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I've read this article twice this morning. While the author does not expressly state it, the findings demonstrably prove that most of the news media is deliberately misinforming the public to keep the panic going.

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"On average, Americans believe that people aged 55 and older account for just over half of total COVID-19 deaths; the actual figure is 92%."

"Americans believe that people aged 44 and younger account for about 30% of total deaths; the actual figure is 2.7%."

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"Americans overestimate the risk of death from COVID-19 for people aged 24 and younger by a factor of 50; and they think the risk for people aged 65 and older is half of what it actually is (40% vs 80%)."

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"Mortality data have shown from the very beginning that the COVID-19 virus age-discriminates, with deaths overwhelmingly concentrated in people who are older and suffer comorbidities. This is perhaps the only uncontroversial piece of evidence we have about this virus."

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"The discrepancy with the actual mortality data is staggering: for people aged 18–24, the share of those worried about serious health consequences is 400 times higher than the share of total COVID deaths; for those age 25–34 it is 90 times higher."

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"People who get their information predominantly from social media have the most erroneous and distorted perception of risk."

"Those who identify as Democrats tend to mistakenly overstate the risk of death from COVID-19 for younger people much more than Republicans."

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"From a public interest perspective, we believe the top priority should be better information and a less partisan, more fact-based public debate. It is shocking that six months into the pandemic so many people still ignore the basic mortality statistics"

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