Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on social media regarding the Coronavirus..
The following is an excerpt from a post from social media where a Facebook user made several incomplete and inaccurate statements regarding the Coronavirus. We took several relevant portions of the post and fact checked them. Our goal is to prove a point about how social media is being misused to provide information that just does not add up.
Facebook post: THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG... THE CDC, THE WHO, AND ALL THE SO-CALLED EXPERTS LIED TO YOU!!! HERE'S THE LIST: @ 20/20
⚠️ EVERYONE IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY NEEDS TO READ THIS AND ABSORB IT... THOSE STILL ASLEEP, YOU BETTER WAKE UP BECAUSE THIS SHAM/DRESS REHEARSAL WILL CERTAINLY BE THE LAST CHANCE; THOSE CHOOSING TO REMAIN IN DENIAL, GIVING THE FINGER TO REALITY, YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN ... FEEL “FREE” TO FACT CHECK EACH OF THESE, PLEASE!
🔺"CDC admitted they screwed up COVID19 infection counts and intentionally misled the public and have apologized, clarifying that the amount of people truly infected is much lower than what was originally reported -- an error so egregious it made the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute say “how could the CDC make this mistake? This is a mess."
Fact Check: “The government’s disease-fighting agency is conflating viral and antibody tests, compromising a few crucial metrics that governors depend on to reopen their economies. Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, and other states are doing the same…
The widespread use of the practice means that it remains difficult to know exactly how much the country’s ability to test people who are actively sick with COVID-19 has improved.
‘You’ve got to be kidding me,” Ashish Jha, the K. T. Li Professor of Global Health at Harvard and the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, told us when we described what the CDC was doing. “How could the CDC make that mistake? This is a mess.’” The Atlantic
The bottom line is the likelihood of under reporting cases has increased because of inaccurate counting.
Facebook post: 🔺The American Coronavirus Task Force also admitted to fudging the National COVID19 death count when Dr. Birx said the deaths are people who died “with” COVID19 not “from” COVID19, thus making the real death count much lower than what is currently being reported.
Fact Check: This is not quite right either.
"Across the United States, at least 200,000 more people have died than usual since March, according to a New York Times analysis of estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is about 60,000 higher than the number of deaths that have been directly linked to the coronavirus.
As the pandemic has moved south and west from its epicenter in New York City, so have the unusual patterns in deaths from all causes. That suggests that the official death counts may be substantially underestimating the overall effects of the virus, as people die from the virus as well as by other causes linked to the pandemic." The New York Times
“Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, said during an April 8 White House coronavirus briefing that many who succumb to the virus do have other underlying conditions. But that doesn’t mean that they aren’t dying from COVID-19.
‘Those individuals will have an underlying condition, but that underlying condition did not cause their acute death when it’s related to a COVID infection,’ Birx said. ‘In fact, it’s the opposite. Having an underlying condition and getting this virus, we know is particularly damaging to those individuals.’
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also has pushed back against what he called ‘conspiracy theories’ that the U.S. is overcounting the coronavirus death toll. On April 9, he said on NBC’s "Today" show that there’s “absolutely no evidence that that’s the case.”
‘I think the deaths that we’re seeing are coronavirus deaths, and the other deaths are not being counted as coronavirus deaths,’ he said." USA TODAY
Facebook post:🔺Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted masks won’t help against the virus and mask manufacturers are now including warnings that their products do not deter COVID19.”
Fact Check: This too is misleading. First and foremost, masks are not worn to "deter" Covid 19 and they will not prevent you from getting the virus. Masks are worn to prevent the spread of the virus so that people aren't spraying the virus from their mouths onto others.
Moreover, there is this from Fact Check.org:
"An outdated video clip of Dr. Anthony Fauci is circulating on social media — giving the false impression he is currently advising the public not to wear face masks. Fauci, like other health officials, recommends wearing a cloth face covering when distances of at least six feet can’t be maintained.
...the science around the novel coronavirus has evolved, Dr. Dean Winslow, an infectious disease physician at Stanford Health Care, explained in an interview with FactCheck.org.
In early March, so few patients had been tested that public health officials didn’t yet know that people could spread the virus without showing symptoms, said Winslow.
'That was just not known at that point,' he said.
Winslow noted that Fauci appeared to be making two points in the interview. He was pushing back on the idea that a mask could protect the wearer from infection, and he was emphasizing the importance of other measures, such as maintaining a distance of at least six feet between people." Fact Check.org
Facebook post: 🔺Fauci also said that continuing to close the country could cause irreparable damage.
Fact Check: This is an incomplete statement:
“’I don’t want people to think that any of us feel that staying locked down for a prolonged period of time is the way to go,’ Fauci said during an interview with CNBC’s Meg Tirrell on ‘Halftime Report.’
He said the U.S. had to institute severe measures because Covid-19 cases were exploding then.
‘But now is the time, depending upon where you are and what your situation is, to begin to seriously look at reopening the economy, reopening the country to try to get back to some degree of normal.’"
However, Fauci also cautioned states against reducing social distancing measures too quickly, adding they must take “very significant precautions.”
“In general, I think most of the country is doing it in a prudent way,” he said. “There are obviously some situations where people might be jumping over that. I just say please proceed with caution if you’re going to do that.” CNBC
Fauci has never recommended reopening the economy at the risk of the public's health. He also supports keeping precautionary measures in place.
"Among Fauci’s top concerns: that there will be new outbreaks in locations where social distancing has eased, but public health officials don’t yet have the capabilities to rapidly test for the virus, isolate any new cases and track down everyone that an infected person came into contact with.
“I’ll guarantee you, once you start pulling back there will be infections. It’s how you deal with the infections that’s going count,” Fauci told the AP.
Key is “getting people out of circulation if they get infected, because once you start getting clusters, then you’re really in trouble,” he added." AP
Unfortunately, the post we cited to above goes on with further inaccuracies. Moreover, the post contains no source material while making misleading statements regarding the Coronavirus. This is a prime example of why social media has become unreliable as a source of factual information. People are making careless commentary on social media without fact checking what they are saying. These posts do more harm than good.
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