Many science experts have expresses their disbelief at the misinformation that are presented in these briefings.
As the world continues its exhausting battle against the novel Coronavirus, the most important tool in the hands of people is information and precaution. Clear, scientific measures are needed to survive and fight back but it is also crucial that misinformation is curbed. America is at a position that the urgency of the situation cannot be overstated as the number of deaths is already 1,032.
In a bid to contain misinformation, the Seattle station of NPR has decided to stop the live broadcast of President Trump's Coronavirus briefings as they are unable to fact-check the statements in real-time. As reported by Deadline, KUOW Public Radio released a statement on Twitter in which they said: "KUOW is monitoring White House briefings for the latest news on the coronavirus — and we will continue to share all news relevant to Washington State with our listeners."
They added: "However, we will not be airing the briefings live due to a pattern of false or misleading information provided that cannot be fact checked in real time."
KUOW is monitoring White House briefings for the latest news on the coronavirus — and we will continue to share all news relevant to Washington State with our listeners. (1)— KUOW Public Radio (@KUOW) March 24, 2020
It is becoming increasingly difficult to contain misinformation and a recent case of a man's death due to consuming anti-malaria medicine thinking it can protect against Coronavirus makes the move an important one. It is better to broadcast fact-checked statements rather than any statement that can do more harm than good.
Meanwhile, the urgent pleas of social distancing and self-isolation are being fervently requested by the authorities and the virus can be beaten only with the combined effort of people and the government working together.