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Letter to the editor: Letters spreading inaccurate information, writers should cite 'expert' sources

Series: Coronavirus | Story 119

Last updated 5/16/2020 at 10:33am

I'm not sure why the Beacon feels it is necessary to publish letters that deny science, as this just spreads disinformation. At least don't publish letters that make us slap our head and burst out laughing. Eric Wallin claims that “social engagement allows us to ward off cold, flu and even cancer more effectively.”

Where do I begin? No, no and no. Being exposed to people with colds and flu only increases our chance of getting it, especially if we have not had the flu vaccine. Cancer is not transmissible between people. I suppose that smoking makes us immune to lung cancer?

Leslie Gregg states that “experts” say that herd immunity is the best way, absent a vaccine to protect the most vulnerable from infection. Actually, this is the exact opposite of what the CDC states. Herd immunity is achieved primarily through vaccination. Waiting for herd immunity to occur absent a vaccine is not a good public health strategy.

The Imperial College of London published a report predicting up to 40 million worldwide deaths in 2020 if we did not have lockdowns. In the future, please state what “experts” you are referencing. I can go on YouTube and find “experts” that state the earth is flat, but I've yet to see documented evidence of the end of the earth.

George Briggs



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