Fact check: No evidence mortgage lenders are refusing loans based on positive coronavirus tests

Social media users are sharing a claim that mortgage applications are being declined for people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Reuters could not find any evidence to show this is the case. However, if someone wants to protect their loan with insurance cover, a positive test could be an issue.

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One of the posts reads: “A friend has just been told he can’t get a mortgage because he had a positive rona (sic) test weeks ago. They said they don’t know how it’s going to affect his lungs in the future, so he doesn’t qualify.” And you thickos still think it’s about the virus.”

Reuters reached out to the publisher of the earliest version of the post for details about the case and did not get a reply. Reuters is therefore unable

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the evidence of lingering heart damage

On 29 February, Melissa Vanier, a 52-year-old postal worker from Vancouver, had just returned from holiday in Cuba when she fell seriously ill with Covid-19. “For the entire month of March I felt like I had broken glass in my throat,” she says, describing a range of symptoms that included fever, migraines, extreme fatigue, memory loss and brain fog. “I had to sleep on my stomach because otherwise it felt like someone was strangling me.”

By the third week of March, Vanier had tested negative for Sars-CoV-2 – the virus that causes Covid-19. But although the virus had left her body, this would prove to be just the beginning of her problems. In May, she noticed from her Fitbit that her heart rate appeared to be highly abnormal. When cardiologists conducted a nuclear stress test – a diagnostic tool that measures the blood flow to the heart – it

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Trump has COVID-19: More evidence that he’s always put his ego ahead of public health

Did you know that Donald Trump needs to wear reading glasses?

It’s reasonable that you might not know that. The president, who may have both the biggest and most fragile ego on the planet, goes to great pains to hide the fact that, like most people over 70, he can’t read printed text without a little magnification. But there’s proof, in the form of a video deposition in the Trump University fraud case that the folks at Mother Jones got their hands on recently.

To be clear, Mother Jones reporter David Corn takes the high road in his story, focusing on the facts of the case without even mentioning that Trump must put on his glasses to read the legal documents. I am not so noble. It’s just more proof that Trump, who loves to rant in disconcertingly fascistic fashion about his “good genes,” is obsessed with presenting himself as

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Is there any evidence that closing bars at 10pm will stem the spread of coronavirus?

It seems that every aspect of Covid-19 will be contested. Students of the history of public health politics will be having a strong sense of deja vu: the field is littered with heated debates that in essence are about numbers.

a group of people walking in front of a store: Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

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As someone who has worked in the field of tobacco control for some 40 years, I have witnessed many such debates. First, there was the question of how risky smoking was; then the addictive nature of tobacco. There were questions over how much safer low-tar cigarettes were. Then, of course, there was the issue of the harmfulness of passive smoking. Most recently there was the claim that e-cigarettes were 95% less harmful than “normal” cigarettes.

To my mind these tobacco control dramas have had one important thing in common: a

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More Evidence of Interval Breast Cancers’ Aggressive Nature

Women diagnosed with interval breast cancers — those detected between routine screenings — had a higher risk for aggressive disease and death, a restrospective study in Canada indicated.

Among women participating in a national screening program, and with a median follow-up of 7 years, breast cancer-specific mortality was more than threefold higher for women diagnosed with interval breast cancers compared to those whose cancers were found on screening, which included a sojourn time of 2 years to account for lead-time bias (hazard ratio [HR] 3.55, 95% CI 2.01-6.28, P<0.001), reported Saroj Niraula, MD, MSc, of the University of Manitoba in Canada, and colleagues.

The findings highlight the differences in the natural history of these cancers “and highlights inadequacies in current breast cancer screening practice,” the group wrote in JAMA Network Open. “Many of the aggressive and lethal forms of breast cancers either go unnoticed on mammogram or develop

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Did Joe Biden Have Plastic Surgery? Trump Makes Claim Without Evidence, Has History Of Making Similar Accusations


  • Trump asked why Biden spent “all that money on the plastic surgery” if he’s going to wear a face mask
  • A New York magazine reporter said she detected a scar behind one of Biden’s ears, perhaps indicating a facelift
  • Ivana Trump said her ex-husband had scalp reduction surgery in 1989 to get rid of a bald spot


A nip here, a tuck there, mix in a bit of Botox and pretty soon you have a much younger face – and that’s exactly what President Donald Trump says Democratic rival Joe Biden has had done, this despite speculation about the work Trump himself has had.

At a campaign rally in Pittsburgh Tuesday, Trump mocked Biden for abiding by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations on wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus, alleging instead the reason Biden wears a face mask is because he had

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More Evidence for Cognitive Benefits With Metformin in T2D

In older patients with diabetes, use of metformin was linked with slower cognitive decline and reduced risk of dementia, according to a prospective observational study.

In more than 1,000 patients followed for 6 years, the rate of decline in global cognition was significantly slower in patients with diabetes treated with metformin compared with those treated with other therapies (P=0.032), and the same was true for decline in executive function (P=0.006). In fact, the rates for both were similar to that of patients without diabetes, said Katherine Samaras, PhD, of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in New South Wales, Australia, and colleagues.

Their study, online in Diabetes Care also found that metformin use was associated with an 81% reduction in incident dementia risk (HR 0.19, 95% CI 0.04-0.85, P=0.030) in a statistical model that adjusted for factors including age, sex, body-mass index, cardiovascular disease, blood

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