Headline makes it sound like there is only a 50% chance the Oxford vaccine will work against Covid-19. But that is not what this is about – at all. The real world incidence of Covid-19 is falling rapidly and might be so low that they are unable to see how the vaccine effects individuals contracting Covid-19 – because you can’t get the disease if the disease has largely vanished.
The researchers think that because of this, there is a 50% chance they will have insufficient data by September to say the vaccine meets requirements by then – and the tests may take longer. The headline is intended to lead you astray and emotionally thinking “Oh no! Vaccines won’t work”, which has been a mainstay of speculative scary reporting for the past 2 months.
Hysterical fear mongering, doom and gloom reporting based on speculation about highly unlikely future scenarios leads to mass public fear. There is no surprise in this. Thus this poll is measuring the effectiveness of hysterical fear mongering, doom and gloom reporting and not much else.
Youtube joins Twitter in censoring any speech that is seen as a “denial of expert guidance”. This includes censoring fully qualified individuals with PhDs and MD degrees, if they do not adhere precisely to CDC and WHO recommendations regarding any aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Time Magazine ran with the headline “Accidental Poisonings Rise After Trump Disinfectant Comments”; the headline, however, is refuted by the story’s own text. In fact, the rise in accidental poisoning began six weeks before Trump’s bizarre comments, and was part of a longer term trend in an increase in accidental poisoning. The sharp increase that began in February was due to many people acquiring and misusing (and making accessible to children) alcohol-based sanitizers and bleach.
A fake social media propaganda meme has circulated saying a House Bill will require the mandatory separation of family members if one tests positive for Covid-19. The meme is fake but many people believed what they read or heard. Yesterday I witnessed this first hand as a middle aged woman broke down and cried, fearing the government would separate her from her elderly mother, for whom she is the primary care giver. This is the awful impact of garbage posts on social media.
Public health’s messaging about all things corona virus has been a fiasco of inconsistent, contradictory, incoherent and unclear communications. Every aspect has been a disaster. Experts in risk communication say the same thing – it just been one big mess.
CNN says Greta Thunberg is an expert on corona virus. Face plant. This. Is. Journalism. What. A. Joke.
Someone else asks the awkward question about Twitter’s Ministry of Truth that deletes tweets not adhering to the “expert” line: But what to do when the experts, like WHO, were in fact, wrong? Current policy is to prohibit those who question WHO. Now Twitter will label tweets as well as shadow ban anything that conflicts with the Ministry of Truth.
Why I left Nextdoor.com, largely left Twitter, have left several Facebook groups and even marked most of my own blog posts about Covid-19 as private – what happened?
A link to Twitter’s official policy on how it censors tweets concerning Covid-19. Hilarously, it also censors many tweets previously issued by public health officials and politicians – with examples of those tweets included in this post. Too funny.