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County supervisors to likely declare COVID-19 misinformation its own health crisis

Board would commit to combating falsehoods, developing policies to promote evidence-based interventions

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will likely officially declare misinformation concerning COVID-19 a public health crisis in itself.

The resolution says there's been more than 95,000 cases of COVID-19 countywide and 921 deaths as of Sept 25, 2021.

It also points out vaccine "misinformation has caused confusion and led to eligible people declining COVID-19 vaccines, rejecting health measures such as face coverings and physical distancing, and using unproven treatments."

The U.S. surgeon general, on July 15, issued an advisory describing the "urgent threat" posed by the risk of false information about COVID-19 putting lives at risk and prolonging the pandemic.

The declaration, if approved, will commit the board to combating misinformation and developing and supporting policies to promote evidence-based interventions, including vaccines and using face masks. The board would also discourage misinformation and give a platform to "culturally relevant medical experts and trusted messengers."

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The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors meets virtually at 9 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 12) and can be found at https://ems8.intellor.com/join/UsEWJjgzoX or at www.contracosta.ca.gov.

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County supervisors to likely declare COVID-19 misinformation its own health crisis

Board would commit to combating falsehoods, developing policies to promote evidence-based interventions

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Uploaded: Sun, Oct 10, 2021, 6:34 pm

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will likely officially declare misinformation concerning COVID-19 a public health crisis in itself.

The resolution says there's been more than 95,000 cases of COVID-19 countywide and 921 deaths as of Sept 25, 2021.

It also points out vaccine "misinformation has caused confusion and led to eligible people declining COVID-19 vaccines, rejecting health measures such as face coverings and physical distancing, and using unproven treatments."

The U.S. surgeon general, on July 15, issued an advisory describing the "urgent threat" posed by the risk of false information about COVID-19 putting lives at risk and prolonging the pandemic.

The declaration, if approved, will commit the board to combating misinformation and developing and supporting policies to promote evidence-based interventions, including vaccines and using face masks. The board would also discourage misinformation and give a platform to "culturally relevant medical experts and trusted messengers."

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors meets virtually at 9 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 12) and can be found at https://ems8.intellor.com/join/UsEWJjgzoX or at www.contracosta.ca.gov.

Comments

Dalen
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Danville
on Oct 11, 2021 at 8:38 am
Dalen, Danville
Registered user
on Oct 11, 2021 at 8:38 am

Misinformation according to WHO’s standards - if we really followed the science we would be singing a different song and who can force anyone to do something to their body they don’t want and lose their job because they refuse to get it - just disgusting.


H
Registered user
San Ramon Valley High School
on Oct 11, 2021 at 10:12 am
H, San Ramon Valley High School
Registered user
on Oct 11, 2021 at 10:12 am

WTF is wrong with these people? In what universe is this within the scope of the county supervisors when the vaccination rate here is like 80%+? These people need to get off the internet and do their jobs here in Contra Costa County. What an absolute joke!


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