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    Way too much coronavirus media coverage.

    When the coronavirus outbreak began escalating into a global pandemic, every news media outlet provided continual coverage of the unfolding crisis 24/7. Sadly some were unverified and/or misleading.

    To help prevent misinformation:
    • The media convey information to the public without sensationalism and without disturbing images.
    • Rely on trusted sources such as the Centers for Disease Control or World Health Organization for information to stay abreast of critical updates, limit repetitious exposure to media stories, and be wary of reports on social media whose veracity cannot be ensured.
    • Community leaders and health-care providers clearly communicate with the public about practicing protective behaviors such as hand washing, sanitizing surfaces, social distancing.
    • Promote calm, rational action, and encourage cooperation to slow the spread.

    Feel free to add to the list.

    "Never argue with an idiot. They'll just drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience" George Carlin

  • #2
    Originally posted by Reimnitz View Post
    Way too much coronavirus media coverage.

    When the coronavirus outbreak began escalating into a global pandemic, every news media outlet provided continual coverage of the unfolding crisis 24/7. Sadly some were unverified and/or misleading.

    To help prevent misinformation:
    • The media convey information to the public without sensationalism and without disturbing images.
    • Rely on trusted sources such as the Centers for Disease Control or World Health Organization for information to stay abreast of critical updates, limit repetitious exposure to media stories, and be wary of reports on social media whose veracity cannot be ensured.
    • Community leaders and health-care providers clearly communicate with the public about practicing protective behaviors such as hand washing, sanitizing surfaces, social distancing.
    • Promote calm, rational action, and encourage cooperation to slow the spread.

    Feel free to add to the list.

    I agree 100% on only relying on reliable sources for COVID-19 updates. The ones you listed are acceptable. I would add JHU: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/

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    • #3
      Stop relying on the news media is smart. The media have a lower rating than Trump when it comes to reporting on the COVID-19 virus. We all know Trump exaggerates but the media outright lies.



      COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
      Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
      Get the latest research from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus
      Find NCBI SARS-CoV-2 literature, sequence, and clinical content: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sars-cov-2/







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      “Someone who doesn’t know is less stupid than someone who wrongly think he knows."

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Nikki View Post
        Stop relying on the news media is smart. The media have a lower rating than Trump when it comes to reporting on the COVID-19 virus. We all know Trump exaggerates but the media outright lies.
        uh... I think it's pretty well established that he does his fair share of outright lying rather than simply 'exaggerating'...

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        • #5
          Don't rely on any politician, either, especially a Democrat. They have lied, cheated and defrauded us for the last four years under Trump and the preceding eight years under Obama.

          You might as well just flip a coin.
          Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Reimnitz View Post
            Way too much coronavirus media coverage.

            When the coronavirus outbreak began escalating into a global pandemic, every news media outlet provided continual coverage of the unfolding crisis 24/7. Sadly some were unverified and/or misleading.

            To help prevent misinformation:
            • The media convey information to the public without sensationalism and without disturbing images.
            • Rely on trusted sources such as the Centers for Disease Control or World Health Organization for information to stay abreast of critical updates, limit repetitious exposure to media stories, and be wary of reports on social media whose veracity cannot be ensured.
            • Community leaders and health-care providers clearly communicate with the public about practicing protective behaviors such as hand washing, sanitizing surfaces, social distancing.
            • Promote calm, rational action, and encourage cooperation to slow the spread.

            Feel free to add to the list.
            I agree. For what other purpose do we have established health-care systems, epidemiology, disease control, public health researchers, etc if not for the benefit of public health? For some it has all become just another partisan political battle. I want highly trained, educated, and experienced health-care professionals playing a major role in these things. It's kinda the point of having those people and institutions...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
              Don't rely on any politician, either, especially a Democrat. They have lied, cheated and defrauded us for the last four years under Trump and the preceding eight years under Obama.

              You might as well just flip a coin.
              And yet people keep voting for and defending the corruption on either side... Maybe in November all Americans should vote Libertarian to well and truly drain the swamp...

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              • #8
                Stop calling statistical models science. Statistical models are applied science and as it relates to medicine almost an art form.

                Currently the data has been corrupted by politics. That doesn't mean that the models are not useful it only means that they are less useful than they could be.

                The mask debate is a good example of how political affiliation influences public policy. As best I can tell the wide spread adoption of face coverings by the general population reduces the spread of the virus by less than 10 percent. It would of course likely be higher if masks were correctly applied but both practical and behavioral problems form an almost insurmountable obstacle. The effectiveness of face coverings would seem to support those opposed to mandating them but I don't think that is true. You have to consider each prophylactic practice as additive. Additionally there seems to be evidence that the severity of illness is closely related to initial viral load. The devil is always in the details and are almost impossible to communicate to the general population.

                There is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding this virus, thus the term novel. We should not expect anyone to have the hard answers the public wants.

                We hunt the hunters

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by wolfhnd View Post
                  Stop calling statistical models science.
                  Who said that?

                  Currently the data has been corrupted by politics.
                  Perhaps in some countries/regions, but it's not the same everywhere.

                  As best I can tell the wide spread adoption of face coverings by the general population reduces the spread of the virus by less than 10 percent.
                  How did you come to that conclusion? An honest question. I'm curious about what the research shows. What do you think about those regions/countries (for example Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan) that are early adopters of masks, not just now for covid but where it has been for a long time much more culturally accepted and encouraged for public health in general? Do they see a more significant benefit to mask usage?

                  It would of course likely be higher if masks were correctly applied but both practical and behavioral problems form an almost insurmountable obstacle.
                  Agree. Proper vs improper usage can likely make a significant difference.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Schmart View Post

                    Who said that?



                    Perhaps in some countries/regions, but it's not the same everywhere.



