Health misinformation harms people's lives
In any context, health misinformation harm’s people’s lives. Publishing articles, tweets, informational posts, web pages, whatever… telling people to take up to eight grams of medication XYZanalgesic per day to remove bunions would be very dangerous to credulous people’s lives and may even cause deaths, says Dr. Anderson of The RINJ Foundation.
“There is no category of medical misinformation that does not bring harm,” says US nurse in agreement with Dr. Anderson.
“In recent times, the global SARS2 pandemic has been the focus of some measure of subterfuge. For example, as was reported on Washington DC’s radio station WTOP, this morning, a dangerous ring of psychological warfare actors have been exposed by Facebook and by international law enforcement,” explains Monique Deslauriers, a Calais Maine nurse.
This quasi-militia group was creating massive numbers of unique informational posts in America that offered a negative characterization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as well as the AstraZenica vaccine. In fact the campaign, operated from Russia but using countless thousands of minions lured into re-posting the messages around the globe, and as many as six dozen fake Facebook accounts and twenty dozen Instagram accounts was scaring people away from vaccination with wild stories that simply are not true, according to media reports in the USA.
The US Department of Health and Human Services says, ‘Although health misinformation is not a recent phenomenon, in recent years it has spread at unprecedented speed and scale, especially online’.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted on Monday that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should not approve the COVID-19 vaccines. She claimed her reasoning is that vaccines were failing and that they were ineffective at reducing the virus’s spread.
“But this is an outrageous and deliberate lie with only one single intent, to cause harm!” say some extremely angry medical practitioners.
According to Dr. Anderson and many other medical professionals, the vaccines approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19 use the very best and latest of various bio-medical technologies resulting in most vaccines having 100% efficacy, and others close to that, in preventing serious illness. “If only we could have had vaccines this good for the past 100 years,” said Dr. Anderson.
Today, Tuesday, Twitter has blocked Greene from tweeting for a week. She is suspended from the Twitter service, reports the New York Times’
“I have people telling me the strangest stories about vaccines that leave me gobsmacked. I ask ‘where did you learn this nonsense about vaccinations‘, and the reply is usually one of the social media platforms,” says an exasperated medical doctor in the Middle East, Dr. Nassima al Amouri , who works for the RINJ Foundation, a global women’s rights civil society group.
“What I am saying, is that people believe this bizarre nonsense and are being killed by the virus because of this misinformation. It’s murder,” Dr. al Amouri added. “And people in the so-called ruling class should be brought to justice for abusing their power and providing dangerous medical misinformation to constituents.”
“I have read the statements made by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy who has unequivocally confirmed that evidence proves disinformation is deadly. I would argue that supports my opinion that people who do this type of thing from a position of trust should be indicted criminally. They are exploiting and either deliberately making the credulous persons to whom they target their disinformation incredibly sick, or killing these credulous people. Somebody needs to wake up. This is criminal conduct, not just mischief,” said just one more angry doctor.