This Is Why You Should Not Trust Everything Science Says – “Especially When It Goes Viral”

COVID-19 is the first pandemic to occur along the Internet. Because of this, thoughts and records about the disease have unfold like never before—however they aren’t continually right.

One of the stories that got a lot of attention was about how changing the land can cause diseases to spread from animals to people.

Mader and colleagues outline what amounts to a case study on inappropriate science communication and its potential repercussions using trends found in this literature and media coverage.

The authors say that media coverage always showed a direct link between the spread of zoonotic diseases and changes in land use

even though only 53% of the peer-reviewed literature they looked at made this link.

The authors use hypothetical situations to show how hard it is to track down the real risk of zoonotic spillover.

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