                    How did you come to that conclusion? An honest question. I'm curious about what the research shows. What do you think about those regions/countries (for example Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan) that are early adopters of masks, not just now for covid but where it has been for a long time much more culturally accepted and encouraged for public health in general? Do they see a more significant benefit to mask usage?



                    Agree. Proper vs improper usage can likely make a significant difference.
                    I read research papers but don't save them. Of course just because a paper is peer reviewed doesn't mean much. If I have time I will look for the papers that convinced me the 10 percent number was reasonable.
                    We hunt the hunters

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Schmart View Post

                      And yet people keep voting for and defending the corruption on either side... Maybe in November all Americans should vote Libertarian to well and truly drain the swamp...
                      Most do yes, and those of us remaining who are still sane and can think for ourselves are vastly outnumbered by the welfare sheeple, the couch potato sheeple, the sports sheeple and the videogame no-brainer sheeple. Welcome to Rome - the bread and circuses will continue until civilization collapses.l
                      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
                        Don't rely on any politician, either, especially a Democrat. They have lied, cheated and defrauded us for the last four years under Trump and the preceding eight years under Obama.

                        You might as well just flip a coin.
                        According to moderates on AOC the only people you can trust are random people that put out video's on YouTube or create blogs and spout conspiracy theories.
                        Conservatives in the U.S. won't be happy until Jim Crow returns and "White Heterosexual Only" signs are legalized.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by wolfhnd View Post
                          Stop calling statistical models science. Statistical models are applied science and as it relates to medicine almost an art form.

                          Currently the data has been corrupted by politics. That doesn't mean that the models are not useful it only means that they are less useful than they could be.

                          The mask debate is a good example of how political affiliation influences public policy. As best I can tell the wide spread adoption of face coverings by the general population reduces the spread of the virus by less than 10 percent. It would of course likely be higher if masks were correctly applied but both practical and behavioral problems form an almost insurmountable obstacle. The effectiveness of face coverings would seem to support those opposed to mandating them but I don't think that is true. You have to consider each prophylactic practice as additive. Additionally there seems to be evidence that the severity of illness is closely related to initial viral load. The devil is always in the details and are almost impossible to communicate to the general population.

                          There is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding this virus, thus the term novel. We should not expect anyone to have the hard answers the public wants.
                          Add to that in most cases the "mandate" is for "face covering" and many are far from the effective seal of surgical style respirators. The handkerchief and/or bandana style might look impressive, but the material hardly screens something the size of the virus, nor provides an all around seal. They make a good surrogate of compliance though. Then there's those plastic face shield which just deflect direction of exhales and inhale path, but no filtration at all.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Schmart View Post

                            And yet people keep voting for and defending the corruption on either side...
                            "People" don't intentionally vote for, or defend, the "corruption on either side" ... most vote for what they perceive to be the Merits of either side, being the one they identify with. This sort of statement/attitude is typical of those whom are not the sort of "informed and involved citizen" representative democracies are based upon, or of those whom have any clear clue and perspective of what is happening in politics or government. No offense intended, just fact based upon observation.

                            The choice to begin "a run for political office" starts with one's family and how much they are ready to become a public target in the "cross-hairs" of the opposition. Then can one acquire a team to help with the numerous details of operating/running a campaign. Simultaneous can one acquire the backers and financial $upport needed to run a campaign. Along the way, is "One's" campaign even viable enough to be worth such investment$ and efforts. To be frank, takes someone with a lot of energy, grit, stamina, and dedication to even start to run for an office, let alone do it again a couple years later.

                            BTW, while I may not agree with agenda and goals of the Democrat/Socialists here, I can appreciate and admire their efforts to be part of our political process (Beats rioting and looting).

                            In summary, having spent last few years more involved with the Party of my choice and other Civic focused Orgs, I think I've a more informed and accurate gauge than the "couch complainers"/ "do-nothings" common on the InterNet.

                            I've put "skin in the game" (started runs for an office or two before declining to better qualified), worked with local Parties and Orgs, gotten to know local personalities in the process of becoming/sustaining political representation, and helped at grassroots/"boots on the ground" to make such happen.

                            Too many "Citizens" think their Duty lies in:
                            1) Pay Taxes
                            2) Stay out of Jail
                            3) Vote every couple years/couple elections.

                            In essence the bare minimum. Considering that at best of time barely half whom can (Legally) Vote do so, doesn't say much about the average Citizen/Voter/Taxpayer.

                            They get what they INVEST in.


                            Originally posted by Schmart View Post
                            ... Maybe in November all Americans should vote Libertarian to well and truly drain the swamp...
                            Considering "Libertarian" rarely gets 1% or less, not likely to gain traction real soon and real quick. Aside that half of their platform floats with some, other half sinks, and vice-versa .....

                            While engaging hemp bong pipe dreams might as well wish a majority of Americans will elect the Tooth Fairy and the Pink~Rainbow Unicorn ...


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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post

                              Most do yes, and those of us remaining who are still sane and can think for ourselves are vastly outnumbered by the welfare sheeple, the couch potato sheeple, the sports sheeple and the videogame no-brainer sheeple. Welcome to Rome - the bread and circuses will continue until civilization collapses.l
                              See my response above ...

                              Add to it, ;
                              1) There are those that DO ...
                              2) Those whom Don't DO, but complain constant ...
                              3) Those whom haven't a clue, but will obstruct anyways ....



                              About half of those whom could "LEGALLY" Vote do so, in best of years, ....
                              Most think their duty as "Citizens" amounts to:
                              1) Pay Taxes
                              2) Stay out of Jail
                              3) Vote every couple of years/elections ...

                              ... NOTE; in the best of Times, about 50% of those whom can "legally" vote, do so ...
                              ... says little positive about the future of our nation .... eh?!

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