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But I saw it on Facebook: Hoaxes making doctors' jobs harder in pandemic

Conversations with the American public through cable news interviews and op-eds like this one try to dissect and debunk the many myths about new virus

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Public health organizations have been unable to keep up with the deluge of sophisticated medical myths and pseudoscience shared on Facebook.

Seema Yasmin, Craig Spencer | NYT
The news came from a colleague — not a doctor but someone who works in the emergency room and has seen firsthand the devastation caused by the pandemic. “There is a cure for Covid-19,” he said. “It must be true because a doctor friend shared a Facebook post about this cure.”

When confronted with the latest, credible scientific evidence — that there is no cure for Covid-19, that the disease has killed more than 180,000 Americans precisely because we have no effective way of averting death for the millions who are infected — he doubled down. “But I saw it

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First Published: Aug 29 2020 | 12:22 PM IST

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