CNBC 19 Jul 2020

Why People Believe Covid-19 Conspiracies


Scientists have been studying Covid-19 in real-time as the world collectively goes through a traumatic, world-changing event. It's killed more than half a million people and we still don't have all the answers.

As a result, conspiracy theories have spread alongside the virus. And for companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, longstanding questions about how they should handle misinformation on their platforms have never been more relevant.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday changed its guidance again after an outcry from public health officials, saying asymptomatic people who have come in contact with Covid-19 should be tested. The updated guidance aligns more closely with previous recommendations. Aired on 09/18/2020.
Today's What America's Thinking explores public opinion on conspiracy theories and misinformation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 election. A new Hill-HarrisX poll finds 56 percent of voters say the theory that COVID-19 was created in a lab is likely to be true. Dritan Nesho, Chief Researcher and CEO of HarrisX, and Melissa Ryan, CEO of combating misinformation firm, CARD Strategies, joins Hill TV to discuss the issue.

'This survey was conducted online within the United States from August 18-19, 2020 among 948 registered voters by HarrisX. The sampling margin of error of this poll is plus or minus 3.18 percentage points. The results reflect a nationally representative sample of registered voters. Results were weighted for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, income, political party, and education where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population.
The Government has extended the isolation period for those displaying coronavirus symptoms to 10 days instead of seven in England.

The move comes after scientists believe there is a "real possibility" people with COVID-19 are infectious for longer than previously thought.
Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says officials are looking into whether it's practical to test people for COVID-19 when they enter Canada instead of requiring them to quarantine.

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