Here’s the thing. People having huge gatherings like anti lockdown rallies are endangering themselves, everyone they interact with, and our healthcare system. Starting from a core viewpoint that most people aren’t actually evil, it can only be explained by a deliberate...
Cohesive, profoundly compelling false narratives and silos that amplify misinformation.
We need to address this urgently, but the fix isn’t outrage, or insults.
But I’m struggling with the approach here; this is a huge structure of “parallel universe” level misinformation.
So as good relevant point raised below which I can add to the thread:
That anxiety-fear responses underpin the extreme pandemic responses: mostly denial + seeking evidence it’s not a threat, but maybe also extremes of avoidance and fearful takes on evolving science honestly
All of our limbic systems have been LIT for a year plus - our reptilian brain are activated and convert feelings to responses and behaviours whilst skipping the rational mind (like fight or flight). Fear and instability can make people seek certainty, so the honest scientific
communications of “we think X but that may change with more data” do not hit the mark like “This is not a big deal / the tests are wrong. We don’t need to do any of these things.”
I’m not a neuropsych expert so open to correction BTW. Maybe the message has to be framed as
Ways to really take control, just being sensible, protecting communities, less fear-doom and more pragmatism, plus harnessing the power of personal experience over the sometimes numbing statistics that people seem to ignore?
Ideas welcome.
Maybe :
Call a misinformed friend (not via social media) while firmly anchored in friendly concern, suggest you are worried poor information is misleading people, but the good news is we just need to take control of things now to get through vaccine rollout....
and we can turn this around? That right now is a crucial time and test rates or not clearly young healthy people are getting sick- and if they don’t get COVID they still may experience health system challenges. We just need caution for a while longer.
(I just don’t know...)
Also- If people who have had moderate- severe COVID (likely 5%) or even nasty outpatient COVID share what that is like maybe that’ll make it more real.
There, social media may help. Please everyone encourage that.
(It’s miserable and you wouldn’t wish it on your worst enemy.)
Plus-yes a million typos and syntax issues, apologies I’m multitasking.

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