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Surgeon General Warns Misinformation An 'Urgent Threat' to Public Health

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Dr. Vivek Murthy's advisory -- the first under the Biden administration -- addresses an epidemic of misinformation and disinformation, and its pernicious impact on public health -- specifically threatening the U.S. response to COVID-19. It frames misinformation as having hindered vaccination efforts, sown mistrust, caused people to reject public health measures, use unproven treatments, prolonged the pandemic, and put lives at risk.

"Surgeon general advisories are reserved ...