“When there’s an absence of consistent messaging from authorities, many rumors and conspiracy theories can fill the void, and that makes it very difficult for people to figure out what it is that they should do,” says Roxane Cohen Silver, a UC Irvine professor of psychological science. … “I would encourage people to monitor the amount of time that they’re engaged with the media to make sure that they’re checking trustworthy authoritative sources,” Cohen Silver says.
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National Geographic, June 26, 2020
June 26, 2020