one used for asthma. While it is true that these countries have lower numbers of deaths, at least compared to the United States, the number of confirmed cases is also relatively low, and the mortality rate of infected people in these countries is not much different than in the United States. There is also no evidence of broad use in these countries of budesonide, the drug in question. Therefore, this is not evidence that a cure exists. Read the full article here (English).

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(Originally published in English by FactCheck Initiative Japan; edited by Nippon.com.)