Dangerous disinformation should be treated as another online harm
Late last year, to not much fanfare, four countries in Europe lost their ‘measles elimination’ status, as cases surged. The US is also now in danger of losing the same status. Although symptoms are unpleasant, and can have long term effects, most people recover. However, around the world, 140,000 people died from measles in 2018, a rise of 18,000 over the previous year. This compares with 11,300 deaths from Ebola in the 2014-2016 outbreak, and, at the last count, 1900 deaths from coronavirus.
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