Courtesy of CNN:
On Wednesday, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, joined the US Department of Health and Human Services’ podcast “Learning Curve” and gave his expertise on the pandemic and the vaccine development process.
He also defended the stay-at-home orders as having saved “millions of lives,” and drew attention to anti-science bias and the disproportionate impact the virus is having on the black community.
Fauci said “anti-science bias” in the country can be problematic.
“One of the problems we face in the United States is that unfortunately, there is a combination of an anti-science bias that people are — for reasons that sometimes are, you know, inconceivable and not understandable — they just don’t believe science and they don’t believe authority,” Fauci said.
“So when they see someone up in the White House, which has an air of authority to it, who’s talking about science, that there are some people who just don’t believe that — and that’s unfortunate because, you know, science is truth,” Fauci said.
“It’s amazing sometimes the denial there is. It’s the same thing that gets people who are anti-vaxxers, who don’t want people to get vaccinated, even though the data clearly indicate the safety of vaccines,” Fauci added. “That’s really a problem.”
So where you may ask, is this anti-science bias promoted?
Please, you already know.
Courtesy of King’s College London:
People who get their information about coronavirus from social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube are more likely to believe conspiracy theories about Covid-19 and to have broken key lockdown rules, according to a new UK study by King’s College London and Ipsos MORI.
The findings are based on three separate surveys, and have been published in a peer-reviewed article by King’s College London academics in the leading journal Psychological Medicine.
The researchers tested seven statements about coronavirus, revealing the following levels of belief:
Three in 10 (30%) think coronavirus was probably created in a lab, up from a quarter (25%) at the beginning of April.
Three in 10 (28%) think most people in the UK have already had coronavirus without realising it.
Three in 10 (30%) believe the Covid-19 death toll is being deliberately reduced or hidden by the authorities.
One in seven (14%) believe the death toll is being deliberately exaggerated by the authorities.
One in eight (13%) believe that the current pandemic is part of a global effort to force everyone to be vaccinated.
More than one in 20 (8%) believe that the symptoms that most people blame on Covid-19 appear to be connected to 5G network radiation.
More than one in 20 (7%) believe there is no hard evidence that Covid-19 really exists.
Several of these statements are conspiracy theories which suggest coronavirus may not be a threat to public health. The peer-reviewed article finds a statistically significant link between believing in such conspiracy theories and using social media.
This was a study conducted in England, but let’s face it the results probably count double here in the US, and triple among Trump supporters.
In my opinion if Facebook were to disappear tomorrow many conspiracy theories would disappear right along with it.
Social media can be great for keeping in touch with relatives and friends living all around the world, but when it comes to keeping us informed about the proper response to a pandemic, not so much.