A few days after President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus a national emergency and cautioned against gathering in groups, a Facebook post accusing the government of being “up to something” went viral in Pennsylvania.
Last weekend, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey told his Twitter followers that wearing homemade masks in public would stop the spread of the coronavirus. But with masks in such short supply for health care workers, we wondered if that's true.
Brian Fitzpatrick is right that the coronavirus fatality rate in the U.S. roughly matches South Korea’s and is far lower than Italy’s. But an epidemiologist cautioned against reading too much into those numbers.
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, it had become increasingly tough for Pennsylvanians to determine what is true and what’s not. But now, promoting facts and knocking down falsehoods is more important than ever.