A widely shared tweet, cross posted to Reddit, regarding the use of masks and the incidence of Covid-19 in the Czech Republic is, alas, mostly not true.
Early on I began collecting online comments about the Covid19 pandemic, recognizing that many would not age well. Here are a few of them. Overall, the public messaging around coronavirus has been inconsistent, contradictory, lacking in clarity, even wrong – and sometimes outright lies. This is part 1 of who knows how many parts to come. This is open ended.
Data – in charts – presents a different perspective on the Covid19 outbreak than we may be getting from media and social media. This data does not diminish the very real threat. But it illustrates how the data is presented to us – and sometimes using bright red expanding circles – may mislead our interpretations of the threat creating more fear than necessary.
There is no such thing as nitrous dioxide.
This. Is. CNN.
The very inconsistent messaging around the use of N95 face masks to protect against viral transmission has been a disaster that has likely worsened the shortage of masks available to health care providers.
Social media is filled with commentary that the novel coronavirus is no big deal because it only impacts old people. As you see, a disease that only kills old people is okay. More surprising is the disease targets people by their political belief – which can range from communism (China) to right wing Republicans (United States), which is a broad spectrum. It also, apparently, targets those that are climate skeptics – older people who are climate activists are immune. Amazing…
Over 1 in 5 Americans are age 60 or older. Over 1 in 3 are age 50 or older. Half of adults in the 18-59 age bracket may have health conditions that put them at higher risk for mortality. Yet prominent celebrities are proclaiming we have nothing to worry about, Covid-19 only kills “old people” and unhealthy people, and they are all expendable. Really?
CNBC Editor says it would be better for the financial markets if everyone had Covid-19 and perhaps a few million died. Journalism.
Sunday Times columnist says coronavirus is a good thing because it kills old people, and only older people are climate skeptics.
This is today’s journalism which finds age-based hate speech is fine. He is oblivious that coronavirus does not kill based on beliefs – it also kills old people who care about climate change, old politicians that want to do something, and older climate scientists.