Dr. Scott Atlas put out a tweet with factual information and questions as to why real world data indicates our current face mask policies are not working. Twitter deleted the tweet. The questions he raised, however, are real. By suspending speech, Twitter prevents the opportunity to find solutions or improvements that would overcome the limitations made obvious in the data. Twitter’s action are a clear and present danger to everyone.
There is a meme going round that a doctor or a group of nurses sent an unused batch of Covid-19 tests to a lab and all the tests came back positive. This is virtually certain to be a fake social media meme that is not true. Poynter notes there is no evidence for this but then incorrectly says that because the tests have a low false positive rate, false positives are not a problem. But that is not true once you understand how the conditional probability works – when used to screen large groups of people where the disease prevalence is low, most of those getting a positive test result are actually false positives.
The media has undertaken a national propaganda campaign on face masks: They only report when a person opposed to face masks tests positive. They NEVER report that most people testing positive were probably wearing face masks much of the time. This intentionally biases your perspective on the effectiveness of face masks.
The media may do this because they know that keeping readers and viewers emotionally inflamed is good for click bait and ad revenue.
The media is manipulating your thinking on covid-19 and relative risks by headlining daily body counts and new cases counts. In my state, the odds of being hurt in a car crash – today – are very similar to the odds of being diagnosed with Covid-19. The odds of being hospitalized due to a car crash are many times greater than being hospitalized for Covid-19. But which one do you fear and have daily panic attacks over? Probably not the car crashes. We are being manipulated by media and public health officials who are frequently acting like quacks.
Public health messaging in the pandemic has been a fiasco of inconsistent, contradictory and incoherent messaging.
A 2006 paper by four epidemiologists explained that most public health mitigation steps do not actually work. First, the measures that might work – like lockdowns – are understood to be infeasible over wide regions or countries and not sustainable. Many other steps that seem intuitive do not work well or do not work at all, or have no evidence to support that they work.
Combine ineffective public health mitigations with lousy public communications and you end up with a fiasco.
BGR cites an old news story from mid July, about grocery item shortages in June and July (now being overcome), and throws in a made up assertion that “experts say” a huge second wave of Covid-19 is coming and you should stock up on essential items. This report uses FEAR to get you to take action, and click on their links to buy stuff – for which BGR appears to receive an affiliate marketing payment.
Not surprisingly, a lot of misinformation – not just health information – is spread via social media. Social media is a frictionless platform the sharing and spread of propaganda messaging, much of which is not true. How to fix it? Doubt we can fix the “supply” side – we need to address the consumers – and get them to be skeptical of information received on social media.
A detailed expose, by a participant, in a massive, highly coordinated propaganda campaign that trashed Canada’s health care system during discussions about the ACA. Ultimately, the ACA’s first draft was written by the former legal counsel of a health insurance company – who had been hired by Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) to do just that. In other words, the ACA was, to a large extent, written by the health insurance industry itself. Source: Health insurance whistleblower: I lied to Americans…
In the midst of an ineptly managed pandemic and ineptly managed civil unrest and economic fiasco people try to make sense of it by reading everything they can. Scrolling through post and news story after news story is called “doomscrolling” and it destroys your mental health. Sadly, much of the bull shit is not from random social media posts but from actual experts who spew nonsense.
Just about all of the numbers in this USA Today “news report” are wrong, and easily cross checked for the correct numbers. This. Is. Journalism. Where facts are strictly optional.