New Study Calls Donald Trump The Largest Source Of COVID Misinformation

The US President’s claims range from using HCQ anti-malaria tablets to disinfectant injections to cure Coronavirus has made him the root cause of misinformation during the pandemic, says a study

Raghav N

October 2, 2020

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A new study conducted by the Cornell University in the United States has revealed that President Donald Trump is the single largest driver of misinformation during the pandemic.

Terming him as the root cause for wrong COVID19 related information, it was reported that there are 11 such instances of misled claims or conspiracy theories around the virus by the president. This is termed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an ‘infodemic.’

In April 2020, Trump declared that anti-Malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) could be a game changer for COVID19, while during a White House briefing in April, he spoke about the possibility of using a disinfectant injection such as a bleach to kill the contagion. On 23 April, he assessed the idea of using ultraviolet rays to destroy Corona.

According to the research, on April 24, there were more than 30,000 articles on miracle cures, that is 300% more than the usual numbers, which were largely driven by Donald Trump. The report concluded that the miracle cures alone constituted for more unvalidated information than the other 10 topics combined.

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