Covid-19 Infodemic

I thought I would expose some of the BS being peddled about the Covid-19 pandemic we are fighting these days….there is enough confusion and chaos and some people just add to the confusion….to include the president of the United States…..his story changes almost daily…..

The Week has an excellent look at all the crap around this virus….

How the coronavirus sparked a tsunami of misinformation. Here’s everything you need to know:

What’s being said?

Social media has been awash in lies, rumors, and distortions about the coronavirus, its origins, and potential cures almost since the pandemic’s start. NewsGuard, a private company that rates websites’ reliability, has identified 203 websites throughout the world promoting COVID-19 misinformation. Among the most popular COVID-19 myths were “Garlic can cure COVID-19,” “A group funded by Bill Gates patented the coronavirus,” and “The COVID-19 virus is a man-made bioweapon.” The World Health Organization is calling the deluge of misinformation “an infodemic,” while Google, Facebook, and Twitter are instituting policies to help slow the spread of lies. CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook fact-checkers have “taken down hundreds of thousands of pieces of misinformation,” and slapped warnings on 40 million posts during March alone, the company says. Last week, YouTube removed a video titled “Plandemic” that had been viewed millions of times, featuring discredited microbiologist and anti-vaxxer Judy Mikovits. In the video and a book that reached No. 1 on Amazon, Mikovits contends the coronavirus was created and spread by a conspiracy of wealthy people and scientists such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to bolster vaccine rates and make money. Mikovits has been claiming her career was destroyed by Fauci and other scientists since she falsely reported in a 2009 study, later retracted by the journal that published it, that a retrovirus caused chronic fatigue syndrome.

https://theweek.com/articles/914457/coronavirus-infodemic

One final thought…..all those protesters may be a major spread of the virus…..

Cellphone location data suggests that demonstrators at anti-lockdown protests – some of which have been connected with Covid-19 cases – are often traveling hundreds of miles to events, returning to all parts of their states, and even crossing into neighboring ones.

The data, provided to the Guardian by the progressive campaign group the Committee to Protect Medicare, raises the prospect that the protests will play a role in spreading the coronavirus epidemic to areas which have, so far, experienced relatively few infections.

The anonymized location data was captured from opt-in cellphone apps, and data scientists at the firm VoteMap used it to determine the movements of devices present at protests in late April and early May in five states: Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Colorado and Florida.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/18/lockdown-protests-spread-coronavirus-cellphone-data

The biggest obstacle to a successful fight against this pandemic is SOCIAL MEDIA where the facts mean nothing

Be Well…..Be Safe…..Be Informed……

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

4 thoughts on “Covid-19 Infodemic

  1. I have read some of the stuff going around. Covid-19 doesn’t actually exist. Black people are being deliberately killed. Drinking warm water kills the virus, and so on. I wonder if the people who believe this crap ever take a tablet when they have a headache? They should drink warm water instead, obviously.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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