Trump made Covid misinformation mainstream. It may be his most dangerous legacy.
Disinformation and misinformation are now the biggest factors in our pandemic response. For a physician and a public health worker like me, one of the most heartbreaking figures to circulate after last week’s election was the poll that said almost half of U.S. voters think the pandemic is somewhat or mostly under control.The United States has officially entered what is likely to be the worst surge of Covid-19 it has seen to date. On Tuesday, around 62,000 people were hospitalized in the country, breaking prior records, and 49 states reported increased hospitalizations Over 1,000 deaths were recorded every day of the past week. And yet, the counties worst hit by the coronavirus all overwhelming voted for President Donald Trump. How can all these facts coexist in one reality? And what does it mean for how we control the pandemic moving forward?The United States has officially entered what is likely to be the worst surge of Covid-19 it has seen to date.A few dynamics, which are likely to collapse in the near future, may be able to explain this disconnect. First, two powerfully deceptive narratives, sometimes driven by our own politicians, have become deeply rooted. These narratives are the false dichotomy