US @Surgeon_General asked all 50 states for examples and impact of covid misinformation. Indiana attorney general @ToddRokitaIN responded with a long list of misinformation pushed by @CDCgov.https://t.co/r7nlfZ4jdC
— Martin Kulldorff (@MartinKulldorff) May 17, 2022
May 2, 2022
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General
Action: Request for Information (RFI)
Subject: Impact of Health Misinformation in the Digital Information Environment in the United States
Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic
Response: COVID-19 Misinformation from Official Sources During the Pandemic
Submitting parties: Todd Rokita, Indiana Attorney General; Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, Professor at Stanford
University School of Medicine; and Dr. Kulldorff, Senior Research Fellow at the Brownstone Institute and
former Professor at Harvard University School of Medicine.
The Office of the Surgeon General requested information on the prevalence of health misinformation
during the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of such misinformation on the U.S. public health system in
order to be better prepared to respond to a future public health crisis.
We agree that misinformation has been a major problem during the pandemic. The spread of inaccurate
scientific information has made it difficult for the public to make the right decisions to protect themselves,
their families, and their communities from COVID-19 and the collateral public health damage arising from
the pandemic countermeasures. As such, the disinformation has led to great harm in the lives and
livelihoods of Americans. We submit the following examples of disinformation from the CDC and other
health organizations that have shattered the public’s trust in science and public health and will take
decades to repair.
DOWNLOAD THE FULL DOCUMENT HERE: Indiana Attorney General COVID Misinformation Submission