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Why false claims about COVID-19 refuse to die

Nautilus, April 16, 2020

April 16, 2020

Why false claims about COVID-19 refuse to die

Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall, UCI associate professor and professor of logic and philosophy write, “There is a pandemic of misinformation about COVID-19 spreading on social media sites.” … “In recent months, claims with some scientific legitimacy have spread so far, so fast, that even if it later becomes clear they are false or unfounded, they cannot be laid to rest. Instead, they become information zombies, continuing to shamble on long after they should be dead.”