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Undermining confidence in the vaccine

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Let’s start with a simple truth:

If you get your news from our must trusted mainstream sources, however, it would be very understandable if you thought otherwise:

Two critical points:

1)The CDC report, at most, indicates that vaccinated people who get infected with COVID-19 are similarly likely to transmit the virus. But vaccinated people are much, much, much less likely to get infected, and hence much, much less likely to transmit the virus, despite the strong implication otherwise of the NYT tweet,

2)Given the extent to which the study relies on one highly unrepresentative event (a 4th of July event in Provincetown) it’s not even very strong evidence that vaccinated people who get infected with COVID-19 are equally likely to transmit the virus.

A related problem is reporting scary-sounding numbers of breakthrough infections without any mention of the vastly higher denominator:

The conservative media ecosystem is the biggest problem, but the misleading clickbait being put out by mainstream sources is really, really not helping.

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