Sunday House Call, #737, May 3, 2020: : The “Infodemic”. A conversation with Tim Caulfield about the explosion of COVID19 pandemic misinformation.
Although snakeoil, the peddlers of scientific misinformation, and conspiracy theorists have been aplenty prior to the pandemic, it seems to have entered hyperdrive now. Many who promote evidenced-based principles are working overtime to explain and debunk this deluge of misinformation that in some cases threatens people’s lives. Emergency rooms are reporting cases of bleach poisoning and we know where that came from.
Timothy Caulfield is the Canada Research Chair in Health Law & Policy
Professor, Faculty of Law and School of Public Health
Research Director, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton
He is the author of several books, The Cure for Everything and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything, Host of the Netflix series “A User’s Guide to Cheating Death and was appointed to the Royal Society of Canada Task Force to help support Canada’s response to and recovery from COVID-19.
He describes the present Coronavirus pandemic and an “infodemic”.
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