Last night, I wrote up my initial thoughts on Google+ after using it for a day. Overall, I find it pretty compelling so far. While there is a bit of a learning curve, after about 15 minutes, I found myself at home using the service. Is it a cesspool of misinformation that threatens the health and safety of both actual people and democratic institutions? Uh huh. It also mentioned the potential spread of COVID 19 misinformation to American users, linked to a ring of 672,000 accounts in Spain.[Video: Facebook]Going back a whole month, to August, the advocacy group Avaaz reported that misleading health content had garnered an estimated 3.8 billion views on Facebook over the past year, peaking during the pandemic. The report said that content from 10 sites sharing health misinformation had almost four times as many Facebook views in April as equivalent content from the sites of 10 leading health institutions, such as the World Health Organization and the CDC.Meanwhile, a few weeks ago, the brand released a sweet short film about how a beloved New York neighborhood restaurant called Coogan had to shut down during the pandemic.
Morale at the agency is at an all time low, career scientists have told The Post in recent months.In a statement at the time, Redfield pledged to “do everything in my power” to support the CDC’s scientists.Experts said Walensky’s priorities should include unmuzzling CDC experts including herself and allowing them to speak directly and regularly to the public.Some public health experts worry that a singular focus on infectious diseases could lead to neglecting chronic diseases, which account for a huge and growing proportion of the country’s long term health care costs.But those who have worked closely with Walensky said they have confidence in her ability to learn and adjust.Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who will be a top medical adviser in the Biden administration, called her a valued colleague and friend.”She is an outstanding individual, highly respected in her field of infectious diseases, who I have no doubt will adjust and adapt to the challenges involved in managing a large public health agency,” Fauci said.”I was hoping for someone who is an experienced public health leader, but hopefully she’ll become one quickly. I hope whoever sits in those positions will consider ways to change governance to limit political influence in the future,” said one CDC epidemiologist who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share personal thoughts..